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Northtowns Academy is an alternative setting that provides students new beginnings and second chances.  Northtowns Academy focuses on the whole student: allowing every opportunity to achieve goals, ensuring a brighter future, and building productive members of society. 

Each program provides teachers, certified in a core content area, who have experience working with an at-risk population.  

  • Alternative High School (Grades 9-12)  
  • Teen Parenting
  • Out of School Suspension Program (Grades 7-12)
  • Opportunities for Career and Technical Education

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Teen’s Positive Attitude Lights Her Path

Photo of Aniyah CruzAniyah Cruz, a freshman from the Sweet Home School District, is Erie 1 BOCES’ featured student for February. Aniyah was selected from BOCES’ instructional cooperative of 2,700 students across the region and is enrolled in the organization’s Alternative Learning Program at Northtowns Academy.

Aniyah’s teaching team notes how she works hard and is determined to do her best on a daily basis. Because of her positive attitude, Aniyah has excellent school attendance and is a role model for her classmates.

“She is always helpful to other students,” said Northtowns Academy Principal Christine Storey. “Her smile lights up the classroom and she brightens everyone’s day just by being in the building.”

Aniyah also participates in Erie 1 BOCES’ Career Exploration Program at the Kenton Career and Technical Center, where she is currently learning about the culinary industry.

"I like being at Northtowns Academy because of the smaller class sizes; it helps me concentrate and the teachers are always helpful and supportive,” said Aniyah. “It is easy to come to school every day knowing that the staff cares about me. My future plans are to become a lawyer or a registered nurse, which I can work toward at the Kenton Career & Technical Center.”

Instructional programs at Erie 1 BOCES pool the resources of multiple school districts to provide full service, quality programing by sharing the expense. The degree of support required for students with distinct career interests or exceptional needs can often be cost prohibitive for one school district to tackle completely on its own. A public school cooperative such as Erie 1 BOCES can address a variety of student needs that fall outside the scope of a traditional school setting. This results in unique opportunities and exceptional results.

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