In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve at-risk students, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has named 11 Alternative Programs of Distinction for 2017.
An alternative education program
exists to meet the needs of students that cannot be addressed in a traditional classroom
setting, but can be met through the assignment of students to alternative
classrooms, centers or campuses that are designed to remediate academic
performance, improve behavior or provide enhanced learning experiences.
Alternative education programs do not include career or technical centers or
Nominations for 2018 Alternative Programs of Distinction
Using criteria developed with KDE’s Alternative Programs of Distinction Cadre, each superintendent, or her/his designee, can nominate one or more alternative education programs from her/his district with an A5 or A6 program classification. Each program selected as an Alternative Program of Distinction will be recognized at an upcoming meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), featured in Kentucky Teacher, and may be utilized as a hub alternative program for professional development. The Alternative Program of Distinction application
will serve as the method of self-nomination. For additional guidance, reference the narrated PowerPoint
outlining the application and selection process.
The 11 programs named as
Alternative Programs of Distinction for 2017 are:
Each program selected as an
Alternative Program of Distinction receives $2,000 from KDE and $1,000 from the
Kentucky Center for School Safety for instructional support.