Overview Alternative Education

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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Northtowns News
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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 ... Read More...
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. ... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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... Read More...
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,... Read More...