The Jefferson County Educational Service Center (JCESC) is operating two Alternative School Classroom Units for the 2018-19 school year.
One unit will serve grades K-5 with a projected enrollment of 12 students consisting of one classroom. This unit will primarily focus on younger students who suffer primarily from psychological, mental health, emotional or behavioral issues. Placement will assist students when the severity of problems greatly inhibits their progress in school and school-related activities.
The second unit will serve grades 6-12 with a projected enrollment of 40 students served in two classrooms. One classroom will serve grades 6-8, middle school age students, and the other classroom will serve students grades 9-12, high school age students.
The Grades 6-12 unit will provide a structured, behaviorally-enhanced approach to students who demonstrate a pattern of maladaptive behaviors that may include poor attendance, aggression toward others, withdrawal, poor peer/adult relationships and court involvement. The primary goal of the program is to teach students the behaviors necessary to return to their home school program and to function within acceptable behavioral norms of the community.
Both units will provide a structured educational opportunity for those students unable to adjust to alternative programs available in their home schools. Students’ work at the Alternative School will earn them credit from their home school. This will enable students to achieve grades and continue grade advancement and keep students on the path to graduation. It will also reduce school suspensions and provide home schools an opportunity for drop-out recovery.
In addition to providing for students’ academic needs, the Alternative School will provide counseling sessions to support students’ emotional growth. Students will participate in group counseling sessions daily and individual counseling sessions weekly. Case management services will also be provided to those students who require it.
The Jefferson County Alternative School will be located in the Steubenville City School District McKinley Building, 1400 West Adams Street.