Overview of Alternative Schools and Education Programs
Analyzes data from 28 alternative education programs,
including 16 programs located in rural Montana communities.
Defines an alternative education program, from the Montana
Office of Public Instruction (OPI), as a restructured
academic program operating within an accredited public
school to serve at-risk students. Provides information on
student characteristics and alternative school services.
Covers three local model programs that work to address the
behavioral and mental health, substance abuse treatment,
and counseling needs of students.
Katie Loveland, Aaron Wernham
Montana Healthcare Foundation
Behavioral health · Children and youth · Mental health · Rural-urban differences · Schools · Statistics and data · Substance use and misuse · Montana