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Alternative Education

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Petra Woodard
Executive Director of Academic Counseling &
 Alternative Education
(405) 522-0031

Leslie Frazier
Alternative Education Specialist
(405) 570-5994

Missy Corn
Alternative Education Specialist

(405) 831-1242

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If you are interested in placing a student in the local Alternative Education program, please contact your high school administration office for specific program information in the school district where you reside.

Attendance, Behavior, Course Completion is the ABC's of Dropping Out & Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship are the 3 R's of Dropping Out


The Oklahoma State Department of Education, Alternative Education Department is committed to providing guidance and support in order to promote excellence in education. Below are links to resources and to most frequently asked questions (FAQ's). 


Upcoming Events

Fall Regional Workshop -ZOOM recording 9/1/2020 @ 9:00
Fall Regional Workshop Powerpoint

New Directors Training- ZOOM recording 9/1/2020 @ 1:00
New Directors Training Powerpoint 


 1. High School Criteria for At-Risk Identification
 2. Alternative Education Regions Map
 3. Site Visit Evidence Checklist
 4. High School Evaluation Rubric
 5. Deregulation/Statutory Application Waiver
 6. Teaching Out of Certification Exemption Form
 7. Student Information Systems Coding
 8. Webinar Dates
 9. 16 Criteria
10. Support Team
11. End of Year Data Questions





Oklahoma uses alternative education programs to reduce dropouts and enhance graduation rates across the state. While, every program must incorporate 16 research-based components that include individualized and effective instruction, clear and measurable program goals and objectives, counseling and social service components, and individualized graduation plans for all students, the approach of each district or cooperative program reflects local differences. The video linked below tells the story of three Oklahoma students and how each of their alternative education programs enabled them to become successful graduates.

Additional videos, webinars, products, and tools created under the High School Graduation Initiative grant to support and highlight strategies implemented to serve rural students across the county are available on the US Department of Education Programs webpage.






Professional Associations

Join the Oklahoma School Alternative Education Association HERE
Follow OSAEA on:
Twitter: @okalted
Facebook: @okalted

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Last updated on September 8, 2020