Loudoun County Public Schools
Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary
407 E.Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176
Douglass Alternative Education Center
High School 3.5 x 4 Program
This is the largest program at Douglass. It offers a personalized environment with a maximum of 15 students per class. Students take three 85-minute classes and one 45-minute class and can earn seven credits in a school year. A variety of credit and non-credit classes are in the 45-minute block. Support classes include: SOL prep, EL support, writing center and subject-specific study halls.
The Academy Program – Credit Recovery (part of the 3.5 x 4 program)
Four teachers provide credit recovery opportunities for students in the CORE subject areas during the 45-minute class. The program follows the LCPS summer school model. Students who have failed a class and need to retake it are eligible to be in this program. The goal is for students to be able to expedite their credit earnings. Focus groups for the Academy Program are older EL students and students who did not graduate in June and only need a couple of courses to finish.
Referrals come from home school counselors and placement is voluntary.
Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) Program
Prepares students, ages 16 to 18, for the Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam. Emphasis is placed on the basic academic skills preparation needed to pass the GED exam, career assessment and exploration, and development of work readiness skills. Students come and go throughout the year in this program. Over the course of the year, the program usually serves about 50 students, with a maximum of 15 students at a time. In 2018, the division approved the expansion of the program to include instruction for students preparing to take the Spanish version of the GED.
Pearson VUE Testing Center is now located at Douglass,allowing for easy access for students to take the GED after completion of the ISAEP program.
Middle School Alternative Education Program
The Douglass middle school classes are located in the portable unit behind the building. Students struggling within the traditional school setting often find success in this individualized setting. This is both a voluntary and an involuntary program. Class sizes range from four to ten students.
Independent Learning Center (ILC)
Two online learning labs staffed with teachers and assistants make up a supportive, closely monitored, educational environment. Online courses provide an alternative way for students to complete coursework for some or all of their classes. This is self-paced with encouragement from the teachers, and students can earn extra credits, if motivated.
Substance Use Education (SUE) Program and Class
Students from the high and middle schools who violate the LCPS drug policy are assigned to ten days at Douglass; seven days in the classroom for academic work and three days in the SUE class receiving substance use education and assessment from division social workers.
Extended Learning Opportunities
Douglass’ programs already provide extended learning opportunities. In addition to what was previously stated, Douglass has SOL instruction embedded into the courses. The following are a few of the tools used in the classrooms:
Areas of Strength
School Environment Summary
Areas for Growth
School Environment Summary