ACCESS: A unique approach to alternative education

March 9, 2010
DOI: 10.4016/16470.01

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Alternative schools have been synonymous with curriculum centered on vocational training with the primary purpose of preparing students for working class employment. This research project analyzed one program currently in use at an alternative high school in San Diego: Garfield High School’s ACCESS program, which focuses on college preparation. The study examined the structure, curriculum and pedagogy behind the implementation of the program, using qualitative data in the form of interviews and onsite observation. Detailed interviews of administrators, counselors, teachers and students provided insight into the actual nature and impact of the program, and the challenges in successful implementation. This research contributes to the literature on alternative education by demonstrating that organically constructed programs can effectively promote academically inclined populations amongst students otherwise overlooked by the public school system, without creating tracked populations.
The topic of this postercast is Garfield High School's ACCESS program. The postercast provides a brief overview of the complexities surrounding... » More

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