History

History

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The Regional Alternative School Program (RAS) has been in existence since 1989 providing educational services for students throughout Dewitt, McLean and Livingston counties. The program emerged from an interest of local school administrators and educators to provide programming for students considered to be at-risk of dropping out of school. The program was initiated to provide students who did not qualify for special educational services and were not experiencing success in the traditional day school program, for a variety of reasons, with an option to continue their education.

The RAS has expanded to include programs at various locations throughout the region to meet the wide-range of educational needs of at-risk students, grades 7 to 12. The program is available to any student residing in Dewitt, McLean and Livingston County. To participate in the Alternative School program, a student must be officially enrolled in his/her Home School District and be referred by the administration of their Home School.

Students who will benefit from the educational structure and environment of RAS may exhibit some but not all of the following characteristics:

  • “At-risk” status due to social factors that may affect the student’s ability to attain academic success, such as: frequent mobility, low self-esteem, and various family situations.
  • Overage for grade level.
  • Students who do not qualify for special educational services but would benefit from an alternative form of educational structure providing an individualized and remedial approach.
  • History or current, incompatibility with traditional day school that may be indicated through: truancy, minor discipline problems, and academic failure.
  • Unable to attend traditional day school due to employment, parenthood, or other circumstances.

Home Schools are responsible for recommending students who exhibit characteristics that lead the Home School personnel to believe the student may be successful in RAS. Factors that should be considered are: ability level, student support, parent support, discipline history, and willingness to participate in a work co-op program and credit status.

It is the goal of the RAS staff to do what is best for the individual student in cooperation with the student’s Home School. The Director and Site Coordinator will work with the Home Schools when a student’s success at RAS may be questionable.

History of SAVE: The program is the result of the Safe Schools Law enacted by the State of Illinois in 1996.

The program is designed to meet the educational and personal growth needs of students who have been disruptive to the learning environment, or have the potential to be harmful and may pose as a threat to themselves or their peers within the school setting. The program is available to any student residing in Dewitt, McLean and Livingston County. To participate in the SAVE program, a student must be officially enrolled in his/her Home School District and be referred by the administration of their Home School.

Students who will benefit from the educational structure and environment of the SAVE program may exhibit some but not all of the following characteristics:

  • The student has been suspended at least twice for a period of 3-10 days for gross misconduct.
  • The student has been arrested by police and/or remanded to juvenile or criminal courts for acts related to school activities.
  • The student has been involved in repetitive incidents of misconduct considered to be of a serious nature.
  • The student has been expelled from their Home School District for the violation of a school policy.

Home Schools are responsible for recommending students who exhibit characteristics that lead them to believe the student may benefit by enrolling in the SAVE Program. It is the goal of the SAVE Program to do what is best for the individual student in cooperation with the student’s Home School. The Director and Site Coordinators will work with the Home Schools when a student’s success in the SAVE Program may be questionable.

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