Alternative / Non-traditional Education Program (AEP)
Georgia's Alternative / Non-traditional Education Program began as a state grant funded program in 1994 and was known as the Crossroads alternative education program. With the passage of the A+ Education Reform Act of 2000, Crossroads grants were eliminated and Quality Basic Education (QBE) funds began providing for the Alternative Education Program for students in grades
6-12. Effective May 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the name, Alternative / Non-traditional Education Program (AEP).
Non-traditional schools and programs are an option for students who may experience difficulty in the traditional setting. These students may require creative, innovative, and structured alternatives within a different educational setting. Alternative / Non-traditional educational programs offer these options to students as it recognizes that a one model approach is no longer effective in meeting the goal of making all Georgia students’ college and career ready.
Attributes of effective alternative programs according to Georgia’s Alternative Education Program Standards include;
Georgia's Alternative / Non-traditional Education Program is designed to provide some program flexibility at the local level. Local school systems must provide a disciplinary alternative education program. Local school systems may collaborate with other districts, Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs) or contract with an external vendor to provide services to disruptive students.
A local school system may provide the following:
Magnet schools offer a wide range of distinctive education programs. Some emphasize academic subjects, such as:
- Language immersion
- Visual and performing arts
According to the United States Department of Education, “…the term ‘magnet school' means a public elementary school, public secondary school, public elementary education center, or public secondary education center that offers a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students of different racial backgrounds."Transition Framework Packet Draft.pdf