• Alternative Center 

    Duplin County Schools Alternative Program

    Hello: My name is Dr. Leon Kea, Director of Dropout Prevention/ Alternative Program.



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    DCAP has an unwavering belief in the potential of our YOUNG SCHOLARS—that all scholars have the ability to learn and to succeed, that all scholars can be inspired to achieve and to attain their goals if given the confidence and competencies to do so.

    To realize this vision of guiding underperforming scholars to raise their expectations for their own school, work, and life success, we implement a six-pronged alternative education model consisting of:

    1.    Pro-Social Peer Culture

    2.    Academics

    3.    Restoration/Transition Planning

    4.    Parental Involvement & Community Outreach

    5.    Positive School Environment

    6.    Career and College Readiness

    On behalf of both our young scholars and the educational partners with whom we collaborate in the best interests of these students, we strive to hit a host of targets each and every day at our Alternative Program/Gateway site:

    • Establish safe, structured school settings that foster active engagement

    • Eliminate on-campus incidents of violence and serious misconduct

    • Apply flexible curriculums and personalized education services and programs to address individual student needs

    • Get high school dropouts back in school, truant students back in the classroom, and all students back on track to high school graduation

    • Turn at-risk youth into at-promise YOUNG SCHOLARS

    • Replace self-defeating behaviors with self-promoting behaviors

    • Create healthy peer-to-peer relationships

    • Build scholastic and socialization skills

    • Impart real-life tools and resources to produce desired outcomes in the real world

    • Cultivate respect for self and others and an appreciation for the value of education

    • Encourage community participation

    • Empower Young Scholars to help themselves by teaching them how to live responsible, productive, law-abiding lives

    • Reenergize hopes and expectations in the classroom and beyond, with a strong focus on Career and College Readiness

    • Instill a sense of purpose and place in society at large, pride in one’s abilities, and control over one’s future

    • Fulfill all student Individualized Education Program (IEP) requirements, when applicable

    • Return alternative education students to mainstream schools and classrooms as quickly as possible

Last Modified on February 16, 2021