Alternative High Schools
Providing alternative school options is one of our most important priorities. Our alternative high schools are designed to help even our most challenged students complete their education.
Ballou STAY Senior High School
Ballou STAY Senior High School was established in 1989 as an alternative high school for students ages 16+ who have not succeeded in traditional high school settings. Ballou STAY offers a variety of academic and vocational components that meet the needs of students, including cosmetology and barbering courses.
Choosing Higher Options for Individually Centered Education (CHOICE) provides at-risk students with an education that is specific to each student. Students attend CHOICE after they have been suspended from their regular high school. CHOICE staff aim to be character builders and beacons of light for “good” students who have made “bad” choices.
Incarcerated Youth Program
The Incarcerated Youth Program (IYP) provides academic services to students ages 16-22 years old who are incarcerated at the DC Jail. Students are able to continue to work towards their high school diploma and GED. Additionally, IYP provides services to students receiving special education and a certification program in graphic design.
Luke C. Moore Academy
The mission of the Luke C. Moore Academy is to provide a competent and compassionate secondary educational setting for young people ages 16-20 who have dropped out of high school or had difficulties in traditional school settings. Luke C. Moore Academy provides each student with an individualized program that addresses both the academic and socioeconomic needs of the student. Luke C. Moore challenges students to become educated, productive and responsible contributors to society.
Roosevelt STAY Senior High School
The mission of Roosevelt STAY Senior High School is to deliver a high-quality academic and career/technical program within a student-centered, alternative environment that will lead to a high school diploma. The primary student population includes in-school day students enrolled in other high schools across the city who need to take additional classes in order to graduate on time, as well as older students returning to school. Roosevelt STAY also offers ELL Programs, GED Prep and Career Pathway Programs in culinary arts, computer repair and hospitality. Roosevelt STAY students are ages 16+.
Spingarn STAY Senior High School
Spingarn STAY Senior High School is committed to creating life-long learners and fostering student empowerment by providing an educational environment that encourages students ages 16+ who have dropped out of high school to reenter and earn their high school diploma. The curriculum includes high school coursework and vocational classes. At Spingarn STAY, the student is the center of the educational process.
The Twilight Program provides an innovative educational environment that meets the needs of at-risk youth. Students attend classes after the regular school day with a personalized schedule based on the needs of the student. The Twilight Program aims to create a positive learning environment where every student can meet personal and academic goals.
Youth Engagement Academy
Youth Engagement Academy (YEA) opened its doors in August 2008. YEA’s goal is to provide students with a quality education that prepares them to become future leaders, productive citizens, and employers/employees who are engaged in the life of the community. Through a personalized academic setting, each student is able to master the curriculum via his/her interests, background and learning styles.
Youth Services Center
The Youth Services Center provides educational services for students in grades 7-12 detained by the juvenile justice system and classified as wards of the state. Through creative scheduling they redirect learning for students and engage them in instructional activities and services needed for a smooth transition back to the community without lost instructional time. To meet the academic needs of at risk students, we create an environment that is conducive to learning, fosters academic excellence, builds character and caters instruction to each student’s learning style.