Overview

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
  • Long Term Suspension 
  • Structured Studies
  • Opportunities for Career and Technical Education

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

Alternative EducationVideo
Contact Alternative Education

This division is part of Erie 1 BOCES Exceptional Education offerings.  

Lorenda Chisolm - Principal
(716) 961-4041
lchisolm@e1b.org

Northtowns Events
First Quarter Marks Close - November 7, 2014
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....
  
Northtowns News
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...
Testimonials

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..."

Student Testimonials
"The CCRA Program has helped me learn to control my anger and helped me learn not to get so angry at certain situations.  The ALC room gives me a chance to cool down when I am upset. I like that I actually get a chance to talk to the teachers here and they listen.  The teachers know how to teach me- it is easier and more fun to learn.  It is not all textbooks and notebook learning.  Staff work with you when you need help. I like that it is smaller and not as many kids and the extra staff (like the aides) help a lot. I get chances to make up missed work so it has definitely improved my grades." - Richard S.

"I am a senior at ALP and I’m on track to graduate in January.  ALP has helped me tremendously.  I can honestly say that ALP has saved my chance for becoming a police officer and following my dreams.  The teachers here really care about you and your future.  The classes are small, which helped me concentrate and made it easier to get help if needed.  Everyone, in this school is like one big family.  I started at ALP halfway through my junior year and coming here was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. How many high school students can say that?" - Ariyonna T.


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