Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders


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Moss, E., Strawhun, J., & Peterson, R. L. (2014, September). Alternative schooling. Strategy Brief. Lincoln, NE: Student Engagement Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Department of Education.


© 2014 Reece L. Peterson, Barkley Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,


Although there is little overall research on alternative schooling due in part to the widely disparate types of alternative school programs, there is program evaluation and anecdotal support for their effectiveness for some students. These programs are commonplace, and must be considered a part of the effort to keep students, particularly students with behavioral needs in school. There is anecdotal evidence that these programs can be beneficial to students who would otherwise not participate and complete a school program.