May 26, 2017


Community Superintendents


High School Superintendents


Field Support Center Teams


School Principals



Raymond J. Orlando, Chief Financial Officer



Alternative Programs and Adult & Continuing Education


This memorandum funds Alternative Programs and Adult and Continuing Education in District 79 (D79). D79 serves three distinct student populations:

         Youth Justice and Treatment,

         Students in Voluntary Settings and

         Adult Education students (21 and over)


Youth Justice and Treatment

Youth Justice and Treatment includes the D79 students who reside on Rikers Island or in juvenile detention or drug treatment communities. Programs include:

         East River Academy: Serves students between the ages of 16 and 21 in multiple locations on Rikerís Island.

         Passages: Provides educational instruction and counseling for students ages 16 and younger in secure and non-secure detention and placement facilities operated by the Division of Youth and Family Justice of the Administration for Childrenís Services.

         Re-start: Provides educational services for students in drug treatment programs or other involuntary and/or temporary settings, and over-age middle school students.


Students in Voluntary Settings

Students in voluntary settings includes students pursuing their High School Equivalency Diploma. Programs include:

         Pathways to Graduation (P2G): Helps students earn their HS Equivalency and prepare them for college and career options.Students 18-21 years old can choose to participate in a full-time or part-time programs.Students who are 17 years old may only enroll with parent or guardian permission, though final determinations are considered on a case-by-case basis.P2G is offered at no cost and has many locations throughout the five boroughs.

         LYFE: Provides free, high-quality childcare to children of student parents, while supporting student parents in continuing their educational pursuits to a high school or high school equivalency diploma. Student parents are also provided support and coaching in parenting skills, mental health, and child care services citywide. LYFE operates in 34 high school settings across the five boroughs.

         Co-Op Tech: Serves students who are pursuing half-day career and technical training. Referral Centers for HS Alternatives: Serves approximately 8,000 students a year as a point of entry‎ to D79 programs and referral source to other DOE schools.


Adult Education Students (21 and over)

Adult Education Students includes students 21 and over who are seeking classes in Basic Literacy, Mathematics, High School Equivalency Test Preparation, Career and Technical education and/or English as a Second Language.


Allocation Methodology

To meet these varied needs, D79 utilizes a comprehensive program-based budgeting process (similar to that used for DOE schools) that grants all D79 programs autonomy over their budgets. The allocation methodology reflects the distinct aspects of the funding model for the varied programs in D79, and takes into account the various student populations.


In formulating each programís allocation, the district funds the continuation of current initiatives, contractual obligations, and cost models for new initiatives. The superintendent meets with district stakeholders, including principals and agency partners, to determine district-wide priorities and funding opportunities.


Principals receive funding in the following allocation categories:

         TL Instructional Programs HS D79

         TL Instructional Programs Adult ED HS D79

         TL GED LTW

         TL Daytop (supporting the Re-start Program)

         TL LYFE

         TL Renewal Plus D79

         TL Close To Home (supporting the Passages Program)

         TL 80 80 Rikers D79


The FY 2018 Initial Allocation for D79 is displayed in the attached table.


Download a copy of the School Allocation Memorandum No. 28, FY 2018



Table 1 Ė Alternative Programs and Adult & Continuing Education Allocation