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An alternative school is an educational setting designed to accommodate educational and behavioral needs of children and adolescents that cannot be adequately addressed in a traditional school environment.
Alternative schools are established to meet the needs of children and adolescents who cannot learn effectively in a traditional school environment due to learning disabilities, certain medical conditions, or psychological and behavioral issues. In general, alternative schools have more comprehensive educational and developmental objectives than conventional schools. They often have curriculum elements that focus on improving student self-esteem, fostering growth of individuality, and enhancing social skills. Alternative schools are more flexible in their organization and administration, which allows for more variety in educational programs.