MSAD #53 Alternative Education is an alternative program for high school students.
The MSAD #53 Alternative Education program is committed to providing learning experiences that meet the unique educational needs of our diverse student population, preparing students who are academically proficient, who demonstrate strong character and work habits, and who exhibit self-confidence, self-respect, and a connection to their community.
The program meets from 9:00 a.m. until 2:40 p.m. daily. Students who need flexibility in their school hours due to life circumstances may be able to arrange an individualized schedule. Staff includes one Certified Teacher and one Educational Technician. Students earn credits towards a high school diploma.
There is a process to go through to be accepted into our alternative program. Students must fill out an application. Applications are reviewed by the staff and suitable candidates are called for an interview. If the student is accepted to the program s/he is put on a waitlist. As soon as there is an opening the student is admitted. Students are not admitted in the order they are put on the waitlist. Generally, seniors and the students with the most credits are admitted first. Students must seem genuinely motivated to join the program. They are encouraged to call and stop by the school to show their interest. This also helps with their transition into the program.
Once admitted, students must sign a strict contract outlining the rules and responsibilities of the program focusing on respect, attendance, and effort. The school's philosophy is based on a culture of caring and the bottom line is that everyone feels safe at school. The teacher and educational technician focus on building positive relationships with the students and building trust.
For information about the program, please call Allison Jamison at 207-487-5145.