Alternative Programs

  • Success Academy FCPS

    Designed to serve students 16 and older who are not on track to graduate and have a credit deficit, the Success Academy provides a safety net and personalized alternative for teenagers who need a nontraditional and accelerated pathway to graduate and successfully transition to college or the workforce. The vision is to re-engage these students and equip them with the skills to succeed in the classroom, the workplace, and the community.  The program, which offers sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., links students to accelerated academic development and career development. It is initially serving 50 to 60 students with a hybrid of online learning and teacher-directed instruction and flexibility in scheduling to accommodate students' work schedules, internships, career and technical training, and academic demands. The program, which is housed at 2420 Spurr Rd., operates in partnership with several community agencies.  For more info and how to apply visit

    Virtual Learning Academy

    The online learning program is designed for small number of families in FCPS who - for reasons related to their child's health or the health of others in the household - do not want to return to in-person instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Job Corps

    Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.  For more information on this alternative program, please visit .

    Nation Guard Youth Challenge Program

    The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is an evidence-based program designed to provide opportunities to adolescents who have left school before earning a high school diploma but demonstrate a desire to improve their potential for successful and productive lives. In 1993, the National Guard founded ChalleNGe after a series of studies and extensive research was conducted on how to help youth who were neither in school nor working. A voluntary, preventive program, ChalleNGe helps young people improve their self-esteem, self-confidence, life skills, education levels and employment potential. Sixteen-to-18-year-old male and female high school dropouts are eligible to apply for the 17-month program, which includes a five-month residential phase followed by a 12-month mentoring phase. Click here to find a program near you. You can also read frequently asked questions here.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Night Programs

    The ML King Academy night program is a computer based credit recovery program for students who have dropped out or are in danger of dropping out of school and only have a few credits left to earn in order to graduate.  For more information about this alternative program, please visit .

    MLK E-school Program

    Martin L. King Academy is offering this program to students who need to earn initial credits outside of their high school, to make up credits, or to finish their high school diploma outside of their high school. Students complete the course work via the internet, then report to MLK to take the final exam for the course. There is a fee for each 1/2 credit semester.  Let your counselor know if you have free or reduced lunch to determine exact fee for E-school courses. Interested students should see their counselor for eligibility criteria, available courses, and an application.  For more info please visit .

    The Learning Center

    TLC is a voluntary program and applications can be picked up from your home school.  These applications are accepted year round.  Each school can nominate up to five students who they believe can benefit from this program.  A committee then reviews the applications and determines placement based on need and suitability.  The goal of the program is to address those students who just do not fit in a traditional high school.  TLC is a project based learning environment where students will use real world applications.  Transportation is provided to and from school, and the school hours are 9am to 4:10pm. TLC info can be at ther website here.

    Opportunity Middle College

    Opportunity Middle College is a partnership between our school district and Bluegrass Community & Technical College that gives juniors and seniors a chance to take college classes while earning their high school diplomas. The application process begins during the sophomore year. This program is open to underserved youth, including low-income and first-generation college students. It is housed on the community college's Leestown campus, where FCPS students can take regular high school classes taught by district staff and have the option of taking college courses, too.

    Audrey Grevious Center

    The Audrey Grevious Center provides counseling services and an alternative academic program for youths, 13-17 years of age, who are experiencing difficulties at home, at school and/or those who are involved with the court system.  The program has four components: counseling, academics, family counseling, and parent education groups.  The program is in session year-round and follows the Fayette County School System calendar during the Fall and Spring semester.  To apply for this program please see your home school counselor.  For more information, contact (859) 246-4370.


    Per KY State Law, the minimum age to drop-out of high school is 18.  Students who have dropped out of high school can earn their GED or General Education Development, which is a high school equivalency program.  This can assist adults in increasing their wage potential, job opportunities, or allow pursuits of furthering their education.  For additional information, call the GED Connection at 1-800-538-4433.

    MLK is offering a program to students who need to earn their GED.  Students will report to MLK for 15 hours of instruction geared to assist students in passing the GED test.  Interested students should see their counselor for additional information.

    ODYSSEYWARE (credit recovery)

    This is a program where students can take a course during the school day called Credit Recovery.  In this class students are given the opportunity to re-take courses that they have failed through an online class system.  This program is not for initial credit, only for make-up credit.  Please see your counselor if you would like to take advantage of this program.

    The Stables FCPS

    The Stables is a community partnership providing a unique learning opportunity for students in grades 8-12 who thrive in a nontraditional school setting. Designed with academics in mind, the Stables also provides opportunities to gain work competencies and vocational skills. Through project-based learning and work experiences, students assume greater responsibility for their education and are inspired to be continual lifelong learners. In addition to classroom instruction, the teenagers are engaged in activities that focus on life skills such as problem solving, communication, team building, and development of positive relationships. Students may participate in the Equine-Assisted Interpersonal Skills class and shadow professionals in multiple areas of the work force. While learning about and caring for the horses, our students develop an appreciation for hard work and responsibility while building their confidence and self-esteem. They also are eligible to participate in the district's school activities. The program is housed at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope at the Kentucky Horse Park. For more info and how to apply vist

    Family Care Center FCPS

    The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s (LFUCG) Parent Education Program partners with Fayette County Public Schools to provide high school education and social services intervention to young parents and expectant youth ages 13 to 20. The students also participate in parenting and life skills classes designed to prepare them for their future as a parent and provider. For Enrollment info, please call program manager Vanna Armstrong at (859) 288-4045 to schedule an interview. Students must complete this application before the in-person meeting: Student application