Alternative Education

Graduation Alliance programs give students the support they need to overcome even the most substantial obstacles en route to a successful transition to college and careers.

The connection between education and life’s opportunities1 is indisputable — and the benefits, not just to individuals but their communities, are clear. High school graduates are more likely to be employed and earn a higher wage than individuals without a diploma. They’re less likely to be dependent on taxpayer-funded social programs. They’re far less likely to end up in the criminal justice system.


But not everyone benefits equally from the traditional brick-and-mortar model of education.2 That’s why hundreds of state and local secondary school leaders partner with Graduation Alliance each year to implement Dropout Recovery, Credit Recovery & Accrual, and Alternative Programming solutions. Graduation Alliance’s research-based approach to alternative education is holistic in nature, pairing time and place flexibility with the social-emotional supports that many at-risk and non-traditional students require in order to stay on track for graduation and successfully transition to life after high school.


Graduation Alliance’s Alternative Education programs are turn-key solutions that allow educators to focus their limited time and resources on other important initiatives. Delivering comprehensive student support and real-time visibility of student progress, Graduation Alliance’s Alternative Education solutions include:

  • The technology and internet access required to bridge the digital divide. Wireless-enabled laptops allow students to work on their classes at any time  and from anywhere
  • Comprehensive support, delivered through proactive online and in-person mentors, to overcome even the most substantial obstacles en route to college and careers
  • Highly-qualified teachers who are licensed in the student’s state and tutors who are available 24/7, allowing students to get help whenever they need it
  • Student resiliency assessments and development programs to help promote the growth of vital non-cognitive skills3
  • A FERPA-compliant academic monitoring system that permits a real-time review of the progress being made by individuals or specific groups of students


Across the nation in a diverse spectrum of communities, Graduation Alliance has demonstrated that when students get the support they need, even those facing the most substantial life obstacles can earn a high school diploma and graduate fully prepared for what comes next.

  1. Education Portal (n.d.). Why Should You Earn Your High School Diploma? [Web page] Retrieved January 26, 2015, from URL
  2. U.S. Department of Education (2014, March 28). Expansive Survey of America’s Public Schools Reveals Troubling Disparities. [Web article] Retrieved from URL:
  3. Heckman, J., and Rubinstein,Y. (2001). The Importance of Noncognitive Skills: Lessons from the GED Testing Program. The American Economic Review, 91(2), 145-149. Article stable URL:


"I'm thinking about college."

Graduation Alliance students in Renton, Washington, discuss their higher education plans after they graduate.