Alternative Education

Mark Mortarelli
Alternative Education Department Head

Phone: 508-647-6606
Email: mmortarelli@natickps.org


The Natick Alternative Education Center provides for the educational and emotional needs of those students who benefit from a supportive, structured alternative educational environment in order to make effective progress towards the ultimate goal of earning a high school diploma.

The educational and emotional needs of each student is the impetus for determining an individualized program for each student.


General Program Goals

  • To provide its students educational and support services as they progress towards graduation.
  • To assist students in making school a positive and productive experience, enabling them to transfer knowledge, behaviors and attitudes to their lives beyond high school.
  • To provide a supportive, yet structured environment where the educational and emotional climate is one of growth.
  • To educate students about the knowledge, behaviors and attitudes required for success in the world of work.


Possible Student Profile

  • Ineffective school progress due to learning, behavioral, emotional or psychiatric disability.
  • Academic failure due to behavioral issues, attendance problems and an inability or unwillingness to engage in class work.
  • Possible history of psychiatric hospitalizations, residential treatment, foster care and/or substance abuse treatment.
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