The Valley Collaborative Alternative High School
The Valley Collaborative Alternative High School site is a small therapeutic school that assists students with their social, emotional, behavioral, and/or academic needs. Typically, students enrolled in our Alternative High School have been challenged in a traditional public school setting. The site utilizes concepts that hold students responsible for their actions through natural consequences. The site operates by building a trusting, structured, and safe therapeutic environment that allows students to give and receive productive peer group feedback. The site also incorporates Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports to create an environment where students focus on positive reinforcement to help foster appropriate behavior. Staff and peers encourage students to make positive choices; by teaching social skills, coping strategies and modeling throughout the school day to aid with both academic and emotional issues. Students have access to SLP, OT, PT and social work services as indicated on their IEP. The Alternative High School site curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core Standards. Small class sizes, the use of technology, interactive projects, differentiated instruction and experienced staff help to engage and motivate students. To assist students in passing the MCAS, a preparation class is offered weekly along with the information that is woven into the core classes. The site also offers a wide variety of electives, health topics, and educational field trips to support the curriculum. A directed study is offered on academic days to assist in organizing materials, finishing assignments, completing homework and accessing staff for extra support. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Outdoor Education, Community Service, Transitional Services, Middlesex Community College Dual Enrollment and Internships.
Valley Collaborative’s Alternative High School Site develops transitional skills for students who are interested in going to college and for those going directly into the work force. College preparation classes include exploring post–graduation schools, college tours, assistance throughout the application and financial aid process, and access to the guidance counselor. Career Cruising, along with Vocational assessments are offered to identify possible future career paths. These are offered throughout the year and help prepare students for graduation.
Grades 9 – 12
40 Linnell Circle, Billerica, MA 01821
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
September through June, and 6 week Summer Program
Referral Process/Contact:Initial contact from SPED Director, followed by referral packet sent to :Julie Fielding, Principal40 Linnell Circle,Billerica, MA 01821 978-528-7834