The ECHO credit recovery high school program is a centerpiece of Education Alternatives’s programming for teens in need of an educational setting where they can work at their own pace.
THE ECHO PROGRAM
Overview of the ECHO Program, Our Credit Recovery School
About Our ECHO School
The ECHO program is an alternative to EA’s Day Treatment Program, providing students with the opportunity to earn high school credits in a small group setting, using a blended learning system.
The ECHO school day is designed as a flexible option–for students in need of credit recovery classes, for youth who have been suspended from their home public school, and as an option in lieu of student expulsion.
Students in the ECHO program, though they typically do not need the intensive services of Day Treatment programming, may be part of REACH Counseling for therapeutic supports and individual counseling alongside credit recovery classes.
ECHO primarily provides services to high school students in grades 9-12, but can accommodate students in junior high school, as well. Most students that attend have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), but this is not a requirement.
ECHO utilizes Edmentum online programming, instruction provided through a research-based design, in conjunction with teacher-led instruction. ECHO classrooms consist of several computer stations and small-group workstations, allowing for individualized teacher interventions with students.
The Edmentum credit recovery programming offers comprehensive courseware in all main subjects, grades 6-12, and provides a variety of elective course options. The digital curriculum, aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards, offers students the opportunity to progress at an individualized pace, while working toward course and credit recovery.
Benefits of Our Credit Recovery School
The ECHO school program has been a reliable option for districts to place students in lieu of suspension or expulsion by giving an opportunity for a second chance. In fact, over 90% of students who used the ECHO credit recovery program in lieu of expulsion earned a high school diploma in time for graduation.
ECHO primarily provides credit recovery services to high school students in grades 9-12, but can accommodate students in junior high school, as well. Most students that attend have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), but this is not a requirement.
ECHO school classrooms consist of several computer stations and small-group workstations. An intervention specialist and tutors staff the credit recovery high school programs. This blended environment of technology and staff allows students to work at their own pace and receive one-on-one support when needed.
Personal and Flexible
The ECHO program allows students to work in a classroom setting up to 6 hours/day with the flexibility to work at home or from a distance. Sessions are divided into two 3-hour blocks to support students with jobs or in vocational training programs.
Students can set a pace that works for them so they can work faster than in a traditional classroom setting, allowing them to complete credit recovery class in time for graduation.