alternative school


Definition of alternative school 

: an elementary or secondary school with a nontraditional curriculum

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Students at Nova High School say teacher displacements in Seattle schools will deal a severe blow to alternative schools that serve small, concentrated populations of vulnerable students. Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times, "100 Seattle students protest teacher displacement at City Hall," 25 Sep. 2018 Cruz attended alternative schools sporadically until the shooting. Scott Travis,, "Nikolas Cruz refused mental health services once he reached 18, Runcie says," 27 Feb. 2018 So for now, the girls are waiting at home until the principal makes her decision on whether or not (or how long) to send the girls to alternative school. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Student Saves Friend's Life After An Asthma Attack; Both of Them Are Promptly Suspended," 15 Jan. 2016 Cruz was also assigned to a controversial program that diverts troubled students to alternative schools over the criminal-justice system — critics contend the program encourages a culture of lax discipline. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'All the signs were there.' On video, guard says school knew Parkland shooter posed threat," 5 June 2018 The two 7th grade girls attending Schrade Middle School in Garland, TX, are now facing up to 30 days in alternative school for sharing the inhaler. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Student Saves Friend's Life After An Asthma Attack; Both of Them Are Promptly Suspended," 15 Jan. 2016 Wynn, a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University, will teach in Newport's New Pathways alternative school program. James Weber,, "Newport names UC grad as new athletic director," 12 July 2018 Creating alternative schools to existing ones undermines this crucial component of our academic experience. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Professor: A disturbing story about the influence of the Koch network in higher education," 22 Apr. 2018 This can lead some students to switch schools, attend alternative schools or obtain their GED, according to the doctor. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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