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
Northtowns Events
President's Day - Feb. 16, 2015, No School, Federal Holiday
First Quarter Marks Close - November 7, 2014
Contact Alternative Education

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

Lorenda Chisolm - Principal
(716) 961-4041

Northtowns News
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...

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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