Model Program

Pennway Alternative Program

55985 Bittersweet Road
Mishawaka, IN 46545

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Contact Information:
Ms. Jeneen G. Conway, Ed.S.
Coordinator of Alternative Programs

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School


Grade Level


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The mission of Pennway Alternative is to provide high school programming for students on a diploma track. The Pennway staff believe that all students have the ability to learn and are worthy of dignity and respect. It is the responsibility of the staff to nurture and challenge students' creativity. The staff promotes the intellectual, social, and physical talents of all students. Students must develop the mindset of lifelong learning by following the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifelong Skills adopted by the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. The Pennway Alternative Program is a two-tiered program: a 9-10th program and an 11-12th program. As students mature and complete credits, they are expected to assume more responsibility (such as having a job in the 11-12th grade program), and more privileges (such as driving to school in the 11-12th grade program.) All course work is delivered through two software programs and many courses have required reading and writing assignments in addition to the software.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Bullying/Violence, Career Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Family/Parental Involvement

Starting Date: 2000
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school

School factors

  • School size: too small/too large
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $200,000 - $500,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

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

Social Workers
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based


Evaluation Information:

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