Bacon Academy Alternative Education Program
84 Main St.
Colchester, CT 06415
Phone: (860) 537-8912
Fax: (860) 537-8913
- Cathy Maher
- Jennifer Kutia
- James Spencer
The Bacon Academy Alternative Education Program is housed at the original 1802 Bacon Academy building on the Colchester Town Green, a location that has never been used for anything other than a school. The program is facilitated by two teachers and one social worker. The Bacon Trustees oversee the use of this facility by our public schools for the purpose of providing students with an alternative site as they work toward completion of graduation requirements.
The Mission of the Alternative Education Program is to provide academic, social, and emotional supports for students at risk of dropping out of high school. The staff of the Alternative Education Program adhere to the following beliefs:
• Education is most effective when teachers, students and parents work collaboratively to address each student's individual needs, learning style, and environmental stressors.
• Education is most effective when teachers, students and parents share a partnership where education is based upon interests and needs, discipline is derived from mutual respect and trust, and success is achieved through a shared commitment from students, parents, and teachers.
• Education is most effective in a caring learning-community where students feel safe, confident, and supported while transitioning to adulthood, setting appropriate short and long term goals, and becoming contributing members of society.
• Education is most effective when students are provided with a small teacher/student ratio, individualized instruction, flexible scheduling, and increased teacher-parent contact.