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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





For questions regarding the ODE Alternative Education programs, contact Annie Marges.



  • Toolkits
    • Evaluation of alternative education programs/schools
      • District School Board Evaluation

        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.

      • District Evaluation

        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.

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.

Other helpful links

For more information on this topic, email Annie Marges or call (503) 934-0787.