Alternative Programs

Welcome to Alternative Programs

Chesterfield County alternative programs provide students individualized academic and behavioral support to access the standard curriculum in a small non-traditional setting. 

Please let us know if you have questions or need support.  

Academy 360

A360 provides a safe learning environment and non-traditional option for middle school students to enhance their social and study skills and achieve academic success.

  • Block 1 - 8:20-9:10 a.m. 
  • Block 2 - 9:12 - 10:44 a.m.
  • Block 3 - 10:46 - 11:40 a.m.
  • Lunch - 11:43 a.m. - 12:03 p.m.
  • Block 3 (cont'd) - 12:05-12:44 p.m.
  • Block 4 - 12:46-2:19 p.m.

Our frequently asked questions section is a living document that is updated as needed. Please click here to learn more.

Melissa Radtke 
Assistant Principal
804-638-5057

Bruna Sandry 
Office Manager
804-768-6165

Jamie Mapp 
Coordinator of Special Education
804-638-5109

Laura Hogan 
Testing Coordinator 
804-251-0995

Jasmine Bess
School Counselor
804-768-6160 ext. 1008

Chesterfield County Public Schools respects parent wishes for their child to bring a cellphone to school. However, cell phones brought to school must be stored appropriately and used only as allowed in the school system's cellphone guidance. Consequences for violating the cellphone guidance include confiscation of the phone, loss of cell phone privileges or suspension from school. Please review the cellphone guidance below and discuss it with your child before the first day of school.



All electronic devices, including ear pieces, are items that may create disruption and are strong temptations for theft. To avoid these problems students are encouraged not to bring them to school or to turn them off during instructional class periods unless being used for instructional purposes.

 

If a student chooses to bring a cellphone or electronic device to school, they must adhere to the following procedures:

  • Students may only use their cell phone or electronic device before/after school, during class change, or lunch. For safety reasons, students are permitted to wear one ear piece only. 
  • Cell Phones or electronic devices are not permitted during instructional class periods, unless directed to do so by the teacher. 
  • A student found using a cellphone or electronic device during any testing situation will have the cellphone or electronic device immediately confiscated and will lose the privilege for the remainder of the school year. 
  • Any student, who uses a cellphone or electronic device for unlawful activity while on school property, or while attending any school function or activity, will be subject to disciplinary action that may include out-of-school suspension or a recommendation for expulsion. 
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools is not responsible for lost or stolen personal cell phones or other personal electronic devices.

 

If a student is found in violation of cell phone or electronic device device use, the following consequences will be issued:

 

1st Violation

  • Cell phone or electronic device is confiscated and given to administration.
  • Cell phone or electronic device is returned to the student at the end of the day.

2nd Violation

  • Cell phone or electronic device is confiscated and given to administration.
  • Cell phone or electronic device is returned to the parent at the end of the day.
  • Students are subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences which may include in-school or out of school suspension.

3nd Violation and Subsequent Violations

  • Cell phone or electronic device is confiscated and given to administration.
  • Parents must schedule a parent/student/administrator conference between 8:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Cell Phone or electronic device is returned to the parent. Additional violations of the appropriate cell phone school-use expectations may result in the loss of the privilege to have a cellphone on school grounds.
  • Students are subject to appropriate disciplinary consequences which may include in-school or out of school suspension.

 

If a student refuses to hand over a cellphone or electronic device, it will be considered insubordination. Discipline for insubordination will be added to discipline for use of the cell phone or electronic device in school.

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Chesterfield respetan los deseos de los padres de que sus hijos traigan un teléfono celular a la escuela. Sin embargo, los teléfonos celulares que se traigan a la escuela deben almacenarse apropiadamente y usarse solo según lo permitido en las reglas del uso de teléfonos celulares del sistema escolar. Las consecuencias por violar la regla de uso del teléfono celular incluyen: la confiscación del teléfono, la pérdida de los privilegios del teléfono celular o la suspensión de la escuela. Revise las reglas del uso de teléfonos celulares a continuación y discútala con su estudiante antes del primer día de clases.

