Two questions guide the academic team in developing a new student’s academic program at Alpine Academy:
Based on the answers to these questions, students are placed in the appropriate courses, provided with the remediation and/or enrichment required, and continual communication with the entire team (parents/guardians, referring professional, primary therapist, residential Family Teachers) facilitates adjustments to the plan as necessary.
Our “extended school year” is spread throughout the entire calendar year rather than just in the summer, allowing us to offer additional courses all year long. With these extra minutes, a student at Alpine Academy could recover credit and still have time in their schedule to take an elective class that interests them.
When remedial needs cannot be met in the regular classroom environment, Alpine’s special education director provides a research-based literacy intervention program designed to improve reading across content areas.
Alpine Academy contracts with Brigham Young University’s Independent Study Program (http://is.byu.edu/site) to broaden the scope of courses offered. Our goal is to provide direct instruction if at all possible, but this resource allows us to offer both remedial and challenging curriculum. In the event a student takes one of these courses, a teacher or other facilitator is provided to guide the student through the process.
Although a small school, Alpine Academy is able to offer several elective courses including art, dance, drama, psychology, financial literacy, emergency medical services, and courses in Family and Consumer Science such as foods, clothing, and child development.