The Clinton and Camanche Community School Districts are creating a joint high school alternative program for the 2019-2020 school year. Clinton has offered an off-site alternative program in the past. As we plan for this program, we want to keep the best aspects of Lincoln, combine them with best practices in current alternative education, and provide the services needed for students to be successful.
Some of the elements that the new alternative program will provide include the following:
- Implementation of best educational practices. The teaching staff will be experiencing blended learning (a balance of on-line and traditional classroom delivery), project-based learning, service-based projects, and work experience opportunities.
- Additional school supports through state operational sharing. By Clinton and Camanche school districts agreeing to share this program, we qualify for additional state funding for a social worker and guidance counselor.
- Inclusion of community agencies. We have had community agencies in the discussions about their roles in this program. The hope is to have our local community agencies on site to provide mental health, substance abuse, and other services to our students.
- Bringing back the successful aspects of Lincoln. Some students thrive better in a smaller setting. Other students need an innovative, out-of-the-box approach to education to be successful. Some students need a real life work experience as part of their high school experience. Some students need a support system that the “family” program of Lincoln provided.
There is a lot of planning to be done between now and August. We are excited to work with Camanche in providing better service to our students.