The history of education alternatives


A Note From Our Founder

I founded Education Alternatives more than twenty years ago, because I saw a need to open a school for students who often struggled and failed in traditional public schools.

When I was a special education teacher, I saw first-hand the difference an experienced and empathic educator can make in a student’s life. Students who were disrupting classrooms, not completing assignments,and often getting suspended would become focused and more successful when they came into my classroom. I knew it was possible for these students to succeed, so I created a place where they could.

When I opened EA, I hired and trained staff members who shared this passion and motivation to educate struggling students. Together, we have created an environment where these children can learn and thrive.

Twenty years later, EA has educated more than 3,000 students in Northeast, Ohio, and we have cheered them on in many of their graduation ceremonies.

I deeply look forward to the next 20 years as our EA team shares in the joys and challenges of educating today’s students.


Gerald Swartz
Executive Director

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