STAR Alternative Schools

Providing alternative education that prepares all learners to meet their goals for college and career success


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ROE Alternative Programs

Regional Safe Schools Program (RSSP)

The Regional Safe School Program (RSSP) serves expulsion-eligible and suspension-eligible students in grades 6-12. Expelling or suspending disruptive students puts them on the street, which may increase safety and advance the learning environment inside the school premises, but does not serve the educational needs of the expelled or suspended students or the community's need for public safety.

The purpose of RSSP is:

  1. to increase safety and promote the learning environment in schools;
  2. to meet the particular educational needs of disruptive students more appropriately and individually in alternative educational environments;
  3. to remove severe behavior problems from the regular classrooms and;
  4. to provide instruction for the student during the expulsion period.

The Learning Sites have a set of guidelines, based upon best practices for alternative programs. Each student has an Alternative Education Plan (AEP) and positive outcomes include: reduction in disruptive behavior, regular attendance, coursework completion and credit received advancement in grade level, return to home school, grammar or high school graduation and where appropriate completing a program leading to taking the GED test and passing the GED. Computerized learning systems may supplement the primary academic instruction or may be used as the primary method of instruction. To participate in either of our programs students must be referred by the home district. They will remain a student of the district while attending the Learning Site, which is the serving school.

Truants' Alternative & Optional Education Program (TAOEP)

Illinois Truants' Alternative & Optional Education Professional Development Project. The goal of this statewide initiative is to address Illinois' need to provide a statewide system of professional development for educators who work with the Truants' Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP).

The TAOEP program is designed to offer modified instruction or other services designed to prevent students from dropping out of school. The project serves dropouts up to the age of 21 and potential dropouts, including truants, un-involved, unmotivated, and disaffected students.

ServicesTAOEP services include prevention and/or intervention and optional education programs designed to prevent students from dropping out of school. These include:​

  • Alternative School,
  • Counseling,
  • Credit Recovery,
  • Tutoring,
  • Mentoring,
  • Transportation.

Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (ALOP)

The Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (ALOP) offers programs with a broader range of academic, behavioral, and social/emotional interventions designed to increase the academic achievement levels of students so that they are able meet the new Illinois Learning Standards and complete their education in a safe learning environment.

The Alternative Programs/Academies are designed to serve high school students who have a variety of needs, including credit recovery and chronic truancy. The students may complete graduation requirements through their home high school while attending the Academies. Students will still be classified as a student at their home school while attending the alternative high school program. Students will successfully receive a high school diploma from their home school upon completion of their 24 state required credits.

  • Counseling
  • Credit Recovery
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Service Learning / Work Study
  • Night School
  • High School Diplomas