Alternative Education & Center-based Programs

Alternative Education

The Southeast Nebraska Alternative Program (SNAP) combines resources and supports through an inter-local agreement between the participating school district and ESU 5.  There are two site locations: East is located in Beatrice, West is located in Hebron.

A student may qualify for participation in SNAP if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • Must be 16 years of age

  • Lost credit due to attendance issues

  • Failed two or more core subjects

  • Experiencing serious personal, emotional or medical issues, and/or

  • Persistently inappropriate in the regular school environment.

SNAP utilizes a combination of interventions and strategies to ensure every student has an opportunity to reach their full potential.  The academic day provides a varied setting between a more relaxed environment while still focusing on academics.

The placement team at the school district will determine if the program is the best interest of the student.  Contact your school district for additional information regarding qualification for participation.

Center-Based Programs

Educational Service Unit No 5 offers center-based Spanish and Chinese learning opportunities for schools within ESU 5 boundaries and beyond.  In these classes, the teachers reside at ESU 5 and provide class via distance learning systems.

ESU 5 is currently in its 16th year of providing a variety of interactive distance learning opportunities to school districts through the use of desktop videoconferencing systems.

World Language Program

The High School World Language program was developed after a number of districts in our region discussed the need for additional foreign language offerings, after the inability to hire a full-time foreign language teacher.

ESU 5 partnered with the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to bring teachers from China to the United States to provide instruction for High School Chinese courses.  Participating schools in this program can receive Level I, Level II or Level III in High School Chinese. Classes occur daily and meet college requirements for two years of World Language.

Similar to the Chinese program, ESU 5 hired a teacher to provide High School Spanish courses to participating schools districts.  Participating schools in this program can receive Level I, Level II or Level III in High School Spanish. Classes occur daily and meet college requirements for two years of World Language.

Contact Dr. Nick Ziegler for additional information.  
Email: nziegler@esu5.org


 

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