The Alternative Middle School has two purposes. First, to provide a short-term interim school placement for discipline or other reasons. The program offers services in a safe, structured environment where students are expected to grow socially, emotionally, and academically to be better equipped to participate and succeed in their home school. The second purpose is to provide a long term placement that will provide an emotionally and physically safe environment for disaffected and at-risk middle school students while they work to catch up academically so that they can transition back to their home high school.
The Middle School Alternative Program offers credit for language arts, social studies, math, science, health/physical education, and life skills. In the mornings the program will focus on counseling, language arts, and math. In the afternoons the focus will be on science and social studies. Math and language arts will consist of two forty-five minute periods. One period will be dedicated to group lessons on skills related to the NJASK and GEPA and the next period will emphasize individual work sent by the home district. New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards will be utilized and modified as needed. Grades are issued at typical times and students are tested with required state and district tests.