MRH's Alternative Services program is designed to help 7-12 students who have demonstrated difficulties in mainstream education. The Alternative Services Program has been in development since the 2002-2003 school year. The MRH School District recognizes that there are various learning styles in our diverse population. We are committed to educating and supporting all children. The mission of Alternative Services, as an intervention and transitional program, is:
To re-engage the alternative learner through intensive service designed to develop habits of school engagement that reflect the emotional, social and academic skills necessary for a successful return to the base school.
Traditional instructional techniques may not address the needs of some students. For that reason, every effort is made to provide an individualized program of instruction for each student. Our faculty responds to the unique learning needs of our students by employing a variety of instructional strategies that are experiential and self-directed. Each learner can gain skills necessary for a successful transition back to his or her base school through this process. Our curriculum is integrated and aligned with district and state content area standards. Therefore, our students' educational experience in core courses parallels that of students in the base schools.
The main component is providing core curriculum for credit recovery or progress to middle school promotion or high school graduation. Remedial support in reading, writing, and math is also provided when indicated by authentic assessments or achievement test scores. Life and Coping Skill classes, one-on-one and small group counseling, and parent involvement opportunities are components also utilized in the program.
The program is administered in two separate facilities: New Visions (for middle school students) and the Student Success Center (for high school students). Typically, students will remain in programming for at least one complete semester so that instruction will be stable and relationships can be built between staff and students.