The Educational Alternative Outreach Program comprises of 28 centers, which serve students who are outside the mainstream of the traditional school program. The number of students enrolled in the
Outreach Program fluctuates, but averages approximately 1,200. A standard academic program is provided in each center, with the emphasis on the basic skills. Other subject areas include pre-vocational classes, art, physical
education, exceptional student education and services to English Language Learners.
The 28 centers in the Outreach Program are composed of four major types: DJJ residential and day treatment centers, drug/alcohol
rehabilitation centers, alternative programs, and shelters. Referrals to, or placement in these programs is based on the students' school adjustment problems, substance abuse, being a runaway and/or dependent, removal from the
alternative school, adjudication by the juvenile court, placement in detention while awaiting adjudication, or expulsion from all regular Miami-Dade County Public Schools and approved for the Work Back Program.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Educational Alternative Outreach Program provides a vehicle for cooperation between Community-Based Organizations and M-DCPS toward the instruction of alternative education
students.Community-Based Organizations are funded through the M-DCPS Educational Alternative Outreach Program at 95% of the FTE per school year. Some Community-Based Organizations collaborate with the Department of Juvenile
Justice and M-DCPS as mandated by the State of Florida to provide educational services to adjudicated youth. Other community-based programs collaborate with the M-DCPS Work Back program as part of the dropout prevention
initiatives for keeping students in school during expulsion periods. Still other Community-Based Organizations provide students new to our country and culture educational and support services.