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Education Alternatives is a non-profit agency with 20 years of experience in providing services to at-risk youth.  EA offers several programs to provide youth with the necessary  credits needed to graduate from high school. Programs include: Day Treatment for youth with emotional and/or behavior difficulties, Vocational Education, and Credit Recovery programs.


  • Day Treatment
  • Special Education
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Multi-Handicapped
  • Extended School Year
  • Summer Therapeutic Camp
  • ECHO
  • Transportation


EA provides services in 8 locations in Northeast Ohio: Willoughby Hills, Painesville, Bedford, Akron/Springfield, Cuyahoga Falls, Ravenna, Brook Park and Elyria.  EA serves over 430 youth, referred from 80 school districts and charter schools and parent placement.


Education Alternatives offers several programs to provide students with the necessary educational, therapeutic, and vocational services needed to succeed. Each student that attends one of Education Alternatives’ programs deserves the opportunity to have a quality education, obtain a steady job, and succeed as an adult.


EA serves 430 students from 75 school districts and charter schools throughout Northeast Ohio in our eight schools.


“My son seems eager to work up to the next level. He is really trying hard. He always tells me about his day now and loves the teachers!”

–Parent, EA Cuyahoga Falls

My child seems to be doing the best he’s ever done in any school! I believe he is happy and healthy at EA Brook Park. Thank you.

–Parent, EA Brook Park

“My daughter has come a long way. I feel very good about what she is receiving from EA.”

–Parent, EA Bedford

Our Alternative School Programs Will Help Your Child Succeed

Education Alternatives offers alternative learning programs for students who need enhanced behavioral, emotional, and special education services. With over 20 years of experience, EA is the premiere alternative education program serving IEP students in greater northeast Ohio.

Education Alternatives operates nine campuses located throughout the Cleveland and Akron metro areas. Campuses include Akron/Springfield, Bedford, Brook Park, Elyria, Painesville, Ravenna, Cuyahoga Falls, and Willoughby Hills. Our alternative schools pair special education professionals with qualified mental health providers to teach the Ohio Department of Education’s standard curriculum to every child in an accessible way.

About Our Alternative Learning Programs

Through a constellation of services, Education Alternatives offers alternative learning programs for all students to fulfill their individual goals – from mastering math fundamentals and boosting reading skills to graduation and independent living. Our K-12 schools provide alternative education for diagnoses from autism to ADHD.

  • Through REACH Behavioral Health, EA schools also offer daily access to group therapy and provide referrals to wraparound services like psychiatry, residential treatment, and individual and family counseling.
  • The Day Treatment program is EA’s largest, with students in classes of up to 12 learning from a team of licensed teachers and mental health professionals. Combining three hours of instruction and three hours of group therapy daily, students build coping skills and practice positive behaviors while staying on track in school.
  • The Coral Autism program is an alternative learning program specifically for students on the autism spectrum. Using proven behavioral science, educators teach students in a sensory-inclusive environment.
  • The ECHO program is a credit recovery program for students who need a technology-based alternative learning program to complete graduation credits without dropping out. Students facing expulsion or who are otherwise unable to graduate at their home school earn a high school degree at a rate of over 90%. This rate is almost double that of their peers who did not receive EA’s alternative education support.
  • VisionQuest, based at EA Ravenna, is a transition program for students in high school through age 22 with moderate disabilities. With a focus on job skills and independent living, VQ offers an alternative education option for families focused on building applied skills for healthy adulthood.

A building director who is experienced in alternative education programs and alternative learning strategies oversees each building. These professionals are in contact with our clinical psychologist and education mentors daily to create dynamic, responsive education plans in partnership with districts, families, and students.

Partnering with over 80 school districts, EA is the alternative education program of choice for hundreds of education professionals, administrators, and school psychologists. They know from experience that not all alternative schools are the same. When choosing an alternative learning program, parents and professionals understand that students make the most progress when staff can deliver evidence-based interventions in a positive environment.

EA’s philosophy of Unconditional Positive Regard creates a foundation of trust with proven results.

Contact Us About Alternative Education Opportunities

To schedule a tour or learn more about alternative learning programs at EA, contact us at or call us at 216.270.6218.