Alternative and Open Schooling

SASE offers 360-degree services to educational trusts and schools in India, and these services include affiliations with the NWAC board, as well as, curriculum and assessment innovation for setting up alternative and open schooling.

Alternative schools is an option that was designed, developed, fully implemented, evaluated and successfully replicated in many parts of the USA. It incorporates a vast array of styles in how schools approach curriculum, instruction, governance and management. These models can be genuinely viewed as a worldwide revolution in education and include the following types:

  • Schools That Focus On Unique Curricular And Instructional Approaches: This category of alternative schools include:
  • Montessori Schools: Which are based on the ideas of Maria Montessori , an Italian physician and educator.
  • Open Schools: An outgrowth of the British infant school design.
  • Waldorf Schools: Schools inspired by the philosophy of the German educator Rudolf Steiner.
  • Multiple Intelligence Schools: Those are founded on the theories of the Harvard University psychologist, Howard Gardner.
  • Paideia Schools: A system established by the philosopher Mortimer Adler.
  • Free schools and Self-directed Education: Are based on the concepts of Scottish educator, Alexander S. Neill and others are Continuous Progress Schools, Schools Without Walls, and Traditional “back-to-basics” Schools.
  • Schools That Focus On The Needs And Interests Of Students: The majority of alternative schools included in this category are designed to cater to the specific needs of students. They include:
  • Teen Parent Schools
  • Dropout and Dropout-Prevention Schools
  • Schools For Expelled or Incarcerated Students
  • Schools for The Gifted and Talented
  • Schools That Focus On Career Themes And Professional Relevance: Career-themed magnet schools have a system which incorporates extensive experience in workplace/career settings with academic instruction. They operate mostly at the post-primary level and include:
  • Performing Arts Schools
  • Radio And Television Broadcasting Schools
  • Health Professional Schools
  • Law/Legal Schools
  • Science/Technology Schools
  • Teaching Career Schools

There are many more schools in this category, including, career-focused educational options, academic/disciplinary-focused programs in international studies, multicultural studies, environmental issues, and all the traditional academic disciplines.

  • Alternatives That Focus On Experiential Learning: Following the ideas expounded by American philosopher, John Dewey, these classes of alternative schools emphasize learning by doing. Examples include:
  • Schools Without Walls: Depending on the specific focus of the class, students acquire their education in banks, businesses, courtrooms, museums, and government agencies, instead of the typical classrooms.
  • Foxfire: Students learn by collecting and publishing the folklore of their region.
  • Outward Bound/Expeditionary Learning: Where students learn through expeditions and experiences in their communities.
  • School Without Walls: Are designed with flexible schedules and students do their learning away from the classroom; in different locations within the community. The specific goal of each educational and training program determines where students are sent.
  • Separate Alternative Learning Center: Are designed for students that require a specific curriculum in order to acquire a particular skill, such as, parenting skills or special job skills. Learning is usually conducted away from traditional school settings and often located in business environments, churches, or other unique locations.
  • College-Based Alternative School: Are operated by the staff of public schools and designed for students who need high school credits. They take place within college facilities, in order to benefit the student’s self-esteem and also offer other services that could help the students.
  • Summer School: Are designed as remedial – for acquiring academic credits – or for enhancing student’s special interests, such as, in science, computers, etc.
  • Magnet School: Focus on selected curriculum areas with specialized teachers and student attendance that is often by choice.
  • Second-Chance School: Are schools for students adjudged as troubled and placed in these schools by court order or a school district, as an option of last resort before they are expelled or incarcerated.
  • Charter School: Are autonomous educational entities operating under a contract separately entered into between a state agency and the school’s sponsors.