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Alternative Education

In the past, alternative education may have most often been described as off-site programs for the most at-risk students. Now, a variety of private and public alternative schools and programs are evolving to support Oregon's commitment to help students achieve high academic and career-related standards and to pursue their individual goals and interests. 

Alternative Schools and Programs

Oregon School Directory: Reference the Oregon School Directory for the most up to date version of school and private alternative school information. 

Private Alternative School Registration Materials

  • 2019-20 PAS Registration Application
  • All private alternative education schools and programs must be registered with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) before a school district may contract with or distribute public funds to the program. Beginning March 1 through March 31, 2019, ODE will begin accepting completed Private Alternative Education School applications for the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • The resources below provide information and instructions on how to apply to become a registered alternative education program.

Toolkits for Districts

The three toolkits listed below are under final review, and will be posted here soon. Each toolkit may be copied into a word file and modified. A toolkit may be updated periodically in response to changes in Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, or in response to comments. 
  • Annual Program Approval or Disapproval- A resource for school districts and school district boards for self-assessments of their alternative education program policies and procedures. Includes references to ORS, OAR, Private Alternative Program Standards, and sample policies of the Oregon School Boards Association.
  • Districts Policies, Procedures Review - A resource for school districts and school district boards for their approvals of the public or private alternative education programs that they will operate or contract with another entity.
  • Toolkit for Program Evaluation - A resource for school districts and school district boards for their evaluations of the public and private alternative education programs they are operating or contracting with any other entity.
  • Standards for Private Alternative Education Programs: Private alternative schools standards, approved by the State Board of Education December, 2002.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) related to Alternative Education

Oregon Law defines Alternative Education as a school or separate class group designed to best serve students' educational needs and interests and assist students in achieving the academic standards of the school district and the state ORS 336.615.

For questions regarding the ODE Alternative Education programs, contact Annie Marges , 503-934-0787

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