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Alternative Schools

Jeffco Public Schools offers a variety of non-traditional school options. Below are the schools that have programs for students that may be struggling in traditional school settings due to attendance, discipline, or other challenges.  

In addition to the schools below, there are schools that have a specific academic focus (D'Evelyn, Jeffco Open, Manning), special services for students with emotional or physical challenges (Sobesky, Fletcher Miller), virtual learning opportunities (Jeffco Virtual Academy), and more. Please see the school directory for a full listing of school options. 

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5290 W. Ohio Avenue, Lakewood, CO

Brady offers whole person development for students. The school features a low student/teacher ratio and multi-age classrooms with a goal of developing self-directed learners. The program focuses on relationships, rigor, relevance and readiness to go to the next level or into the workplace. The curriculum stresses hands-on, experiential learning. The school will promote a collaborative school, family and community partnership.


  • Grades 10 to 12 only

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Connections Learning Center

1200 Johnson Rd, Golden, CO


Connections Learning Center provides a small, structured educational setting for students in grades 6 - 8. We maintain continuity in the curriculum by following the same curriculum alignment project as the neighborhood schools. Students participate in a comprehensive service learning program that focuses on building self-esteem, empathy and communication skills. Students are referred to CLC from their current school or other school officials.


  • Grades 6-8 by referral

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13301 W. 2nd Place, Lakewood, CO


Long View High School's mission is is to provide a small, safe, and nurturing school for students who do not find success in large high schools, to educate and empower them to become caring, contributing citizens and life-long learners who think deeply and critically about issues affecting their lives, communities, the nation, and the world. The primary alternative that Long View offers is the small size which allows staff to get to know the students, their needs and their learning styles. Our small size and separate campus help to promote a strong sense of safety, belonging, and community. Our many guest speakers, hands-on activities, and weekly field experiences engage students in their learning and growth.


  • Students must be at least 16 years of age

  • Students must have at least 6 credits from their previous home high school

  • Students must apply and interview to be accepted

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13600 W 2nd Place, Lakewood, CO


McLain is the premier provider of alternative education for Jefferson County Public Schools. Whether in a classroom setting, online distance learning, or a combination of methods, we work with our students to help them achieve academic success. Smaller class sizes and innovative curricula allow us to better serve the needs of those students who have experienced difficulties in a traditional high school setting.

McLain offers several programs through its facility next to Warren Tech and Red Rocks Community College:


  • Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE)

  • Achieve Academy

  • Competency Based Learning Program (CB) - Adult Program

  • Jefferson County Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program (JCAPPP)

  • LIVE (for 9th and 10th grade students)


  • Grades 9-12
  • Students must apply


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New America School

5806 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood CO


The New America School provides new immigrants, English Language Learners, and the academically underserved with the educational tools and support they need to maximize their potential, succeed, and live the American dream. Teachers use instructional techniques including sheltered instruction, differentiation, experiential education, integrated technology, and interdisciplinary connections. Quarterly enrollment, flexible scheduling, credit recovery, summer school, and child care also help many of our students succeed. Perhaps most important, the school believes strongly in the underlying assumption that practice and preparation help to build confidence and courage.


  • Students ages 15-21
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