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 Alternative Programs

OCM BOCES offers two innovative programs for high school students who want a positive and practical educational environment leading up to a high school diploma. With low staff-to-student ratios, close connections among staff and students and rigorous academics with a focus on multiple learning styles and 21st century skills.

Cortland Alternative School

Jayne Coffey, Principal
250 Port Watson St.
Cortland, NY 13045
P: (607) 758-9564

STARS

Andrew Muller, Principal
6820 Thompson Road
Syracuse, NY 13221
P: (315) 431-8400

 New Tech Programs

Our New Tech schools offer innovative programs for high school students who want a positive and practical educational environment leading up to a high school diploma. Both schools are characterized by low staff-to-student ratios, close connections among staff and students and rigorous academics with a focus on multiple learning styles and 21st-century skills. Our new and innovative "New Tech" schools offer a research-driven, cutting-edge approach to education with proven success across the country.

Innovation Tech

Gretchen Belanger, Principal
4500 Crown Road
Liverpool, NY  13090
P: (315) 453-4473

Seven Valleys Academy

Joanne Keim, Principal
240 Port Watson Street
Cortland, NY  13045
P: (607) 758-5130

 Reach Program for 7th & 8th Grade Students

The Reach Program provides a rigorous educational experience specifically designed for 7th and 8th grade student with the goal of motivating students to find value in learning through practical experiences and a problem-solving approach. With opportunities for the research-driven success of Project Based Learning and Service Learning, which connects students to real-world projects in the community, students develop 21st century skills to help them become college- and career-ready. Instruction focuses on critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills. Students participate in Team Time in which each student is assigned to a small team with a team leader to work on individual goals, monitor progress and build on skills aimed at helping them succeed. The nine Reach staff members include the principal, dean of students, five teachers, a teaching assistant and a social worker.

Emily Behan, Assistant Principal
P: (315) 453-4660

 High School Equivalency (TASC)

The High School Equivalency/TASC Program is designed to serve students who meet the eligibility requirements as described in Section 100.7 of the Commissioner's Regulations. The half-day program is offered at the Henry campus on Thompson Road in Syracuse and the McEvoy campus in Cortland.

Students transfer from their high school for AM or PM sessions at the Henry or the McEvoy campus for 12.5 hours of rigorous, standards-based instruction per week.  In addition to preparation for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), which replaced the GED effective January 2, 2014, time is devoted to career exploration, job readiness skills, counseling, social skills, coping skills, and problem-solving skills.  Students are encouraged to participate in Career & Technical Education for the remaining half of the school day, although many prefer to work part- or full-time.

Syracuse Area
Andrew Muller, Principal

P: (315) 431-8400

Cortland Area
Jayne Coffey, Principal

P: (607) 758-9564

 CHOICES (Half-Day Program)

CHOICES is a half-day program for students who are struggling in a traditional setting or a larger alternative setting.  Students are provided with a specialized program designed to keep them current with their academic programs and re-integrate them into the regular school or alternative programs. Appropriate referrals include:

  1. Students who are too young to enroll in a high school equivalency program but are not interested in pursuing a high school diploma;
  2. Students having Individual Education Plans;
  3. Students who may be on a Regents track but only need short-term intervention prior to returning to their home schools.

CHOICES is located at the Crown Road campus in Liverpool.

Emily Behan, Assistant Principal
P: (315) 453-4660

 Alternative to Homebound

The Alternative to Homebound Program was established in 2006 at the request of several participating districts looking for an alternative to long-term, out-of-school suspensions. This program provides classroom instruction to students in a small setting with a teacher to student ratio of no more than 6:1. Classroom instruction is offered in the four core content areas and includes science labs in Earth Science and Living Environment, along with PE and Spanish. Support is provided by a social worker, school monitor and a special education teacher. It is recommended that districts place students in the program for a minimum of five weeks. Student departure from the program should coincide with the end of a marking period or semester.

Find more here about the Alternative to Homebound Program staff.

Emily Behan,  Assistant Principal
800 Fourth Street
Liverpool, NY  13088

P: (315) 453-4660


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