Todos los dispositivos electrónicos, incluidos los audífonos, son artículos que pueden generar interrupciones y son fuertes tentaciones para el robo. Para evitar estos problemas, se recomienda a los estudiantes que no los traigan a la escuela o que los apaguen durante los períodos de instrucción a menos que se utilicen con fines educativos.

Si un estudiante elige traer un teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico a la escuela, debe cumplir con los siguientes procedimientos:

  • Los estudiantes solo pueden usar su teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico antes o después de la escuela, durante el cambio de clase o durante el almuerzo. Por razones de seguridad, a los estudiantes se les permite usar solo un audífono.
  • Los teléfonos celulares o dispositivos electrónicos no están permitidos durante los períodos de instrucción, a menos que el maestro lo indique.
  • A el estudiante que se encuentre usando un teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico durante cualquier prueba o examen, se le confiscará el teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico de inmediato y perderá este privilegio por el resto del año escolar.
  • Cualquier estudiante que use un teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico para actividades ilegales mientras se encuentre en propiedad escolar o mientras asiste a cualquier función o actividad escolar estará sujeto a medidas disciplinarias que pueden incluir suspensión fuera de la escuela o recomendación de expulsión.
  • Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Chesterfield no son responsables por teléfonos celulares personales y otros dispositivos electrónicos perdidos o robados. 

Si se encuentra a un estudiante en violación del uso de teléfonos celulares o dispositivos electrónicos, se emitirán las siguientes consecuencias:

1ra. Violación

  • El teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico es confiscado y entregado a la administración.
  • El teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico será devuelto al estudiante al final del día.

2da. Violación

  • El teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico es confiscado y entregado a la administración.
  • El teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico se devuelve a los padres al final del día.
  • Los estudiantes están sujetos a las consecuencias disciplinarias apropiadas que pueden incluir la suspensión dentro o fuera de la escuela.

3ra. Violación y Violaciones Subsecuentes

  • El teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico es confiscado y entregado a la administración.
  • Los padres deben programar una conferencia de padres/estudiantes/administradores entre las 8:00 a.m. y las 3:45 p.m.  El teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico se devuelve a los padres. Violaciones adicionales de las expectativas de uso de teléfonos celulares en la escuela pueden resultar en la pérdida del privilegio de tener un teléfono celular en los terrenos de la escuela.
  • Los estudiantes están sujetos a consecuencias disciplinarias apropiadas que pueden incluir la suspensión dentro o fuera de la escuela.

Si un estudiante se niega a entregar un teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico, se considerará insubordinación. La disciplina por insubordinación se sumará a la disciplina por el uso del teléfono celular o dispositivo electrónico en la escuela.

Adult Continuing Education

Adult Programs offers opportunities for Chesterfield County residents to continue to learn and grow.  We offer Work Force Training and Certifications, Enrichment Classes and the Super Senior Passport.   We also work with adults who are interested in completing their GED.    Adult students who want to improve their English Language Skills can also take classes with us.

Workforce Information

Registration site for workforce classes: tinyurl.com/CCACEcatalog

Contact:  804-768-6140

Dawn Wells - [email protected]

There are two ways to work toward a GED. 

  • In-person, teacher-led classes are held in the fall and spring semesters. 
  • A self-paced online program can be started at any time  

In-person class registration opens in August and January. Click here to view the Adult Continuing Education Program course catalog and to register.

Contact us to begin the online program. 

Classes available for GED Preparation

Critical thinking

Prepare for the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Exams. Explore themes in history and science and discuss their application to current events. Learn to evaluate arguments, practice the rules of written English and learn how to write in a formal, organized style.

Math

Prepare for the GED Math Exam. Solve everyday problems using numbers, graphs and charts, basic operations, central tendency, decimals, fractions, percents and ratios. Use measurement, probability, equations, expressions, algebra, geometry, functions and patterns to represent data and relationships.

