Alternative Education

  • Entry

    Entrance into an Alternative Education setting is not a voluntary option for parents/students. Students are assigned placement at one of the sites through a Change of Placement Hearing. The alternative site the student is assigned is determined by residential boundaries.

    Student Profile

    • Presently in grades 6-10
    • Under the age of 16
    • Extensive in-school interventions have proven unsuccessful
    • Student displays a pattern of disruptive behavior or commits a major violation that is not a manifestation of any disability.

    Reasons Students May Not be Considered for Alternative Education

    • 16 years of age
    • Student has not received in-school interventions
    • Truancy

    Exit Criteria

    Alternative Schools release students at the end of each semester (January and June). Students are considered successful when they meet all of the following criteria:

    • Length of Assignment – Completed exiting date determined at hearing/staffing
    • Behavioral – Maintain a satisfactory behavioral record as defined by no referrals resulting in OSS for the last nine weeks
    • Attendance – No more than five (5) absences for the last nine weeks
    • Academics – Student must have no failing grades for the last nine weeks grading period
    • Parent Involvement Activities – Must be completed by the end of the last nine weeks (provided by site during orientation)

    Note: A student may be promoted to the next grade, but must still meet all Alternative School exit criteria in order to return to a traditional school. Re-entry to the traditional school is possible only after successful completion at the alternative school. The average length of stay is approximately one year.

    Transition Back to Traditional School

    When a student has met the criteria for successful completion, a letter is sent to the neighborhood school informing the school of the student’s placement/return. A “Meet and Greet” is organized to give the receiving school the opportunity to meet and discuss the student in order to ensure a successful transition back into the traditional school setting.


  • Brandon EPIC 3
    Cornelius Bobo, Principal
    Grades 6-12
    1019 N. Parsons Avenue
    Seffner, FL 33584
    (813) 651-2167

    North Tampa EPIC 3
    Mickey Boddie, Principal
    Grades 6-12
    8602 N. Armenia Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33603
    (813) 631-4426