The Haverhill Alternative High School (grades 9-12) and the Haverhill Alternative Middle School (grades 6-8) are designed to provide a structured, demanding educational setting in a caring and engaging therapeutic milieu.
The programs offer an active, hands-on learning environment utilizing a small group instructional format. The emphasis is on promoting a meaningful and purposeful educational and therapeutic experience in order to meet each student’s unique learning needs.
The post-admissions process includes identifying and building on existing student strengths through the use of extensive evaluation upon the student’s entrance into the program.
The overarching goal is to integrate the student’s thinking, feelings and behaviors to achieve appropriate and relevant educational and social outcomes. Therefore, the purpose of the student-staff relationships is to promote consistent academic growth as well as to enhance social and emotional well-being. Conscious effort goes into balancing expectations with empathy and balancing standards with sensitivity.