Overview Alternative Education

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:      Online Service Directory

Northtowns Event Calendar
Alternative education graduation - June 22, 2016 will be the alternative graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Erie 1 BOCES Learning Center.
New York State Regents Exams - June 14, 2016 - June 22, 2016 will be the New York State Regents exams.
Half-day for Northtowns Middle School - June 14, 2016 - June 17, 2016 will be a half-day for Northtowns Middle School and all special education high school classes.
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 participated in the “National Go Red for Women” campaign throughout the month of February. The Go Red campaign helps to educate people on health, specifically heart... Read More...
Alternative Learning Program provides hope - “I actually want to go to school now,” says Alyssa Kelleher, junior in the Erie 1 BOCES Alternative Learning Program, when asked what the biggest difference is between this program and... Read More...
Career Day - On Tuesday, November 17, the staff at the Erie County Secure Youth Detention Facility ran a Career Day for the students.  For the morning sessions, speakers were asked to present for... Read More...
New Initiatives Promote Positive Behaviors - At Northtowns Academy, building positive relationships with students takes center-stage this year.  Several new initiatives, including monthly enrichment activities, school-wide Positive... Read More...
NTA Graduation 2015 - Northtowns Academy held their annual graduation ceremony for ALP and CCRA students. Twenty-five students, representing 11 school districts, were recognized and presented with diplomas. The... Read More...
Testimonials from Alternative Education

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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