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 by preparing students to be successful in their home school or complete requirements to graduate with a high school diploma. This is accomplished 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
- 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 2430 students this past year in 12 programs at 8 locations
throughout Collier County.
- On average, 900 students were served daily during School
number who graduated with a high school
diploma was 362; these students very likely would have dropped out had it
not been for Alternative Schools programs.
- The average daily attendance rate in all programs increased from 80.22% last year to 85.38% this year, with the greatest increases in the Phoenix and TAPP programs.
number of half-credits earned across all programs during the school year was 3589 (a slight decrease from last year).
number of referrals across all programs dramatically decreased from 1311 last year to 486 this year.
Alternative Schools Historical Data:
summer school expanded this year to serve all high school students needing credit recovery: 799 students attending, with 30 graduation, and a total of 955 half-credits earned.
Alternative Schools began with the 1996-97 school year 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, while others have closed (parkway, Sunshine School, DRILL, EXCEL, Enhanced Assist, FLAGS, Renaissance Academy, Naples Marine Institute, Collier Half-Way House, Big Cypress Wilderness Institute, and EdOptions Academy), bringing the total served this past year to 2430 students
in 12 programs at 8 locations throughout Collier County.