About us

About the program:

The EDCO Youth Alternative is an alternative high school program which offers a supportive environment for students who are Boston residents by emphasizing the importance of working individually with students to help them grow and meet their education and career goals. EDCO staff believes that given the right setting and enough time, students can learn valuable life lessons and experience positive change.

Our program links school and work sites to enable students to earn academic credit for completed courses as well as real-world learning experiences. Students at EDCO take part in small, structured classes in required high school subjects (English, Math, Science, History, Post-Secondary Transition) leading to a Boston Public School diploma.

The EDCO Youth Alternative has a tradition of caring for and respecting its students. Students are encouraged to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. All members of the EDCO community (staff and students) should expect to feel safe and should expect that their person, beliefs, and opinions will be respected. EDCO staff and students are expected to contribute to creating an atmosphere of trust.

The EDCO Youth Alternative has a 40-year track record of serving youth who have struggled in traditional settings, making it one of the longest-standing alternative education and school-to-career (STC) programs in the nation. EDCO has the capacity to support and empower youth to achieve their educational and career goals.