The mission and starfish logo of Alternative Schools are summarized in the words of Lauren Eisley and remind us that each of us can make a difference in the lives of the students we serve.
As the old man walked the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left under the morning sun. “But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the other. “How can your efforts make any difference?” The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it to safety in the waves. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said.
Dr. Cynthia M. Janssen
Mission: Make a positive difference in the lives of students through the following programs:
- New Beginnings Immokalee (NBI)
- New Beginnings Naples (NBN)
- Phoenix Immokalee (PHX-I)
- Phoenix Naples (PHX-N)
Teenage Parent Programs:
- Teenagers as Parents Immokalee (TAPP-I)
- Teenagers as Parents Naples (TAPP-N)
Educational Alternative Programs:
- Beacon High School Immokalee
- Beacon High School Naples
- EdOptions Online Academy (EOA)
- Educational Day Treatment (EDT)
- Collier Virtual School (CVS)
Department of Juvenile Justice Programs:
- Collier Juvenile Detention Center
- PACE Center for Girls (PACE)
Headquarters Location: Alternative Education Center, 3710 Estey Ave., Naples, FL 34104
Schools served 2354 students this past year in 14 programs at 9 locations
throughout Collier County.
- On average, 900 students were served daily during School
number who graduated with a high school
diploma was 425; these students very likely would have dropped out had it
not been for Alternative Schools programs.
attendance rate in all programs except Phoenix increased; Beacon attendance
increased 2.2%, TAPP-N increased 2.5% and TAPP-I increased 1.5%.
number of half-credits earned across all programs during the school year
increased from 4030 last year to 4366 this year.
number of referrals across all programs decreased from 1569 last year to 1311
this year, for an overall decrease of 1.64%.
Alternative Schools Historical Data:
summer school served 443 students, with 55 graduating, and a total of 577
Alternative Schools began 21 years ago (SY1997) as
the umbrella school organization for 5 alternative programs in the county,
serving a total of 498 students. In two
years, that number more than doubled to 1057 students served in 8 programs. Since then, several programs have been added
and/or expanded, bringing the total served this past year to 2354 students
in 14 programs at 9 locations throughout Collier County.