The Division of Alternative Education is designed to
implement a three tiered framework for providing
instructional/behavioral supports and interventions for
students experiencing barriers to learning. The
Division is comprised of the Offices of Evening High
School, Summer School and Twilight School; the Office of
Home and Hospital Teaching; Positive Behavioral Interventions
(PBIS) and Charter Schools.
The vision of the Division of Alternative Education is
to ”Build Bridges not Walls”, in order to facilitate the
academic success and behavioral growth necessary to
ensure college and career
Supports and interventions
Positive Behavioral Interventions and
Supports (PBIS) PBIS provides an
operational framework for achieving positive academic
and behavior outcomes for all students.
PBIS is not a program or a curriculum, but is a
decision making structure that guides
selection, integration, and implementation of the best
evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for
PBIS emphasizes a systems approach for: school-wide,
classroom, non-classroom (hallways, restrooms,
cafeteria, and playgrounds), individual students, and
families. School rules and expectations are developed
and taught, feedback is provided through
acknowledgements, and student behaviors are continuously
J. Albert Adams Academy
(alternative middle school)
J. Albert Adams Academy is a public alternative
education program serving 6th, 7th and 8th grade
students. Adams Academy is a safe, structured, and
supportive environment that will foster academic
achievement, social skills, self-discovery, and personal
growth in all of our students.
Mary E. Moss Academy
( alternative high school) Mary E. Moss Academy is a
public, alternative education program serving
9th & 10th grade students.
The staff at Mary Moss provides a safe and
structured environment, dedicated to partnering
with families and the community to provide high
quality academic and behavioral support services
to students who have experienced barriers to
their previous academic setting.
The Phoenix Academy is a dynamic, community-oriented, educational setting that serves as a model for multi-agency collaboration and cooperation in bringing quality educational, social-emotional, and family support services to student and their families. The Phoenix Academy is designed to house two separate programs. These two programs, will serve both middle and high school students as follows:
The Secondary Alternative Academy- Grades 10-12
The E. D. Regional Program Grades K-12
The Secondary Alternative Academy will serve students who are experiencing myriad barriers to learning in the comprehensive school environment grades 10-12 with the goal of achieving a high school diploma and/or industry certifications.
The E. D. Regional Program is intended to serve the students who have not been successful in specialty secondary home school or winged programs in the county. These are students who have emotional disabilities that require the delivery of their special education services in a Separate Public Day School Program.
The programs offered at The Phoenix Academy differs from the comprehensive school setting in three major ways. First, it provides intensive, research based instructional interventions and comprehensive clinical support services to students and their families. Second, it provides a highly structured instructional environment with a low student to teacher ratio. And third, it provides the opportunity for students to develop career competencies and industry certification standards.
The Career and Technology Education Program provides students with hands-on training designed to lead to employment or advanced training, upon graduation. The program offers four areas of training: multi-media design, publication/print shop, culinary arts, and horticulture and landscaping.
Evening High School The
Evening High School is an alternative high school
instructional program. Anyone who is under 21 and
interested in completing a high school education may
attend, as well as students currently enrolled in a
regular daytime high school program. Credits earned by
successful completion of courses in Evening High School
count toward fulfilling requirements for obtaining the
Maryland High School Diploma.
to high school students who have been unsuccessful in
the first half of a year-long course to recoup first
semester credit and receive additional assistance so
they will not fall behind in the second half of the
The secondary summer school program provides students
the opportunity to:
make up work in which they were unsuccessful
improve grade averages in sequential subjects
earn credits to meet high school graduation requirements
Middle College High School @ Sojourner Douglass College
Middle College High Schools are community collaborations
between school districts and colleges, parents and
business representatives throughout the United States.
Middle College High Schools are traditionally small and
provide a rigorous academic curriculum within a
supportive and nurturing environment to a student
population that has been historically underserved and
underrepresented in colleges. Ninth grade retention is a
prime indicator of students at risk of dropping out of
high school. In an effort to enhance the graduation
rates at Annapolis High School, first time 9th
graders at risk for 9th grade retention are
identified and apply to the Middle College at SDC. SDC
and AACPS work collaboratively to provide instructional
and student support services for students who
demonstrate a need for an alternative path to a high
school graduation. These services offer a
project-centered, interdisciplinary curriculum with an
emphasis on team teaching, individualized attention and
development of critical thinking skills.
Home and Hospital Teaching
This is a short term itinerant instructional service
that is provided to students when they are unable to
attend school due to a medical or emotional condition.
Home and Hospital teaching is provided to enable the
student to continue academic work and remain current
with classroom instruction while recuperating at home,
in a therapeutic center, or in a hospital while
convalescing or receiving treatment.
Teen Parent Alternative Program (TPAP)
is partnership between AACPS and the Anne Arundel County
Department of Social Services, located at 80 West Street
in Annapolis, Maryland. The program provides educational
and support services to teen parents enrolled in TPAP.
Support Services include on-site childcare, case
management, parenting skills, career exploration, job
readiness/employment services, transportation, health
education, parent-child activities and life skills.
Educational Services include academic programming,
academic support, attendance monitoring, screening and
referral of students.
Evening Middle School -
The purpose of Evening Middle School (EMS) is to provide
middle school-aged students who are meeting the terms of
a disciplinary sanction, a safe and supportive
environment in which the students can learn and be
successful. The Evening Middle School supports student
individuality, strengths, needs and goals, while
fostering student respect for self and others, and
providing clear behavioral expectations which are
closely monitored, evaluated and reinforced. It is the
goal of the Evening Middle School to assist each student
Blackboard Virtual Learning Community
This program is asynchronous virtual interface, for live
classroom sessions. The program is connected with
Blackboard and allows for live student teacher
instructional interactions; break out groups, labs,
tutoring, meetings, etc. This program allows students to
attend classes and keep up with the curriculum being
taught in the classroom while recuperating from an
Pathways Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program –
Through a partnership between AACPS and Pathways, an
educational component is provided for students who are
participating in the Pathways drug and alcohol inpatient
program. Students from throughout the state of Maryland,
Delaware and Virginia, who are inpatient, attend school
every day in order to maintain pace with their
Alternative Education Services at the Anne Arundel
County Detention Center at Jennifer
Road – Alternative Education services are provided to
incarcerated students if they receive Special Education
services and for those students under the age of 16.
Behavior Support Teams -
Decision Making Rooms (DMR), Student Advocates,
Alternative One Teacher)
Public Charter Schools
schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice.
Publicly funded and open to all students with no
admission testing or screening. Each school has a
charter, or performance contract, detailing its program,
goals, and methods of assessment. Charter schools
operate with increased autonomy in exchange for
accountability. They are accountable for both academic
results and fiscal practices to several groups: the
authorizer that grants the charter, the parents who
choose to send their children, and the public that funds
Arundel County Public Schools has two operating charter
Monarch Academy Public Charter School,
Global Public Contract School, and
Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School
Expanded School Based Mental Health services
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Villa Maria
Health Services, the Children’s Guild, Innovative
Therapeutic Services, and Thrive Inc.