Alternative School Model

Alternative School Services

  • Typically, a Specialist will work with 25-35 students due to the individual counseling and support services required by an alternative education participant. 
  • Barrier identification and tracking are especially important for an Alternative Education Program so that additional support services can be identified to help students overcome and/or cope more effectively with barriers to staying in school through graduation or transitioning into the workplace and/or pursuing a post-secondary education. 
  • Specialists will use the 87 competency-based modules as well as individualized instructional tools to achieve the core competencies and as many additional competencies as needed and time permits.

Alternative School Goals

  • 60 percent experiencing a positive outcome, including: employment, post-secondary education enrollment, or military
  • 50 percent employed in a job in the public or private sectors
  • 50 percent employed in a full-time job
  • 60 percent in a full-time placement, including: full-time job; full-time post-secondary enrollment; or, a combination of work and school
  • 80 percent improvement in attendance rate
  • 80 percent improvement in self-esteem index
  • 80 percent improvement in GPA
  • 90 percent participation in JAG Career Association meetings and activities
  • 80 percent increase using pre- and post-test knowledge assessment
  • 90 percent participation in service learning projects
  • 80 percent decline in discipline referrals
  • Students are selected with no less than 5.0 average number of barriers
  • 90 percent of participants with reduction in one or more barriers
  • Average number of contact hours per participant:  120 contact hours
  • Average number of JAG competencies attained:  81
  • 100 percent of participants are being tracked accurately and in a timely manner using the Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS)
  • 5 percent or less of graduates in the unable to contact rate category
  • 30 percent pursuit of a post-secondary education

Our Students

  • 30-35 students facing multiple barriers in their life, which is impacting their educational track, are enrolled into the iJAG elective class. Students must "need", "want", and can "benefit" from the services that the iJAG program provides prior to enrolling.
  • The Alternative School Program Applications are located at Bettendorf Thomas Edison Academy, Ottumwa Accelerated Career Academy, United Township Education Center in East Moline, Illinois.