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Alternative Ed


Alternative Education is a program operated as a subdivision of the regular K-12 program.  It is designed for students who can be better served in an alternative delivery system.  Students served include those who have specific needs and are often at risk of not graduating.  Alternative Education programs seek to provide added flexibility and alternative instructional models.  These often include expanded services from the traditional setting such as online learning, institutional programs, counseling, childcare, and transportation; in an effort to help students overcome barriers and meet the goals of the Michigan Merit Curriculum.  Alternative Education pupils are funded under the K-12 foundation rate.

Alternative Education is a separate, non-traditional program within a K-12 public school district or a public school academy established to provide personalized educational services for students who:

  • are at risk of not graduating with their class; and/or
  • have individual needs not being met in a traditional setting.

MDE Contacts

Alternative Education / Innovative Programs Reduction of Hours and/or Days Waivers

The state School Aid Act, Section 101(9) [MCL 388.1701], permits the State Superintendent to waive the minimum number of hours and days of pupil instruction for alternative education programs or other innovative programs approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  This waiver is limited to alternative education or innovative programs and is not intended for individual students, or groups of students within an existing program.

The deadline for applications for the 2021-22 school year closed on July 23, 2021.  Please reach out to Jeff McNeal or Steve Nemeckay if you have any questions.

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