alternative school


Definition of alternative school

: an elementary or secondary school with a nontraditional curriculum

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Cruz later asked to return to an alternative school for special education students, but the district failed to follow through. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Paper faces contempt for story on school shooting suspect," 7 Aug. 2018 Cotton, Vineyard and Hernandez are the first graduates in the alternative school’s history to go directly from the school to a four-year university. Jennifer Moody, The Seattle Times, "Fund helps college students pay for non-tuition essentials," 27 Oct. 2018 In Missouri, Blue Springs School District teachers, counselors and administrators at all three high schools plus the district alternative school this summer completed training through the Truman Medical Centers to help students cope with trauma. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Teen suicide doesn’t end with the school year. Now JoCo schools offer summertime therapy," 12 July 2018 She was also ordered to attend an alternative school within the Christian County School District until her next court date on September 25, according to the site. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A Student Was Sent to Juvenile Detention for Violating Her School Dress Code," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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1969, in the meaning defined above

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