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The Option
Mission & Philosophy
Building Success Through Innovation; One Student at a Time. We believe that all students have value and can be successful if given a structured and safe learning environment.

Program Objective
The option resulted from a unique partnership between USD 457 and the 25th Judicial District Youth Services during the 1999-2000 school year. The educational program is a highly structured environment designed to challenge those students that have not been successful in the traditional educational setting. 

The Option follows the USD 457 school calendar along with Finney County's observed holidays (Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents Day.) 

 Academic and Social Skills
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • P.E.
  • G.E.D. is available for older students
  • Gang issues
  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • Character Education
  • Work Skills
  • Anger Management

How Youth are Referred to the Program
Students that attend The Option are either referred through the District Student Assistance Team or placed by the court system. Students may also be referred to The Option through a long-term suspension hearing. The staff consists of two teachers and two para-professionals along with Youth Services and Area Mental Health workers.

Commitment
This educational setting is not for everyone. You must be prepared to make a commitment to this program for it to be effective. The Option has an additional $125 fee, payable to Youth Services, that cover the t-shirts, water bottles, auction items, top dog prizes, and various school supplies a student might need.

Finney County
311 N. Ninth St. | Garden City, Kansas 67846 | Ph. (620) 272-3500 | Fx. (620) 272-3599
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