Alternative Programming

Delivering flexible solutions for keeping students on-track when brick-and-mortar attendance is not an option.

From illnesses and injuries to family crises and behavioral challenges, some students simply have a harder time attending school on a regular basis than their peers. Students who are chronically absent are seven times more likely1 to leave school without a diploma than their peers.


School leaders across the country know they are in dire need of a greater range of  alternative programs to meet the needs of this tremendously at-risk student population, but the expertise, time and costs of implementation can be barriers for even the most progressive districts.


Hundreds of communities across the nation, though, have successfully deployed Graduation Alliance’s cost-effective, scalable alternatives for keeping at-risk students enrolled, active and on track for graduation, even when campus attendance is not an option.


Graduation Alliance’s Alternative Programming solutions deliver more than 200 core and elective courses and are designed to serve any number of students — growing or contracting in real-time in response to district needs. Additional benefits include:


  • Coursework for middle and high school that allows students to work ahead of their peers or catch up with them through remedial courses.
  • Graduation Alliance’s time-in-program cost model, which is pro-rated down to the day, ensuring districts only pay for what they use.
  • Comprehensive wrap-around student support, including proactive academic coaches, highly qualified teachers and 24/7 tutor access.
  • Optional technology and internet service for students, ensuring learners can access courses and their support network at any time and from any location.
  • District access to a FERPA-compliant portal allowing educators to track student progress at any time.


From remedial curriculum — designed to meet students where they are — to niche-interest classes — intended to stoke creative passion — alternative coursework helps keep students engaged and inspired. Graduation Alliance allows districts to provide that engagement without taking resources from other, equally important educational endeavors.



There are a thousand reasons a student might disengage with their education. But every re-engagement starts with the same action - speaking to the student about their desire to come back.



  1. Utah Education Policy Center. (2012) Research Brief: Chronic Absenteeism [White paper]. Retrieved January 26, 2015 from


"It's made me grow."

Alyssa dropped out of school to become a caretaker for her diabetic sister while their mother worked several jobs to afford insurance, diabetes medication, and still be able to pay their bills. A partnership between Graduation Alliance and her school district enabled her help provide for her family while working on her diploma. She received her diploma in 2013.