Alternative Schooling: I chose Alternative Schooling for my Wiki page. I chose this topic because alternative schools are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society, and in my opinion could offer students and teachers many benefits. I was interested to research the different forms of alternative schooling the country has to offer as of now, and what those schools do to make their education experience special and “more rewarding”.


5 Top things I learned:1) Alternative school is the name used in some parts of the world to describe an institution which provides part of alternative education. It is an educational establishment with a curriculum and methods that are nontraditional. These schools have a special curriculum offering a more flexible program of study than a traditional school.
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2) Some common well known alternative forms of school include: Magnet Schools, Charter Schools, Waldorf Schools, and Montessori Schools. These schools all approach learning in different ways than traditional public schools.
Magnet Schools:http://www.magnet.edu/Charter Schools:http://www.charterschoolcenter.org/ Home School:http://www.educationrevolution.org/blog/homeschooling-unschooling/external image aban422l.jpg
Waldorf Schools:http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/02_W_Education/index.asphttp://www.educationrevolution.org/blog/waldorf-education-links/Montessori Schools:http://www.educationrevolution.org/blog/montessori-education-links/http://www.montessori.edu/

3) Alternative Schooling Pros and Cons:

PRO's: 1) Improved Instruction! Many teachers whom work in alternative school settings apply for those positions, so they are more motivating towards students.
2) Smaller class sizes! Many alternative schools have much smaller class sizes, which has been proven to increase student success rate. Less distractions.
3) Student Tailored Programs! Many alternative schools have specially trained teaching staff for their students, this caters to students needs.
4) Many students who attend alternative school have been sent there, they help prevent students from falling through the cracks in the school system.
CON's: 1) Negative Self-Esteem..Many people label kids who attend alternative schools as weird, which results in some self confidence issues in alternative students.
2) Many students who attend alternative schools end up transferring back to regular schools, and have a difficult transition back into the public school system.


4) Some Stats:

19% of enrolled students at alternative schools have disabilities and 50% of enrolled students have emotional/behavioral disorders. 65% of students in alternative school settings are placed there. Thought of as a way of "keeping kids in school" .
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5) Alternative education tends to cater to students needs more so than basic forms of schooling.

Principles are more based on educating the student as a whole, and overall teachers tend to be more engaging. Many teachers are more willing to assist students special needs and learning styles in alternative settings.

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