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Northtowns News
NTA Graduation 2014 - Northtowns Graduation will take place on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:00 at the Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus, in the B Building.  The Education Campus is located at 355 Harlem Road, West... Read More...
Distinguished Alumni Recognized - On Wednesday, February 12, the Board of Education at Erie 1 BOCES held its annual Alumni Induction Ceremony. At the event, four alumni from the Erie 1 BOCES instructional programs were honored.... Read More...
New Leadership Team - Erie 1 BOCES is pleased to announce the hiring of a new administrative team at Northtowns Academy. Justin DeMartin, Principal, comes to us with several years' experience as an... Read More...
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This division is part of Erie 1 BOCES Exceptional Education offerings.  

Lorenda Chisolm
(716) 961-4041


Our mission is to provide a caring, nurturing environment that supports students as they improve social skills and work towards their academic goals. 

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)
  • Alternative High School with work/study
  • Teen Parenting
  • Long Term Suspension 
  • Structured Studies

Learn more:     - Achieve (4-page publication)        
                        - Online Service Directory


Parent Testimonial
“I just want to say how grateful my wife and I are for all of your efforts and energies... you and your experienced teachers...stuck with it and (he) finished school...Until our educational system changes from the one size fits all mode, we will need more places like ALP.  Please convey our sincerest gratitude to all of (his) teachers. He is now working..."

Educator Testimonial
"I was especially impressed last Friday as I walked around. I saw students engaged and engrossed in every classroom…I can't thank you enough for the work you do here for our young people..."
Alternative Education
We provide the additional supports your child needs to succeed.
College and career readiness are elements integrated into our programs.
Our teachers build a relationship with our students and care about their success.
Students, in good standing with their home schools, may still participate in team sports and clubs.
Equal Opportunity
Erie 1 BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, political affiliation, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability as defined by law and is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The compliance officer for Title IX and Section 504 is the Executive Director, Instructional Services. She is available from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. (716) 821-7102.