ROE 53

ROE 53 Alternative Education Programs

110 Fandel Road
Germantown Hills, Illinois  61548

309-383-3002 Phone

​ROE53 Alternative Education Programs

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide a safe and positive learning environment that will improve students' social, behavioral, and academic success. Our programs provide opportunities for growth through individualized teaching, mentoring, and support. By focusing on respect, communication, and mindfulness, it is our hope for students that they leave our doors with a better understanding of the world around them, the tools necessary to achieve their goals and dreams, and be positive leaders in their communities.

ROE53 Alternative Programs
Program Descriptions
Safe School and Academy


The Regional Safe School Program (RSSP) serves expulsion-eligible or eligible students with multiple suspensions in grades 6-12. The statewide program began serving Illinois students in FY97 as established by Illinois School Code providing a system of alternative education programs for disruptive students.  The purpose of RSSP is twofold: 1) to increase safety and promote the learning environment in schools and 2) to meet the particular educational needs of disruptive students more appropriately and individually in alternative educational environments.
The RSSP has a set of guidelines, based upon best practices for alternative programs and requires each student has an Alternative Education Plan (AEP). Positive outcomes include: reduction in disruptive behavior, regular attendance, coursework completion and credit received advancement in grade level, return to home school, or grammar or high school graduation.  All students are required to comply with program rules and code of conduct. 
The Academy serves students in grades 9-12 who are at risk of dropping out or not suited to traditional programs in home high schools.  High Schools within ROE 53 initiate referrals for students and collaborate with administration regarding graduation course plans.  This program is based on online courses in addition to classroom teachers providing small group and individualized instruction support.   Students must be recommended by their home high school and there is a semester tuition fee.  Students with Special Education needs are not permitted in the program.
The Illinois School Code authorizes the Illinois State Board of Education to provide grants for the establishment of Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP), which funds the County Truancy Officer and the Academy.  Each student accepted in the Academy has an Individual Optional Education Plan and positive outcomes are identified and monitored.