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Alternative Education Overview
Alternative Education provides students with new beginnings and second chances.  At Erie 1 BOCES, we focus on the whole student, allowing every opportunity to achieve goals, ensure a brighter future, and build productive members of society.
 
Each program provides content certified teachers, who have experience working with an at-risk population.
  • Alternative High School (grades 9-12)
  • Home Hospital Instruction
  • Out of School Suspension Options (Grades 7-12)
  • Twilight After School Education Options (Grades 10-12)
Northtowns News
Planning builds confidence Annual career plans keep students on track Students striving for their Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Credential have more than just work ahead of them; they have a lot to...
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EDGE of success Alt Ed’s new academy set to debut next school year Chasing after your passions can help lead you to the edge of success, but everyone needs a mode of transportation to get there. ...
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Work-Based Learning aims to give everyone a shot at success Gaining skills necessary to succeed is an important part of education, and Erie 1 BOCES is seizing on that mantra to ensure everyone gets a fair shot at that success by implementing the Work-Based...
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MiddleTech Academy debuts as gateway to high school MiddleTech Academy has hit the ground running in helping seventh- and eighth- graders succeed in a non-traditional learning environment. The academy – a collaboration between Erie 1...
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Community Food Pantry at Northtowns Registered nurse Julie Murray cares about the health of the children she supports at Erie 1 BOCES Northtowns Academy , including their dietary health. With her vision, and the support of her...
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Local Businesses Visit Northtowns Northtowns Academy students recently peered through a window into the lives of business representatives of various job fields. The inaugural Kid Biz Career Day saw a wide range of professionals...
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A Transformative Experience Kayla Barrett, of Lancaster, admits she was too caught up in high school drama when she started at Northtowns Academy. This June, Kayla graduated from the Alternative Learning Program...
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Teen Artist Starts A Client Portfolio When the floor-to-ceiling mirrors were finally removed from the main reception area of Erie 1 BOCES on Harlem Road in West Seneca, the space transformed from 1970 to 2017. However, the remaining...
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Teen’s Positive Attitude Lights Her Path Aniyah 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...
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Food Drive at Northtowns Northtowns Academy held an Annual Food Drive that was sponsored by Nancy Prichard's' Health and Society class. The students made the posters and boxes for the drive. Students who brought in items...
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Club Period Proves Popular at Alternative School “Join the club” is a popular idiom these days, and many Erie 1 BOCES Northtowns Academy students have been doing just that. “Students are welcome to join after-school...
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Letter to Parents Regarding Lead Test Results Dear Parents and Guardians, All public schools in New York State were required to test their water outlets for lead by October 31. Legislation requires all schools to notify parents with...
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Distinguished alumna award granted to Ashley Billings Ashley Billings, resident of the City of Tonawanda, was a 2011 graduate from the Erie 1 BOCES Alternative Learning Program (ALP) . On Wednesday, June 22, Billings was honored by the Erie 1 BOCES ...
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Students explore Spanish culture in the classroom Elizabeth Briceno, an Erie 1 BOCES teacher, meets with students in grades seven through 12 to provide exposure to the Spanish language and culture. ...
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Middle school program provides active learning environment Erie 1 BOCES Center-Based Middle School program uniquely focuses on each student, providing them with a small classroom environment and a positive support network. Teachers Jeanette Braun and Kira...
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Northtowns goes red for women Northtowns Academy participated in the “National Go Red for Women” campaign throughout the month of February. The Go Red campaign helps to educate people on health, specifically heart...
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Alternative Learning Program provides hope “I actually want to go to school now,” says Alyssa Kelleher, junior in the Erie 1 BOCES Alternative Learning Program, when asked what the biggest difference is between this program and...
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Career Day On Tuesday, November 17, the staff at the Erie County Secure Youth Detention Facility ran a Career Day for the students.  For the morning sessions, speakers were asked to present for...
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New Initiatives Promote Positive Behaviors At Northtowns Academy, building positive relationships with students takes center-stage this year.  Several new initiatives, including monthly enrichment activities, school-wide Positive...
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NTA Graduation 2015 Northtowns Academy held their annual graduation ceremony for ALP and CCRA students. Twenty-five students, representing 11 school districts, were recognized and presented with diplomas. The...
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Northtowns Goes Red for Women Northtowns Academy came together for "Go Red for Women" campaign.  Donations from faculty and students raised $140 for the American Heart Association. For their donations, participants received...
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Donated Guitar Strikes a Chord with Teen Tenth-grade student Joe Laud recently shared a piece of his original musical composition with his class at Erie 1 BOCES Northtowns Academy. Joe played an acoustic guitar donated to the school by...
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Jessica Toth Named Featured Erie 1 BOCES Student of the Month The faculty members at Erie 1 BOCES Northtowns Academy have selected Jessica Toth, a senior from the Sweet Home School District, as Erie 1 BOCES' featured student of the month. Jessica,...
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