Alternative High Schools 


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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 require an alternative setting from that of a traditional high school. The Ballou STAY HS offers a full menu of service of educational  programming. From traditional high school courses to certificated diplomas, there are a wide variety of options for students. Ballou STAY also partners with local community colleges to provide post diploma/certificate support and job preparedness.

CHOICE Academy
Choosing Higher Options for Individually Centered Education, CHOICE, provides at risk students an educational plan that is tailored to meet their needs. Students who attend CHOICE have had some behavioral difficulties within their neighborhood school. The goal of CHOICE is to work with students to make better decisions upon reentry into their neighborhood school.

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 social emotional 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+.

Twilight Program
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.

Washington Metropolitan High School
The Washington Metropolitan High School was established in 2008.  Washington Metropolitan goal is to provide students with a quality education, tailored to the students specific needs. This educational programming prepares the student to become productive and successful members of society. The students receive extensive interventions in both the curricular and social emotional areas, which can be transferred into every day success. The Washington Metropolitan High School uses a mix of in class activities, on line learning, and project based learning  for students 15 to 19.

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.

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