Visit the ged.com official testing site for all information for the GED

More information 

Hilary Parr [email protected]

804-768-6140

The Chesterfield Practical Nursing Program is a 24-month program designed to prepare the student to enter the health field as a beginning practitioner of practical nursing. Standards of performance for progression and graduation in the program are based on current national nursing standards for entry-level competency required of new practical nursing education program graduates. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN).

The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The program is not accredited by a nursing education accrediting body such as ACEN.

Requirements

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a high school or GED diploma and a DCA, CNA or PCA license. Additionally, applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a standardized test designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness for entering the health science fields. Study materials for TEAS are available at https://atitesting.com/teas-prep.

Costs

The course is broken into two parts: PN1 and PN2. The cost of PN 1 is $4000. This is due before the course begins. The cost of PN 2 is $2000, due before the spring 2023 class. Payment plans may be available.

Class and clinical information 

Classes are held Monday-Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at CTC @ Courthouse in room 106.  Please use door 3 to enter the building after school hours.PN 1 requires 40 hours of clinicals; this may occur on weekdays or weekends.

Apply to the program

Current applications are for the spring 2023 Practical Nursing cohort. This cohort will begin on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, and will graduate in December 2024.

It is important to read the program handbook in full before applying to the program.

The completed application, including references and transcripts, must be postmarked by Nov. 22, 2022.

Applicants for the spring 2023 cohort must take the TEAS aptitude test on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at CTC @ Courthouse, located at 10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. Enter at Door 3.

Admission status will be communicated by Tuesday, Dec. 16. 

Please read the handbook in full before applying to the program.

FAQ

What is the TEAS? 

The TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is a standardized test designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness for entering the health science fields. Questions are designed to test the basic academic skills needed to perform successfully in the areas of reading, math, science and English and language usage. Additional information about TEAS can be found here.

Why is the TEAS required? 

The TEAS has shown to be a predictor of early nursing school success. The TEAS score is one measure of academic preparedness that helps CCPS consider nursing program applicants. 

What is on the TEAS exam? 

The TEAS contains 170 questions, including multiple choice and other question formats. There are 150 scored questions and 20 unscored pretest questions. Students have 209 minutes to complete the exam. 

For students testing on or after June 3, 2022, the number of questions in each content section and subsection are as follows: 

  • Reading – 45 questions (55 minutes)
  • Key Ideas and Details – 15
  • Craft and Structure – 9
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas – 15
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 6
  • Math – 38 questions (57 minutes)
  • Numbers and Algebra – 18
  • Measurement and Data – 16
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 4
  • Science – 50 questions (60 minutes)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology – 18
  • Biology – 9
  • Chemistry – 8
  • Scientific Reasoning – 9
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 6
  • English and Language Usage – 37 questions (37 minutes)
  • Conventions of Standard English – 12
  • Knowledge of Language – 11
  • Using Language and Vocabulary to Express Ideas in Writing – 10
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 4

How should I prepare for the TEAS exam? 

ATI, the official provider of prep for the exam, recommends at least six weeks to prepare for the exam.

There are a variety of prep resources aligned to the test:  

ESL Information

Come join our learning community! In our English classes, students will improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities.  Students will learn about American culture, workforce and educational systems while improving their computer literacy skills. Levels include: Early literacy through high advanced. There are three methods of instruction offered: in-person, virtual classes (100% on the computer, teacher led) and distance learning only (100% on the computer, self-paced).  Students receive a textbook and opportunities to access online learning and educational enrichment. 

Contact - 804-768-6140

Joyce Clements - [email protected] 

Melinda Dart -  [email protected]

Call or email us and speak with one of our staff members.  768-6140

Pearson Vue testing Center

  • Test appointments are available for the Pearson Vue testing Center.
  • Location:  Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • Day: Every Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Night: Every Monday and Wednesday 5-9 p.m.

