About Middle Settlement Academy (MSA)

  • Alternative Education Program
    The Alternative Education Program provides a comprehensive educational program for students in grades 6-12 who have not succeeded in the traditional classroom setting. There are four components that together provide a continuum of services for students at risk of dropping out of school. The goal of each program component is to provide a supportive family-like atmosphere structured to help students obtain a high school diploma and develop skills necessary to succeed in life. Students are generally referred for inappropriate behavior, poor attendance, lack of respect for authority, fighting and/or an indifference to academics. Based on the severity and complexity of the problems involved, students are assigned to the appropriate program component.
    STEPs (6:1:2) Program
    This program is designed for students whose emotional and behavioral needs require a setting that is closely supervised. Classrooms deliver academic instruction infused with a social/emotional curriculum. The program provides a management system that offers highly intensive interventions. Students are placed through a referral process and recommendation from the district’s Committee on Special Education.
    Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Program
    The TASC Program prepares students 16 to 21 years of age, who transfer from regular secondary programs, to take the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (formerly known as the GED). Students attend class a minimum of 12 hours per week to prepare for this test. Students may also be enrolled in approved Career and Technical Education courses. Parental and school district permission is required to enroll in this program.
    Alternative to Suspension Program
    The Alternative to Suspension Program (ATSP) has been designed to address the needs of students who exhibit chronic disruptive behavior that interferes with classroom instruction. These students are not a danger to themselves or to others, but have made decisions that violate the district's Code of Conduct and require removal from school for a brief period of time. The removal period may range from one to 10 days, depending on the action and the student's progress in the program.
    Regional Summer School
    OHM BOCES Regional Summer School offers an elementary component and junior/senior high programs. Junior/senior high programs include all course offerings, driver education, alternative education summer school and a Regents tutorial program to assist students in preparation for the August Regents exams. The Regional Summer School allows students to:
    • Enrich their education through additional secondary school courses;
    • Make-up work they failed or were unable to take during the regular school year;
    • Satisfy post-secondary school entrance requirements; and
    • Improve their competencies in basic skills.

    Course offerings are based on projections from participating schools. Students from participating districts may also take walk-in Regents Examinations with school district approval and proper identification.

    Angela Evans
    Coordinator of Alternative Education and Summer Programs