Model Program

Buena High School Alternative Learning Center

Buena High School
5225 E Buena School Blvd
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

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Contact Information:
Andrea Strack

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School




Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The Buena High School Alternative Learning Center offers an array of educational programs to high school students. Its mission is to reduce the number of students that drop out of school prior to graduation. The center is located on the campus of Buena High School in a new facility designed to create a college library environment. The center houses its own faculty and staff, as well as classroom space, computers, labs and meeting space. Students may choose to participate in a full alternative high school curriculum or take courses for specific credits needed to graduate from the main high school. Students can earn credits towards their AA diploma at nearby Cochise College. An individualized program is available for special needs students. The ALC targets students who have previously dropped out of school, who have demonstrated problems adjusting to a traditional classroom setting, who have scored poorly on AIMS Testing, who are pregnant and/or raising families, and who have been suspended from school. About one third of students are from minority populations. In 2007-08 the school provided services to about 268 students.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Early Childhood Education, Substance Abuse, Virtual Learning, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 2007
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts


Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


Cochise College

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level