Adult Continuing Education Specialist Workforce: Dawn Wells
[email protected] 804-768-6140 ext. 1920 

 

Adult Continuing Education Specialist English Language Support: Joyce Clement
[email protected]net  804-768-6140 ext. 1914

 

Adult Continuing Education Specialist English Language Support: Melinda Dart
[email protected]net 804-768-6140 ext. 1923 

 

Adult Continuing Education Specialist GED: Hilary Parr
[email protected] 804-768-6140 ext. 1917

 

Adult Continuing Education Fiscal Technician:  Dana Long
[email protected] 804-768-6140

 

Adult Continuing Education Secretary: Terri West
[email protected]net  804-768-6140 

Connections

Connections Academy is an alternative program serving students who have been removed from the comprehensive school setting by the Office for Student Conduct. Students in Connections Academy continue to work with their home school to receive instruction and complete assessments. Teachers at Connections Academy facilitate learning assignments between the student and their home school and provide academic support when needed. 

 

More information

Ben Collins [email protected]

Assistant Principal  

804-768-6156 ext. 5315

Night School

Night School provides high school students the opportunity to complete and earn high school credits for FREE in the evening. Students engage in intense academic study to complete a traditional year-long course in a single semester. Please note that students not present on the first night of their class will be unenrolled to allow students on the waitlist to attend.

Fall courses:

Monday/Wednesday 5-9 p.m. 

  • AFDA – Hybrid- Virtual Monday/in-person Wednesday
  • English 10
  • English 11
  • English 12
  • Virtual English 12
  • Virtual Economics and Personal Finance
  • Ethics and Culture in Film
  • Health/PE2 and Drivers Ed. (together)
  • Health/PE 2 (only)
  • Driver’s Education (only)

Tuesday/Thursday 5-9 p.m. 

  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • World History I
  • VA/US History
  • Government
  • Virtual Government
  • Ecology
  • Art I
  • Art II

Spring courses:

Monday/Wednesday 5-9 p.m. 

  •    AFDA – Hybrid- Virtual Monday/in-person Wednesday
  •    English 10
  •    English 11
  •    English 12
  •    Virtual English 12
  •    Virtual Economics and Personal Finance
  •    Health/PE2 and Drivers Ed. (together)
  •    Health/PE 2 (only)
  •    Driver’s Education (only)
  •    ReStart Government 

Tuesday/Thursday 5-9 p.m. 

  •     Economics and Personal Finance
  •     VA/US History    
  •     Government
  •     Virtual Government
  •      Biology II
  •      Restart English 12
  •      Art I
  •      Art II

With the tardy and attendance policy in mind, please arrange reliable transportation and/or internet service. 

  • Students not present on the first night of class will be unenrolled to allow students on the waitlist to attend.
  • Due to the program's accelerated nature, students will be withdrawn with a failing grade after five unexcused absences. 
  • All classes start promptly at 5 p.m. and in-person students must be picked up at 9 p.m. 
  • Absences and tardiness are closely monitored. Three tardies or early dismissals equals one absence.

Breaks are scheduled at 5:45 and 7:45 p.m. In-person students are provided dinner at no cost. Students may also bring food. Students may not order food to be delivered to school. During breaks, students are not permitted to leave school grounds.

Students may retake the first semester of a course at Night School while they continue the second semester at their home school. The goal is for students to retake the first semester in order to earn a passing grade for the year. Students in ReStart classes will be withdrawn after three unexcused absences. Restart is limited to English 12 and Government only.

Assistant Principal serving Night School and Connections Academy
[email protected]net  
804-768-6156 ext. 5315 

 

Office Manager
[email protected]  
804-768-6165

 

School Counselor serving Night School and Connections Academy
[email protected]  
804-768-6156 

 

Coordinator of Special Education
[email protected]   
804-638-5109

 

Testing Coordinator
[email protected] 
804-251-0995

Contact Information

Please let us know if you have any questions or need support. We look forward to serving you!

Coordinator of Alternative Programs
[email protected]
804-398-0581 (cell)

In accordance with School Board Policy 6131, please report any concerns regarding sexual harassment to the
Title IX Coordinator, Rebecca Harmon, 804-398-0581.

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