The program is located on Bittersweet next to Schmucker Middle School. The program was established in 2002. In the 2005-06 school year, 113 students attended Pennway Alternative. The program has four teachers, two instructional assistants, and an on-site director.
The purpose of the Pennway Alternative Program is to provide each student with the resources and support necessary to successfully complete a program of studies that will lead to a high school diploma as well as obtain marketable work skills.
Here is the Pennway Alternative School Student Handbook for the 2009-2010 school year.
Student must be referred by High School Counselor and Assistant Principal to be considered for placement at Pennway. Students in the third or fourth year of high school are required to be employed.
The program features a comprehensive core curriculum of North Central Association approved courses. Pennway uses NovaNet and A+ softwares. These are networked electronic instructional tools. The managed instruction modules are packaged into topics, which are groups of lessons and exams organized by subject, grade level or both. Students will focus on the core curriculum of English, math, reading, social studies and science. Students will receive pass/fail grades. All courses will transfer to Penn High School, should the student decide to transition back to the traditional program. Many courses require supplemental activities and most will also require the student to pass a Criterion Referenced Test (CRT).
The staff includes teachers and instructional aides to guide students through their curriculum. Students also have access to guidance counselors and health care personnel. The program is located in the white Pennway Building next to Schmucker Middle School.
Operation and Transportation
Ninth and tenth grade Pennway students will be bused to school on a separate bus route arriving at 9:30 a.m. The school is in session from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and follows the current school calendar.
Eleventh and twelfth grade Program Schedule is as follows. Students are assigned to attend either an AM or a PM session and provide their own transportation.
Session AM 8:00 - 10:45 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Wednesday
Session PM 12:15 - 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
Students should be academically capable, but who have not succeeded for any of the following reasons:
- Attendance – students who have failed to attend school regularly, but still want to earn a diploma. Attendance is a key factor in determining students who may be in danger of dropping out of school.
- Educationally at-risk-students determined to be at risk because of low GPA, poor academic performance despite their ability.
- Health related – pregnant teens and/or teen parents.