1310 Lyon Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 231-6904
Richland District One’s Alternative Education Department supports learners across all educational spectrums. The department is comprised of offices, programs and schools designed to meet the needs of students who may not be succeeding in traditional school settings. Educational services available include the Olympia Learning Center; a school site for students 6-12, EXCEL Academy; an 8-12 on-line virtual school curriculum, Evening High School which operates after the regular school day and Homebound Services for students unable to attend due to illness.
The Director also supervises the District’s Hearing Office, which conducts expulsion hearings resulting from negative student behavior, and the Office of Dropout Prevention tasked with monitoring student attendance, discipline and academic progress. All of these programs and schools are intended to address the academic, social and emotional needs of students with a specific focus on reducing the potential for dropping out of school.
The mission of the Alternative Education Department is to assist students in achieving the knowledge and skills to reach their highest potential as adults through individual, flexible and structured educational programs that foster lifelong learning.
Alternative Educational Goals are:
- Improve Academic Achievement
- Increase High School Graduation Rate
- Develop Academic, Attendance and Behavioral Monitoring Systems
- Expose Students to Future Educational, Career and Technical Opportunities
- Provide a Safe, Inclusive and Accepting Environment
- Hire and Retain Exemplary Staff
- Provide Staff Development that Supports the Mission of Alternative Education
- Create a “Family” Environment of Student Supports in all Programs
- Ensure Community and Family Involvement
The following divisions are under the supervision of the Alternative Education Department: