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Alternative Profile

The Union Alternative Education Program was created to better meet the needs of Union students who have been unsuccessful in the regular education program.  Students from ninth through 12th grades are enrolled in the program housed at 5656 S. 129 E. Ave.

Welcome to Union

The Alternative School is not a punishment program. Instead, it is intended to lead students toward success in the mainstream of education through the use of innovative teaching techniques, greater access to counseling services, more individualized course study, flexible scheduling, lower student/teacher ratios (15:1 or less), and a more supportive classroom atmosphere.

The Union Alternative School started in 1995-96 with three teachers and 45 students as a school-within-the-school program at Union Intermediate High School.  A high need for services caused the school to be expanded to four teachers and 60 students for the second semester of that year.  In 1997, a separate facility was built to house the program, which expanded to serve 112 students with 7 teachers, a full-time principal, and a full-time counselor. More than 1,594 students have graduated from the program since it began.

For the 2017-2018 school year, Union Alternative School had 80 graduates.  

Union Alternative School’s success rate was better than many public schools thanks to teaching and office staff and counselors who work so diligently to give students the ability to rise above the obstacles in their lives and go into the world prepared to be successful adults.               
 
The program has consistently been designated as an exemplary alternative education program by the Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center. It has received awards from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and from the National Dropout Prevention Network.

Welcome to UnionIt has received recognition from the United States Department of Education; it has hosted groups of educators from all over the nation and from England and Taiwan when they have wanted to learn about effective practices in alternative education, and it has been cited as a national model of effective alternative education by educational writers of national renown such as Franklin Schargel, Tony Thacker and Robert Barr.

The program has consistently been designated as an exemplary alternative education program by the Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center. It has received awards from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and from the National Dropout Prevention Network. It has received recognition from the United States Department of Education; it has hosted groups of educators from all over the nation and from England and Taiwan when they have wanted to learn about effective practices in alternative education, and it has been cited as a national model of effective alternative education by educational writers of national renown such as Franklin Schargel, Tony Thacker and Robert Barr. 

Goals

The goals of the programs include:

  • A reduced drop-out rate;
  • An increase in the number of academic credits earned;
  • A decrease in the number of classes failed;
  • A reduction in absences;
  • An increase in grade point averages;
  • An improvement in criterion-referenced test scores;
  • A reduction in behavioral problems; and,
  • The approval of the program by patrons.

Experienced Teachers

Teachers are all highly experienced alternative educators who truly care about the students and always remain accessible for them. They are flexible and open-minded and recognize each student’s abilities. Everyone in the program works together to maintain a friendly, constructive atmosphere based on mutual respect. Courses are offered in language arts, math, social studies, science, life skills, and other electives. All teachers are fully certified.

Principal

Chris Ducker Chris Ducker started his career as a teacher for Union Public Schools in 2006. He was named Principal at Union Alternative School in 2015.  He had taught Algebra 1 and Geometry at Intermediate High School before taking a position as an administrative intern at the Intermediate High School in 2011. The following year, he became an Assistant Principal at Union High School where he served three years.

 Ducker received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Northeastern State University in 2006, and he received his master’s degree in school administration at Northeastern State University in 2012.  He plans to continue his education in the future, as a pursuit to be a life-long learner.

Ducker worked in the FOCUS program at Union for four years and was the 2009-2010 Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year. He also served as the 10th grade Mathematics Instructional Team Leader during the 2010-2011 school year.