Alternate Learning Centers (ALCs) promote pro-social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors in students, offer a core academic program and provide intervention measures that build students’ capacity to return to school better able to be productive and engaged members of their school communities. Alternate Learning Centers (ALCs) Background: The Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD) manages the Alternate Learning Centers (ALCs) instructional and social emotional program for middle and high school students on Superintendent’s Suspension. This program began in FY 2007 to address issues regarding the instruction of suspended students that had been subject to litigation. An ALC Directory is available (here).
The ALCs are organized by borough. Each borough has six to eight ALCs, each generally serving a maximum of 80 students with nine core staff members: an assistant principal, core subject area teachers in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science, a special education teacher, an educational paraprofessional, guidance counselors/social workers and a school aide. Each borough ALC is supervised by a principal. Each borough also has a school secretary and there is one citywide parent coordinator. Currently, in SY 16-17 there are a total of 37 sites citywide which includes programs for our middle and high school students on superintendent’s suspension.