Alternative Education

Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Programs in Pennsylvania  provide a combination of intense, individualized academic instruction and behavior modification counseling in an alternative setting to assist students to return successfully to the regular classroom. Students served in Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Programs must be enrolled in middle school, junior high school, senior high school or a vocational-technical school. Unless the seriousness of a student’s behavior warrants immediate placement, local programs shall admit students only when other established methods of discipline have failed and shall limit enrollment to disruptive students as defined under 24 P.S. Section 19-1901-C (5). Eligible students must exhibit to a marked degree any or all of the following conditions:
  • disregard for school authority, including persistent violation of school policy and rules;
  • display or use of controlled substances on school property or during school affiliated activities;
  • violent or threatening behavior on school property or during school-related activities;
  • possession of a weapon on school property, as defined under 18 Pa. C.S. Section 912 (relating to possession of weapon on school property);
  • commission of a criminal act on school property;
  • misconduct that would merit suspension or expulsion under school policy; and
  • habitual truancy.

No student eligible for special education services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act shall be deemed a disruptive student except as provided in 22 Pa. Code Chapter 14.143 [14.35] (relating to discipline). In addition, programs may include services for students returning from placements or who are on probation resulting from being adjudicated delinquent in a proceeding under 42 Pa. C.S. Chapter 63 (relating to juvenile matters) or who have been judged to have committed a crime under an adult criminal proceeding. The following links provide more information: