There are several alternative programs managed through the AOEC/Stephens' Center for student placement and two non-district G.E.D. programs students are referred to that do not meet requirements to enroll in a district alternative program. Each of the programs are described briefly below:
AOEC is self-paced, computer-assisted, and student centered. There are two different class sessions for Middle and High School students - split into AM and PM classes. The program was developed for students who have difficulty fitting in the regular school environment due to disruptive life issues and family responsibilities. Students are admitted through an intake interview and review of their prior academic work. Students must be reading at the 8th grade level to be admitted and have no serious discipline record. For further information regarding the AOEC program contact either Grant Flink, Director, or Chris Dreyer, Assistant Director, at (847) 360-5540.
The Options program is a full-day alternative program. High school students choose to apply to the program due to their need for additional support in the areas of reading and/or math and the necessity of a smaller, more supportive academic setting. The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to earn high school credits through differentiated instruction, the utilization of various community resources and services, the opportunity for more individual contact with staff, and an exploration of job opportunities and careers. For further information regarding the Options program contact Beth Paglia, House 6 Principal, at (847) 599-3934.
The Graduate Recovery program is for students who have not completed graduation requirements at the close of a four-year period, are deficient in a minimal number of credits (0.5 to 2.0) needed to complete graduation requirements, are not currently enrolled in the high school or are students approaching the age of 20 who can graduate before reaching 21. Graduate Recovery students are enrolled as full time students until the needed courses or credits are completed. For further information regarding Graduate Recovery, contact Chris Dreyer, Assistant Director, at (847) 360-5540.
The AOEC Extended Day Program is designed for full-time 9th – 12th grade high school students needing 1.5 credits or less to progress to the next appropriate grade level. Priority is given to seniors attempting to fulfill graduation requirements. Following their normal school day at the high school, students attend this program for an additional 2 hours and utilize the computer-based instructional program for the courses needed. The program is held in the House 6/Options Program area on the 3rd floor of the Washington Campus, Monday – Thursday from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. For further information regarding the Extended Day program contact Beth Paglia, House 6 Principal, at (847) 599-3934.
The Ombudsman program was developed to serve disruptive students under 17 years of age who are given another chance in lieu of expulsion. As a result of the intake process, an individual learning plan is developed for each student and is monitored monthly. The program is computer-assisted with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. For further information regarding the Ombudsman program contact Chris Dreyer, Assistant Director, at (847) 360-5540.
ROE (Regional Office of Education Safe School Project) is located in Zion. The program is available for students who are given an opportunity to continue their education in lieu of expulsion. For further information regarding the ROE program contact Chris Dreyer, Assistant Director, at (847) 360-5540.
Twilight School is an evening high school program for late registrants, students with attendance issues and others who have not been successful in the regular high school setting. The Twilight School allows students to enter at any time and work independently on the computer-based NovaNet program. Students attend school Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. For further information regarding the Twilight program contact Carol Olivia, Twilight Secretary, at (847) 360-5540 between the hours of 5:30pm and 8:30pm.
The Saturday School program runs during the regular school from September through May. It is another option for students to earn needed credits or get caught up. Saturday school is located at the AOEC from 8:00am-12:00pm and is at no additional cost to AOEC students. Please see the Programs Schedule for a list of dates.
S.T.A.R.S. is an extended day program that provides elementary and middle school students with an opportunity to increase their academic achievement, while building social skills at the same time. It is a 10 month program that has a series of 6 week sessions. Middle School students are given the option to attend the S.T.A.R.S. program a few days a week after their class session. Participants meet immediately after school and are provided a nutritious snack and mandatory academic assistance. In addition, enrichment activities are offered in the following areas: Performing Arts, Dance, Martial Arts, Fine Arts and recreational activities. For more information on the S.T.A.R.S. program contact Michael Gonzalez, S.T.A.R.S. Coordinator, at (847) 360-5443.
NON-AOEC G.E.D. PROGRAMS
The following are some resources for students who are too old to continue at AOEC or are no longer interested in attending school. These programs offer students to obtain their G.E.D.
COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY (NON DISTRICT PROGRAM)
19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL
YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS (YCC) YOUTH BUILD (NON DISTRICT PROGRAM)
The AOEC refers students that don't meet the requirements to enroll at any of the district's alternative programs to the YCC Youth Build program. YCC Youth Build is a 10-month program for young adults, ages 16-24 who want to work toward a GED. There is job training and possible job placement available in the area of construction. Minimal pay is available to participants that attend classes daily. YCC assists students in completing their education, learning the necessary skills to become gainfully employed and building a hopeful future for themselves and their families. For further information on the YCC Youth Build program, contact (847) 623-0900.