alternative school


: an elementary or secondary school with a nontraditional curriculum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web She was initially given three days of suspension, followed by a 73-day assignment to alternative school. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2023 He’s worked at elementary schools and middle schools and high schools and an alternative school. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 July 2021 Al-Ma'arri and Plethon were notable tokens, not representatives of an alternative school. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 13 Nov. 2010 Studdert-Kennedy said the program’s goal was to provide more counseling services at the alternative school, while providing students with the tools and resources to get help. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2022 This small alternative school exists for young people like Duke, older teens entangled in the criminal justice system and those who need more time and attention to graduate. Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian -, 16 Dec. 2022 Alarm has risen in recent months among parents in the school district, which voted in 2020 in the wake of social justice demonstrations to disband its school police department and replace it with an alternative school safety plan. Eduardo Medina, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2022 Slaton administrators sentenced her to 45 days in an alternative school for students with severe disciplinary problems, according to the complaint and records reviewed by NBC News. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 13 Dec. 2022 The student has been sent to an alternative school, but some parents said 20 days in that environment would not be enough to make students feel safe or to help the one who made threats. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alternative school was in 1969

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“Alternative school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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