Alternative to Out of School Suspension (ALTOSS)
The Alternative to Out-of-School Suspension Program (ALTOSS) is open to Martin County middle and high school students who have been suspended from school. ALTOSS provides a safe, structured, and educational experience for your child during their suspension. Our goal is to give you peace of mind while providing an opportunity for growth for your child.
ALTOSS has been proven to be effective in decreasing repeat suspensions by using targeted activities to increase the student’s awareness of the importance of positive character, relationships, respect, and cooperation. For 15 years, we have consistently reduced the number of repeat suspensions by 40%.
Since 1999 we have helped families and adolescent students experiencing difficulties in school to gain the stability and strength to interact positively in their daily environment. The ALTOSS Program helps students keep up with their school work while suspended, and develop the skills to cope with their individual situations.
The ALTOSS program provides services in collaboration with the East Stuart Youth Initiative, which includes the City of Stuart’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Stuart Police. Parents must provide transportation to and from the program, and provide a bag lunch. Students attending the program may be able to have their absence considered an “excused absence” by their school.
The program ends at 4:00 p.m. However, the East Stuart Youth Initiative offers after hour activities in extenuating circumstances.
Provided by a licensed mental health professional, students participate in group sessions to identify the reason behind their suspension and develop alternative actions for the future in order to reduce the likelihood of a repeat suspension.
Students learn to build a positive self-image and gain respect for others through service based projects. Participants use this time to “give back” to their community.
One of the ways students are taught to build a positive self-image and gain self-respect is by giving back to their community. Under staff supervision, ALTOSS participants spend a portion of each day interacting with and helping younger students in the East Stuart Youth Initiative.