Alternative Education’s Mission Academic Options
Old Orchard Beach/Saco
In addition to completing academic work,
Adult & Community
In September, 2001, OOB/Saco Adult & Com-
munity Education launched a new program students are required to participate in a variety
for 16-20 year old students who were at risk of of learning activities, such as health and life Education
dropping out of school. skills exercises, group building activities, Learning for Better Living
vocational exploration, special field trips, and
This Alternative Education Program provides service learning projects.
students with an opportunity to develop aca-
demic and life skills in an off-campus setting.
The program is by application only and is
available to Old Orchard Beach and Saco at the Saco Learning Center
students. Other towns may have a “tuition in” 80 Common St • Saco, ME 04072
option. The program meets Monday - Thurs-
day, 10:30 AM to 3 PM.
The mission of the OOB/Saco Alternative
Education Program is to provide an alternative
educational opportunity and environment in
which students can achieve academic, social,
and personal success.
The program strives to meet students’ in-
dividual needs and help them prepare for a
meaningful future in college, the workplace,
and their communities.
Where learning is an adventure!
Call (207) 282-3846
OOB/Saco Adult & Community Education
40 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd.
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064
Testimonials Alternative Education Goal Options
“I’m in college now, and I wouldn’t have Students who benefit...
made it without Alternative Ed . . . ”
-Becky- • Are between the ages of 16 & 20
• Are hands-on learners
classes really • Are motivated to learn when given an
helped a lot.” environment that meets their needs
-Chris- • Have not experienced regular
sustained sucess in high school
• Prefer a small group setting &
individual learning approaches
“We do lots of things outside of the
classroom like field trips and service
learning . . . “ Statistics
-John- • Alternative Education students have an
average attendance rate of 88%
Students in our fully-equipped computer lab.
“The four day
school week and • 100% of seniors complete at least two
college applications Academic & Other Skills
shorter days were
Students focus on academic and social skills with
better . . . “ • 95% of students graduate within two the goal of returning to their high school.
• 100% of students complete job shad High School Diploma through Thornton Academy
owing, service learning and community Students earn course credits and receive their
service programs high school diploma through Thornton Academy.
Program Highlights GED Preparation
Students prepare to pass the GED exam (high
• Adventure-Based Learning school equivalency degree). Students may take
• Career Exploration the GED once they have turned 18 years old and
• College Preparation their high school class has graduated.
• Service Learning
• Small Group Setting
• Unique Field Trips
• Substance Abuse Education www.oobsaco.maineadulted.org
• Character Education
• Life Skills Exercises
Our Director, Dave Durkee with graduate
MKT 09/10 - 3 folds - Alt Ed 11/09