The guide is based on the center’s analysis of at least 100 alternative education programs over the past 34 years. The resource is organized into five domains education leaders and policymakers can tackle for improving alternative schools. Each domain also includes several guiding questions about the types of services available and policies that apply to students in alternative schools and programs. The domains are:
- Governance, practice and policies, which include questions related to how students are referred to an alternative program, the process of returning to the home school and how the program connects to the overall district.