Alternative Schools are of different type and they differ in philosophies and even in teaching methods adopted. Alternative schools can be conducted anywhere–from traditional classroom to a shade of a tree to inside a public museum or even in someone’s house or apartment–and the student body can be of similar or diverse characteristics. Nontraditional schools can be public or private, women or men exclusive school or both, nonreligious or sometimes denominational, free, discounted or paid through tuition and some miscellaneous. Every part of this world has different variations and form of schooling for different age brackets.
An “alternative school” differs from the traditional in terms of place of education. Curriculum adopted in alternative schools is much different than the ones offered in most public schools. They may also differ with the matters and lessons being introduced and discuss but both were profoundly rooted philosophical, political or scholarly beliefs.
Another advantage of a nontraditional school is that they may offer something that was missing from a public school–namely individualized consideration and the facility to diverge from the requirements mandated by officials. Alternative schools can oppose to the strict policies and requirements of a public schools. Sight for example, A Baptist Sunday School which spreads the teachings of their divine intervention. They are usually scheduled every Sunday of the week. Also, a Montessori school uses another method of teaching in for the support of the natural maturity of children by using their imaginations, creativity, and time-management skills.
Other types of alternative schools include career-focused or vocational schools like driving school, engineering technology schools, optional schools, charter schools, one-on-one with the teacher in a home school, and the latest one which is the online school. Vocational schools accept students who just graduated elementary or high school depending on what type of career or vocational course was chosen. Some may call it as a technical school and you may focus on the specific field such as masonry, wielding, driving, graphics design and animation, etc. Usually, vocational students are working full-time and they make schooling as a part time task while some choose to enroll for hands-on experiences even if they had graduated some proper courses.
Optional school focuses on a specific type of student, like special children, someone with mental or behavioral disorder or those who are intellectually gifted. There are also free schools which are open schools that allow people to share their skills and talents with one another. It forms like a cooperative society. And the latest one is the online schooling in which one can get a diploma or a college degree by just enrolling in a school online. The student will just have to face his/her computer and he/she can schedule his/her own class at the most convenient time at available days. In this manner, even the busy moms can enroll to this kind of system.
Every student has their own likes and needs in which it differs from anyone else. Alternative schools takes advantage of this fact and they only focused to meet these particular wants. Nontraditional forms of education are success in reducing tardiness and absenteeism, some behavioral student problems, improving perspectives towards educational schools and building up high school recognitions and credits. As the popularity of alternative schools increase through time, more school alternatives will exists. But one thing they should consider, alternative school should have a clear mission of providing high quality education, and good moral and behavioral teachings for the assurance of future generations to come. BOLA TANGKAS