History & Philosophy
Allegan Alternative High School is 30 years old! It started as an offshoot of our Adult Education Program. The original program had 2 teachers and met from 12 noon until 4:00pm. It started with 25 students. It now is a full time high school that is accredited by the North Central Association. Its curriculum meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements. In addition, students can attend our local Vocational Technical Education Center. We have 6 teachers and 2 teacher's assistants that now service over 100 students from Allegan and other area high schools.
Throughout the years AAHS's mission has remained constant: to give students another choice and another chance at completing their high school education.
AAHS's educational philosophy is based upon the idea of the student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach. Our graduates possess the academic, technical, social and employability skills needed to attend college or other technical training schools or to enter the workforce.
Technology has become an increasingly critical tool to advance learning at AAHS in recent years. We see great potential for its use in the learning process. Technology allows us to expand the classroom experience beyond traditional time and space limits. Teaching students to use technology effectively and to have it accessible to all students is essential in today's "wired" world.
The Key to AAHS's success is its "family" atmosphere. Each student is part of the school community, which brings with it responsibilities and rewards.