SMART, Students Making a Right Turn

  •                                               8 AM-2 PM Monday-Friday 

    SMART is a voluntary program for secondary students who have been issued a long-term suspension or expulsion.

    SMART Guidelines

    • SMART is a closed campus and district rules apply.
    • SMART Program-specific rules:
      • Strict No Electronic Devices policy:  No cell phones, Ipods, game systems, earbuds, headphones, Apple watches, etc
      • Closed campus (no off-campus lunches, no lunch deliveries)
      • Backpacks are NOT allowed
      • No outside drinks allowed.  Refillable water containers only.
      • Transportation will need to be provided by students. 
    • Admission to SMART requires an intake appointment.

How does the SMART program meet my student's educational needs?

  • Students on long-term suspension will continue to remain students of the school that suspended them.  The student's teachers supply their schoolwork and/or Google classroom codes to the teacher at SMART.  The SMART staff coordinates this work and provides academic assistance. There is a certified teacher and a Special Education teacher on staff in the SMART program to ensure that the objectives are being met.

    When a student is expelled, the student remains enrolled at the school they were expelled from until their case goes before the Board of Education.  The student's teachers supply their schoolwork and/or Google classroom codes to the teacher at SMART.  The SMART staff coordinates this work and provides academic assistance.  After the board upholds their expulsion, the student can then enroll as a SMART student. This means that all of the student's courses will be provided by the SMART program. The materials used by the SMART program can include traditional teacher-made lessons and/or correspondence work from one of the district's online vendors.

    The SMART staff will make every effort to work with the courses the student is either coming out of at his/her regular school, or courses he/she might enroll in upon returning to the regular school.


Services Provided

    • A structured supervised setting for students during their expulsion.
    • Daily social skills & behavior education groups, if needed.
    • Individual sessions with an Intervention Specialist, as needed.
    • Individual sessions with school counselor as needed.
    • Weekly group counseling.
    • Individual academic instruction.
    • 504 and Special Education Accommodations and Modifications.
    • Career planning and decision making.
    • Information about community services for parents and students.
    • Transition plan for a student to return to school and assistance in completing re-admittance requirements into school.
    • Follow-up contact upon a student's return to school.
    • Behavior risk screenings.

Admission Process

Contact Information

  • Luke Meinert
    Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools
    (907) 452-2000, x11411

    Laurie Beam
    Director of Alternative Schools & Programs
    (907) 452-2000, x11452

    Val Allen
    Prevention & Intervention Specialist
    SMART Program
    (907) 452-2000, x11252

    Heidi Kristovich
    English Teacher
    SMART Program
    (907) 452-2000, x11256

    Michelle Coryell
    SMART Program
    (907) 452-2000, x11355

    William Yi
    Special Education Provider
    SMART Program
    (907) 452-2000 ext 11220                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Last Modified on March 6, 2023