Welcome to Allegan Alternative High School

550 Fifth Street, Allegan, MI 49010 | Phone 269-673-5433

Message from the Principal

Welcome new and returning students to the 2017-2018 school year!

We are so honored that you are allowing us to give your student "Another Choice" and "Another Chance" to earn their high school diploma. Below are a few points of pride your student can look forward to experiencing as a Eagle:

Eagle Hour: We created a time during the day when teachers are able to work with students one on one immediately after they see gaps in skills, preventing failure and building confidence.

Eagle's Nest: Our building now houses a supply of extra food, clothing, and hygiene products for our students, our families, and our community. Call or stop in to shop!

On-Site School Therapist: Thanks to our partnership with Pathways, a program of Arbor Circle, Brandy Salters, has become our in-house adolescent therapist. She is available to see students individually or in small groups.

Award Winning Students: The students of Allegan Alternative were presented with the 2017 Allegan Chamber of Commerce's Spirit of Allegan Award for all the good they have done for the community of Allegan and as a result sent our students the message: We see you and we value you.

Community Involvement: Our school now has over thirty community partnerships and growing each day! Our students gave back to their community inside and outside of our school walls through activities that included Red Cross Blood Drives, Beautifying the Sow What Community Garden, Volunteering at Sylvia's Place, International Aid, Wings of Hope Hospice, delivering potted flowers to our neighbors on Earth Day and so much more. 

Always Looking to the Future:
With the extra days off of school this year, our staff will be working hard to become a truly innovative school. 
Here is some of the challenging work we will be tackling during these days:

  • Basing student achievement on mastering the content rather than seat time
  • Allowing students to work more at their own pace and at their own level of readiness vs. a “one size fits all” teaching model
  • Beginning to focus more on skills and standards rather than grades and assignments
  • Creating hands-on projects where peers collaborate to investigate real-world issues
  • Allowing students to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways
  • Integrating employability skills into the curriculum
  • Helping students know exactly what standards they have mastered as well as the ones they still need to show proficiency
  • Using data to determine what a student is ready to learn
  • Capitalizing on our growing community partnerships
  • Creating extended learning opportunities inside and outside classroom walls
  • Increasing the number of students who receive a mentor, job training, and/or tech experience prior to graduation
  • Increasing the number of students who graduate from AAHS with a job or college acceptance
  • Educating our families and stakeholders on what a more personalized approach to learning looks like
Laura Feffer
Laura Feffer
AAHS Principal

Mission Statement

"Another Choice, Another Chance, Where Students SOAR"

S = Striving for Success
O = Overcoming Apathy
A = Accepting Differences
R = Ready for Life



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