To provide at-risk students with opportunities to achieve life goals


Most of our courses are delivered using the Online Edgenuity Software Program. All students are required to participate.  Completed courses become the property of the school.  No grades will be awarded until all lessons, tests, and score sheets have been turned in to the instructor.


Students can be recommended by the school counselor, by other staff, or by showing up on their own.  To be eligible, a student must be at least 16 years of age, have attempted to complete one year in the regular high school setting and have completed 10 credits.  During the regular school year applications can be acquired at the Alternative room in Case Auditorium or call 605-745-6384 for an appointment.


1) Obtain an application packet from the Alternative Academy.  Have a teacher of your choosing fill out the recommendation form and have your counselor sign off on this form.

2) Fill out the application form, answering all questions.  Bring the completed and signed packet, a copy of your transcipt and your attendance report to the Alternative Academy.  Also a copy of your driver's license and social security card or birth certificate must be on file.  Proof of household income may be required.

3) Once your completed packet is turned in, you will be scheduled for an interview.

4) If the program is an appropriate venue for diploma completion, you will be assigned a space based on availability and need.

5) Following acceptance, you will need to make an appointment with the instructors to discuss curricular needs and scheduling.

6) If you are under 18 and do not live independently, parents or guardians must be present.  All documents requested in #2 must be on record at the second appointment for acceptance into this program.

7) Records must be complete to reserve a slot on the waiting list.


7:50 am - 1:00 pm