Eckhart Alternative Program
About the Program
Home school, Eckhart, and Virtual Academic Village (VAV) use the same curriculum as the comprehensive school delivered through the use of differentiated lessons and assignments created by teachers from the comprehensive schools in collaboration with alternative education teachers. The transition to Common Core State Standards inspired the transformation of these alternative settings. The new vision for alternative settings are not exactly what the student would get in the traditional classroom; however, the new VAV model strives to decrease disciplinary actions and be more similar to the formal instructional setting so students will not be behind when they transition back to the home school. For middle school students, VAV is the last resort option, as Eckhart is the better option for middle school due to its structure and time requirements.VAV is located at Pershing Street with teacher, Tye Miller. There are stand-alone calendar specific lessons and assignments that have been created by subject area for most all of the core courses offered in grades 6-12. Eckhart utilizes four independent academic village pods staffed by four teachers and two instructional assistants. There are two 30-minute blocks built into the day where therapeutic services are offered in group settings as well as life skills.