Southeast Alternative

Southeast Alternative Overview

The Southeast Alternative School serves students with significant emotional and/or behavioral issues that impact their learning. The Southeast Alternative School is committed to addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of Kindergarten through 12th Grade students through a multi-tiered system of instruction and intervention. Southeast Alternative School provides educational and social-emotional learning opportunities in a small, structured environment. Southeast Alternative School offers personalized and high quality instruction to each student in accordance with their individual education plan. Instruction is geared to each student’s specific learning styles and behavioral needs. The goal of the program is to provide our students with the academic and social skills that will allow them to succeed in the educational environments of their home district or to have the necessary skills for career or college readiness should they graduate from Southeast Alternative School.  

The Southeast Alternative School program was designed to follow the guidelines set forth through the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) model.  The school-wide expectations BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, and BE RESPONSIBLE are taught and modeled on a daily basis within the school.  A behavior matrix is used to clearly define the expectations for every area of the building, including the busses.


Students are determined to be eligible for the Southeast Alternative School program through the IEP process in their home districts. SASED programs are just one option in the continuum of supports, services and placements available to meet a student’s needs.

Curriculum and Instruction

Academics: Students at Southeast Alternative School have varying levels of academic needs based primarily on the impact of their social/emotional and behavioral challenges. Southeast Alternative School provides a small classroom setting that allows the staff to address individual student needs. Each classroom team is comprised of a Certified Learning Behavior Specialist, a Certified Teacher Assistant, and is supported by a designated Social Worker. Curriculum is developed to align to the Common Core State Standards.  Academic benchmark assessments are used for Reading using curriculum-based assessment tools from Pearson’s AimsWeb R-CBM and Achieve 3000 reading comprehension. Math is assessed using AimsWeb M-COMP (computation) and M-CAP (concept application).

Social and Emotional Learning: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a fundamental research-driven approach based on the tenets of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, interpersonal skills, and responsible decision-making. SEL reaches beyond the classroom to all aspects of life such as recognizing and managing emotions, solving problems effectively and establishing positive relationships. At Southeast Alternative School students work on individualized goals aligned to the State of Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards. SEL skills are explicitly taught and practiced during intervention time within the classroom by the clinical team. The skills are integrated in academic lessons and reinforced throughout their school day. 

Transition /Vocation Planning and Services: Southeast believes all students should be 3-C (Community, Citizenship, College) ready.  All high school students meet with Transition coaches on a weekly basis.  The students are provided the opportunity to pursue academic and/or vocational supports.  The emphasis is placed on accessing appropriate community resources, as determined by the student’s individualized Transition Plan.


SASED has made more information and resources available to community members, families, district representatives and professional staff.  Guests and families can access information through the Parent Resources link at the top of this page.  SASED district administrators and professional staff can access forms and information through the MySASED portal at the top of the page.

Contact Information

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