Alternative School Status Application Page

The 2017-2018 application to recertify or apply for 2018 alternative school status will open on October 1st. All schools, including those that wish to continue their alternative status from 2016 into the new school year must recertify by filling out and submitting the application materials online no later than January 1, 2018. Schools that wish to be consider for alternative school status for the first time beginning with the 2017-2018 school year must provide all requested information. Schools operating a Dropout Recovery Program (DRP) must apply for alternative school status. Due to the extensive length of the window AND the effort/ resources required for ADE to process all new applications, no applications will be accepted after January 1. Schools will be notified of their alternative school status by May 2018. Schools must request a credit recovery exemption.

October 1, 2017: Application window opens

January 1, 2018: Application window closes

No later than May 2018: Schools notified

Alternative schools are defined as schools that meet the Arizona State Board of Education approved definition (updated 02/28/2014) as schools whose sole and clearly-stated mission is to serve specific populations of at-risk students.

Criteria

  1. A district school has adopted a mission statement that clearly identifies its purpose is to serve a specific student population that will benefit from an alternative school setting or a charter school that expressly states in their charter that its purpose is to serve a specific student population that will benefit from an alternative school setting.
  2. The educational program and related student support services of the school must align with the mission and charter (if applicable) of the school.
  3. Schools offering secondary instruction for academic credit used to fulfill the Arizona State Board of Education graduation requirements (in part or in full) must offer a high school diploma of graduation.
  4. The school will receive current year state assessment scores for their students.
  5. The school must intend to serve students in one or more of the following categories that reflect an alternative school setting necessary for these students:
  • Students who have a documented history of disruptive behavior issues.
  • Students who have dropped out of school and are now returning.
  • Students in poor academic standing as demonstrated by being at least one year behind on grade level performance or academic credits.
  • Students who are primary caregivers or are financially responsible for dependents and, therefore, may require a flexible school schedule.
  • Students who are adjudicated.
  • Students who are wards of the state and are in need of an alternative school setting

6. All new and converted schools shall be audited for student enrollment verification prior to confirmation of alternative status. All other alternative schools will be subject to an audit of enrollment counts as deemed necessary by the Arizona Department of Education and/or the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.

Requirements

  • Existing alternative schools must recertify each fiscal year.
  • Schools must fill out the online application and upload their mission statement.
  • Schools must include total enrollment of students as of October 1 of the current school year and the number of students by category based on their initial enrollment. (List a student in one category only for online application).
  • Schools must select ‘Credit Recovery” to be eligible for the Title I exemption from the Focus school criteria for traditional schools.

Alternative status is granted by application to the Arizona Department of Education and applies to the state and federal accountability systems.

Districts and charter holders (LEAs) must apply for alternative school status for their schools by filling out and submitting the application below. Please see the guidance document below to further clarify and for examples of how a school might verify student enrollment in any one category.

Alternative School Status Annual Application Guidance

Approved list of applications for 2016-2017 Alternative School Status can be found here.

The 2016-2017 application to recertify or apply for 2017 alternative school status will open on October 1st. All schools, including those which wish to continue their alternative status from 2015 into the new school year must recertify by filling out and submitting the application materials online no later than January 1, 2017 March 1, 2017. Schools which wish to consider alternative school status for the first time beginning with the 2016-2017 school year must provide all requested information. Schools operating a Dropout Recovery Program (DRP) must apply for alternative school status. Due to the extensive length of the window AND the effort/ resources required for ADE to process all new applications, no applications will be accepted after January 1 March 1 (the application window has been extended for an additional month). Schools will be notified of their alternative school status by May 2017. Schools must request a credit recovery exemption.

October 1, 2016: Application window opens

March 1, 2017 (extended): Application window closes

No later than May 2017: Schools notified

Alternative schools are defined as schools that meet the Arizona State Board of Education approved definition (updated 02/28/2014) as schools whose sole and clearly-stated mission is to serve specific populations of at-risk students.

Criteria

  1. A district school has adopted a mission statement that clearly identifies its purpose is to serve a specific student population that will benefit from an alternative school setting or a charter school that expressly states in their charter that its purpose is to serve a specific student population that will benefit from an alternative school setting.
  2. The educational program and related student support services of the school must align with the mission and charter (if applicable) of the school.
  3. Schools offering secondary instruction for academic credit used to fulfill the Arizona State Board of Education graduation requirements (in part or in full) must offer a high school diploma of graduation.
  4. The school will receive current year state assessment scores for their students.
  5. The school must intend to serve students in one or more of the following categories that reflect an alternative school setting necessary for these students:
  • Students who have a documented history of disruptive behavior issues.
  • Students who have dropped out of school and are now returning.
  • Students in poor academic standing as demonstrated by being at least one year behind on grade level performance or academic credits.
  • Students who are primary caregivers or are financially responsible for dependents and, therefore, may require a flexible school schedule.
  • Students who are adjudicated.
  • Students who are wards of the state and are in need of an alternative school setting

6. All new and converted schools shall be audited for student enrollment verification prior to confirmation of alternative status. All other alternative schools will be subject to an audit of enrollment counts as deemed necessary by the Arizona Department of Education and/or the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.

Requirements

  • Existing alternative schools must recertify each fiscal year.
  • Schools must fill out the online application and upload their mission statement.
  • Schools must include total enrollment of students as of October 1 of the current school year and the number of students by category based on their initial enrollment. (List a student in one category only for online application).
  • Schools must select ‘Credit Recovery” to be eligible for the Title I exemption from the Focus school criteria for traditional schools.

Alternative status is granted by application to the Arizona Department of Education and applies to the state and federal accountability systems.

Districts and charter holders (LEAs) must apply for alternative school status for their schools by filling out and submitting the application below. Please see the guidance document below to further clarify and provide examples of how a school might verify student enrollment in any one category.

Alternative School Status Annual Application Guidance

Approved list of applications for 2015-2016 Alternative School Status can be found here.

Alternative School Status Application 2016-2017

Please use this form to apply for or recertify alternative school status. Please submit one application per entity. Alternative school status applies only to schools and will not be applied to LEAs. As a reminder the Alternative Application window is October 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017.

After 5 months of availability, the window to apply or recertify alternative school status for the 2016-2017 school year closed on March 2nd. In order to process current applications for new or recertified alternative status, no additional applications for new or continuing alternative status will be accepted at this time. ADE will release a finalized list of all schools approved for FY17 alternative status as soon as possible. Schools with FY17 approved alternative status will receive FY17 accountability determinations based on methodology specific to alternative schools. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding your FY17 alternative school status.