In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve at-risk students, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has named 10 Alternative Programs of Distinction for 2018.
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 10 programs named as Alternative Programs of Distinction for 2018 are:
Adair Youth Development Center, Adair County
Ramey-Estep High School, Boyd County
Calloway County Day Treatment, Calloway County
Cumberland Hall, Christian County
Covington Alternative Programs, Covington Independent
Western Day Treatment, Jefferson County
The McDaniel Learning Center, Laurel County
McCracken Regional School, McCracken County
Perry County Alternative School, Perry County
Jackson Academy Middle and High School, Warren County
Each program selected as an Alternative Program of Distinction receives $2,000 from KDE for instructional support.