Our Mission

The mission of EDCO Youth Alternative is to educate young people and guide them toward their goals of a high school diploma and a successful step beyond graduation. We seek to create a diverse community and supportive environment that empowers students to work through difficulties, learn academic and life skills, and become advocates for a promising future.

The Youth Alternative aims to provide a full academic program, extracurricular activities, counseling, and related support services to its students, who seek a more supportive environment than those offered by a large, traditional school. Students at EDCO enjoy small, accredited classes in regular high school subjects, along with a career exploration and internship experience, with the goal of attaining a BPS high school diploma.

An individualized learning plan is developed for each student to set high and attainable goals. At a minimum, these goals include the attainment of a high school diploma and a successful step beyond graduation, toward employment, college, or advanced training. The learning plan built during enrollment helps students succeed by outlining supportive personal, school, and work guidance from our instructional and student support teams.

The EDCO environment is one that emphasizes:

  • Respect for one’s self and others
  • Honesty and open communication
  • Non-violent and thoughtful resolution of difficulties
  • Embrace of individual differences
  • Value of academic, career, and life skills
  • Problem-solving, short-term and long-term planning
  • Personal responsibility for one’s own actions and progress