ALLPS Center Prepares Students for Life After High School

Center helps keep students in school

Posted: December 27, 2012 at 2:14 a.m.

Halen Auxier, an 18-year-old senior at Fayetteville High School, left, gets a hand from guitar instructor Andrew Milburn on Dec. 13 at the ALLPS Center in Fayetteville.

Ellie Spoering probably wouldn’t be in school today were it not for an alternative education program in the Fayetteville School District.

At A Glance

What They Say

ALLPS students last year were asked to answer a questionnaire to aid in the preparation of a presentation by Jon Gheen, ALLPS director, at the National Alternative Education Conference. Here are some of their comments:

-“I love being part of the ALLPS community because I come to school everyday knowing that all my teachers are there for me whenever I need anything.”

-“It’s not just a school, it’s a place that I can be myself and not worry about what other people think or say.”

-“ALLPS is a school of opportunity.”

-“My teachers help me stay focused on my goal to graduate and stay on task in class.”

-“ALLPS to me is saying, ‘There is another chance. Please take it. We want to help you succeed.’”

The Beginning

Uptown School was started in 1972 by retired teacher Martha Agee and the late Carmen Lierly. They are the namesakes for the ALLPS center. Uptown was the first alternative school in the state and aimed to educate teenagers who had dropped out of school or were in danger of dropping out.

Source: Staff Report

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