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Alternative Educational Programs

Vernon Public Schools offers alternative education settings for students with social, emotional, behavioral and academic needs that cannot be met in a traditional, less restrictive educational setting. Students enrolled in alternative education settings benefit from the same academic standards set for all students in Vernon. Alternative education settings are responsive to student needs by providing unique programming, nontraditional hours, or hybrid experiences for students along the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) continuum. These programs focus on students’ individual strengths, talents, social/emotional/behavioral needs and provide academic rigor and culturally relevant instruction.

Our alternative programs are available for students, as recommended by the Planning and Placement Team (PPT), to provide a continuum of services. There are clear and objective criteria for program admission, consistent with stated program guidelines that are provided to students and their parents/guardians at the time of admittance into the alternative setting. The alternative educational programs in Vernon are described below.