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At-Risk Programs

Ames Middle School ALP

The Alternative Learning Program (ALP) at Ames Middle School offers supplemental instruction for students who can benefit from additional learning opportunities focused on reading and mathematics. Classroom teachers and ALP teachers collaborate to select students for the program. Four certified staff members work with students to improve academic skills and strategies, and help students complete school work and prepare for success at the high school level.

Contact: Jeremie Knutson.   | 515-268-2414 |

Ames High School ALP

Ames High School ALP provides a learning environment where students find success in all academic areas. Classroom teachers and ALP teachers collaborate to select students for the program based on specific criteria. Six certified staff members work with the selected students to assist them with course completion, credit recovery and career planning. Students also have the opportunity to access the Academic Support Center where they receive additional assistance with Ames High School coursework.

Contact: Sonja Hayes | 515-817-0600 |  

Juvenile Court School Liaisons are staff who work under cooperative arrangements between the Ames Community School District and the Juvenile Court. They provide intensive involvement with at-risk and delinquent youth, they promote important collaboration between schools and the juvenile court and they have access to additional resources through the Court. The school setting provides the opportunity for Juvenile Court School Liaisons to build personal relationship with youth day-to-day.

Examples of Juvenile Court School Liaisons’ duties:

  • Working with the Juvenile Court Officer to supervise students who are on probation
  • Working with individual students who have been identified as at-risk, providing prevention services and linking them and their families with resources in the community
  • Working to reduce truancy
  • Responding to disruptive behavior in the classroom so all students can learn better

Ames High School Contact: Jacque Burkhart | 515-817-0603 |

Ames Middle School Contact: Ellyn Grimm | 515-268-2400 |



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