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 Alternative High School Programs (Grades 9-12)

STARS and Cortland Alternative School offer positive and practical educational environments to high school students leading to a high school Regents diploma.  These schools provide an educational setting with low staff-to-student ratios, individualized connections between students and staff, rigorous academic offerings, social emotional learning support, and a focus on 21st century skills. 

  • For more information on referral & enrollment procedures, click here.
Cortland Alternative School

Joshua Martin, Principal
250 Port Watson St.
Cortland, NY 13045
P: (607) 758-9564



Karen Quill, Principal - STARS Alternative High School and Choices
6820 Thompson Road
Syracuse, NY 13221
P: (315) 431-8542

 New Tech Programs (Grades 9-12)

At Innovation Tech and Seven Valleys New Tech Academy, students are engaged in authentic, rigorous learning and meaningful collaboration through a project based learning model of instruction.  Both schools offer low staff-to-student ratios, providing close connections and individualized learning opportunities leading to a high school Regents diploma.  As part of the New Tech Network, Innovation Tech and Seven Valleys successfully collaborate with schools around the country to provide a research-driven approach to education.

  • For more information on referral & enrollment procedures, click here.
Innovation Tech

Stephanie Critelli-Locke, Principal
6075 East Molloy Rd.
Syracuse, NY  13211
P: (315) 453-4473

Seven Valleys Academy

Amy Drumluk, Principal
240 Port Watson Street
Cortland, NY  13045
P: (607) 758-5130

 Reach Program (Grades 7-8)

The Reach Program provides 7th and 8th grade students with a rigorous, personalized education experience designed to prepare them for success at the high school level. The program builds student academic skills through a hands-on and problem solving approach.  Instruction focuses on critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, thereby helping students to develop 21st century skills.  A low staff-to-student ratio allows for community and relationship building, supporting social emotional learning needs.

Dustin Bush, Assistant Principal - Reach, Alternative to Homebound, and Futures
P: (315) 453-4660

 High School Equivalency (TASC)

The High School Equivalency/TASC Program is designed to serve students who meet the eligibility requirements as described in Section 100.7 of the Commissioner's Regulations. The half-day program is offered at the Thompson Road Campus in Syracuse and the Cortlandville McEvoy Campus.

Students transfer from their high school for morning or afternoon sessions at the Thompson Road or the Cortlandville McEvoy campus for 15 hours of rigorous, standards-based instruction per week.  In addition to preparation for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), time is devoted to career exploration, job readiness skills, counseling, social skills, coping skills, and problem-solving skills. 

Onondaga County
Emily Behan, Assistant Director of CTE 
and Innovative Education

P: (315) 431-8587

Cortland County
Joshua Martin, Principal

P: (607) 758-9564

 CHOICES (Half-Day Program)

CHOICES is a half-day program which provides students educational opportunities to remain current with academic progress.  Student referrals include those who may be on a Regents track but only need a short-term intervention prior to returning to the home district, or who are pursuing TASC but have not turned sixteen years old prior to July 1. 

CHOICES is located at the Thompson Road Campus in Syracuse.

Onondaga County
Karen Quill, Principal - STARS Alternative High School and Choices
P: (315) 431-8542

 Alternative to Homebound

The Alternative to Homebound Program is designed for students as an alternative to long-term, out-of-school suspensions. This program provides a small teacher-student ratio. Classroom instruction is offered in the four core content areas, including required science laboratory minutes, as well as physical education and Spanish.  It is recommended that districts place students in the program for a minimum of five weeks.  Student departure from the program should coincide with the end of a marking period or semester.

Find more here about the Alternative to Homebound Program staff.

Dustin Bush, Assistant Principal - Reach, Alternative to Homebound, and Futures
P: (315) 453-4660

Jennifer Robb, School Social Worker 
P: (315) 451-1061