Alternative School Law and Legal Definition

An alternative school is an educational setting accommodating educational, behavioral, and medical needs of children and adolescents which cannot be adequately addressed in a traditional school environment. It meets the needs of children and adolescents who cannot learn effectively in a traditional school environment due to disabilities. Disabilities include, learning, medical conditions, psychological and behavioral issues, or advanced skills. In the U.S., alternative school provides part of alternative education. In alternative school, curriculum and methods are nontraditional. Alternative schools offer more flexible program of study than a traditional school. Alternative schools have comprehensive educational and developmental objectives than conventional schools. Alternative school aims at student self esteem, fostering growth of individuality, and enhancing social skills.