Alternative Education

Sometimes students need a little extra help getting through the school system. Several innovative alternative education programs are designed to help students who are at risk of leaving school before graduation.

The programs include:

  • SOAR — An alternative program for grades 8 through 12. Admission based on a recommendation of the home high school counselor and an interview with program staff.
  • Choices — An alternative program, in cooperation with the Johnson County Department of Corrections, for students ages 13-17. Admission based on recommendation of the Johnson County Department of Corrections with approval from the sending school.
  • Hope — An alternative program for suspended or expelled students. Admission is based on the recommendation from the Due Process Hearing Committee.
  • The Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center — A residential detention center serving all Johnson County youth who are incarcerated. Placement is made by law enforcement or the local juvenile authority.

Visit their website at for more information about the individual programs.