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The Little Red School House 2014 Winner
The Little Red School House Award is presented
to a school district that is selected for
implementing the most significant, innovative
and successful education program or project.
Prior to the fall of
2012, the Brookings School District was serving
various students who had a lack of motivation to
attend school and/or complete their work.
As a solution to this, in the fall of
2012, the Brookings Alternative Learning Center
(ALC) was formed.
The program is designed to serve
Brookings High School students who have had less
success in the traditional school environment.
The program is a unique alternative which
utilizes a behavior management plan with
academic and social skills curriculum to enable
students to learn acceptable skills.
Currently there are 16 students enrolled
with several on a waiting list.
Every course in the ALC is currently
offered face-to-face with a 3:14 teacher to
Students move from class to class
together as a group and attend math, English,
social science and science at Brookings High
are at varied levels and obtain differentiated
instruction to meet the individual needs of the
They addressed the behavior needs by
implementing a behavior modification program
which includes a checkbook reward system.
They also addressed social skills by
adding a required life skills course where
students learn how to manage money, create
positive relationships and make good choices.
The following is posted in various areas
of the classroom that reads: “Dear Students,
We believe in you.
We trust you.
You are important.
You are cared for.
You are listened to.
You will succeed!”
This program is a student achievement
Their goal for next year is to increase
space and staff with an objective of educating
up to 50 students in the next two years.
, Executive Director , Administrative. Assistant
School Administrators of
306 E. Capitol, Suite 150 P.O. Box 1141 Pierre, SD 57501-1141
Telephone: 605-773-2525, Fax: 605-773-2520
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