Multi-district alternative program thrives under Mineral Point’s wing

MP_alt_ed.jpg When financial concerns threatened to derail an alternative school that draws students from several school districts in southwest Wisconsin, the Mineral Point School District took the program under its own wing.

It was a leap of faith that some viewed as a risky move, said Joelle Doye, spokeswoman for the district. But the program is now run by the school district, which receives fees from other school districts that send students there. The Mineral Point Alternative Program, formerly called the Renaissance School, was run for 10 years by Cooperative Educational Service Agency District 3, which received the fees. The program was and continues to be housed at the old Mineral Point high school building.

“From all accounts, the new endeavor is booming, and we are even outgrowing our current facility from the positive word spreading to districts about the great opportunities being offered for students not fitting into a traditional school setting,” Doye said.

The program is designed for students who are not finding optimal success in a traditional classroom, partly through greater flexibility to meet student needs. Students can earn credits in a variety of ways, including community-based learning and work experience.

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