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 Alternative Education Program and Magnet Schools

Al​ternative/Non-Traditional Education Program

Alternative/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 schools and programs offer these options to students, as it recognizes that a one model approach is not effective in meeting the goal of making all Georgia students college and career ready (one size doesn't fit all).

According to Georgia’s Alternative Education Program Standards, an effective alternative education school or program:
  1. Conducts routine and systematic program evaluations to improve educational programs and services 
  2. Implements a transition process to support a seamless entry to the alternative education program and a seamless return to the traditional home school or external agency, which includes a plan for transition success
  3. Provides students with opportunities to maintain or accelerate their current progress toward graduation
  4. Develops and implements a graduation plan for each student
  5. Provides meaningful service learning opportunities that are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence to support student achievement
  6. Encourages program leadership that communicates effectively and efficiently
  7. Supports the academic success of students with a counseling program that is grounded in research based practices, addresses the current and future needs of students, and targets academic performance
  8. Facilitates the academic success of students with a social work program that is responsive, rigorous, and emphasizes intervention and prevention services
  9. Supports the academic success of students with the effective implementation of a rigorous, data-driven digital and virtual learning program aligned to state content standards

State Board of Education Rule 160-4-8-.12 Alternative/Non-traditional Education Programs

  • Definitions
  • Requirements for the LEA
  • Reporting Requirements 
  • School Improvement Plan

Georgia's Alternative/Non-traditional Education Program is designed to provide some program flexibility at the local level. Local school systems may collaborate with other districts, regional educational service agencies (RESAs), or contract with an external vendor to provide services.

A local school system may provide the following:
The alternative education program may be a standalone school, a program within a school, or a school with multiple locations.   

Alternative Education Program Roles and Responsibilities

Events & Conferences

Georgia Alternative Education (GAAE) Conference
September 25-27, 2019 ​
Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street Savannah, GA  31401
GA Alternative Education Conference

National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) Conference
October 28-30, 2019
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
National Alternative Education Association

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools offer a wide range of distinctive education programs. Some emphasize academic subjects, such as:
  •  Math
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Language immersion
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Humanities
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."
Magnet Programs and Schools List