Alternative Programs

Year End Wrap-up

Year in Review 20-2021

It has been a year!! Despite the challenges that were put in front of us this year, we had some amazing accomplishments. In looking towards the future there is nothing we can't accomplish together. I believe that this is where we are right now in education, "When you get to where you're going, turn around and help someone else too. For there was a time, not long ago when you were in the same place." We should acknowledge all of the hard work we put in this past year to overcome the challenges we've all faced. Our pedagogical tool box has greatly increased over the past year. We've learned to communicate better with our students so we can meet them where they are at academically. We've had our eyes opened to the unique challenges and situations some of our students and community faced.

Take a minute to see what our teachers and students have accomplished this year in our programs.

Alvord Alternative Education High School

We made the most of it!

What will matter is not your success but your significance. ~Michael Josephson

Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment. ~Ross Perot

Since we have been back and we are into the first session of summer school. I have had some time to reflect on this school year. The students are purposeful and focused. I am seeing great conduct in our classrooms. The students seem more and more focused - or maybe I’m more and more optimistic. The kids did a good job in getting to campus and are eager to get into class.

It has not been the healthiest year for our students and community. That doesn’t mean that it’s always going to be difficult, but I see so many encouraging signs of our growth as a group of professionals. I am really proud of our achievements, and I am even more excited about what’s to come.

Work Permits Across the District

As our students found themselves with more time at home and with families facing unprecedented financial challenges, more students have been joining the workforce. For many of these students, this was a motivating factor in continuing to do well in school since grades are taken in consideration when applying for a work permit.

Many of our students worked in essential worker positions and helped our local economy while continuing to attend and do well in school.

Work Permits by the Numbers

  • 434 students issued work permits (several had multiple different jobs throughout the school year)
  • Average GPA- 2.59
  • Over 150 different work sites in our community

Career Technical Education

CTE teachers had the unique challenge of teaching hands-on trades in a virtual environment. Their industry expertise allowed our students to learn these specialized trades from their own homes.

Take a look below at some highlights and accomplishments of our students.

Film Production

At Norte Vista, Mrs. Luther and her students launched NVTV completely virtually using cell phones to create and edit content. If you haven't checked it out be sure to do so here: NVTV

Virtual Academy Program

We served over 3,754 students TK12. Here are the totals elementary 2,056, middle school 1,038, and high school 660 students served. The flexibility of our students, teachers, support staff, district office, school administrators, and community bonded together to ensure our students were getting the education they needed while working through the pandemic.

Adult Education

The shift to virtual/distance learning affected the Adult Education Program in an unexpected way: enrollment in our typically largest program, English as a Second Language, declined while enrollment in our High School Diploma and GED Test Preparation programs saw an increase.

Our increased enrollment in Adult Secondary Education was a byproduct of an increase in unemployment and people working from home having more time to dedicate to their education in addition to the flexibility of being able to take classes virtually/online. This added flexibility allowed our students to collectively earn almost 800 credits this school year.

We are so proud of our students for persisting in the pursuit of their educational goals!

Alvord Community Adult School By the Numbers:

Total students registered:

English Language Acquisition: 60

High School Diploma Completion/GED Test Prep: 92

CTE: 60

Total CTE Certificates awarded: 16

Total HS Graduates: 12

Total number of credits earned this year: 796

Students range from ages 18-54