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Alternative Education

Not all students learn the same way, and here in the City School District of Albany we offer a variety of alternative opportunities to help all of our students succeed. Learn more about what we offer below.

Abrookin's Night School Program provides an alternative setting to students at risk of discipline problems, poor attendance, school failure or dropping out. The program runs from 3:30-7:30 Monday through Friday at Abrookin, located at 99 Kent St.   

The focus of the Night School Program is strictly academics, although some students come back in the day to take vocational courses. The highly structured program seeks to improve students' attitudes toward learning and to give them a sense of improved responsibility toward their educations.

This full-day program is located at Tony Clement Center for Education at 395 Elk St. The program is designed for seventh- and eighth-grade students who would benefit from a smaller learning community with opportunities for individualized academic and behavioral interventions. The curriculum includes all required middle-school courses as well as Academic Intervention Services (AIS). The program also utilizes Apex Learning, a comprehensive, standards-based online program that helps engage students in rigorous coursework and prepare them for high-school graduation and beyond. 

The goal of this program is to return students to the regular school setting in the following school year prepared for success. The program enrolls a maximum of 30 students in three classes at any one time.

TOPS is a program for students in grades 7-12 who violate the district's Safe Schools Policy. The full-day program is located at Tony Clement Center for Education at 395 Elk St. 

The TOPS curriculum includes all required courses for graduation as well as physical education, Spanish, art and Academic Intervention Services (AIS). TOPS also utilizes Apex Learning, a comprehensive, standards-based online program that helps engage students in rigorous coursework and prepare them for high-school graduation and beyond. Individual counseling at TOPS focuses on helping students develop effective strategies for success in school and in life.

The total maximum enrollment at any one time is 75 students.

The High School Transition Program is for students in grades 9-12 who are returning to the City School District of Albany from residential placement, or who have had difficulty adjusting to a traditional high-school setting. The full-day program is located at Tony Clement Center for Education at 395 Elk St.

The program focuses on identifying personal strengths and academic goals. The curriculum includes all required courses for graduation as well as physical education, Spanish, art and Academic Intervention Services (AIS). The program also utilizes Apex Learning, a comprehensive, standards-based online program that helps engage students in rigorous coursework and prepare them for high-school graduation and beyond.