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Bayfront Alternative Education Program

 

The Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP) is an innovative partnership between the Bayfront Maritime Center, the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center and the Erie’s Public Schools. The program provides effective and therapeutic learning opportunities in a safe environment for 8th-12th grade students not achieving educational success in a traditional classroom. These students are in serious risk of not graduating and suffering the subsequent lifelong consequences. These are great kids, not always easy kids, but great kids who need innovative programming and techniques to help them develop a positive sense of future and achieve success in school. The BAEP academic component is a blend of traditional and web based curriculum combined with hands-on, STEM-focused, maritime projects and activities aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education standards. Students continue their high school courses as well as experiencing BMC’s fully equipped boat shop, which allows them to work with their hands, their heads and their hearts and think on their feet. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM components, are woven into the school day using BMC’s ShopBot CNC digital fabrication equipment and Buffalo Computer Graphics 3D Maritime Training Simulator. BAEP is a Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax  Credit (EITC) approved program. Contact us to see if your business can qualify for this program and learn how your tax dollars can be used to support specific innovative educational endeavors in the community.

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Divemaster and Captain, Maritime Educator and CNC Digital Fabrication instructor, Mr. Pete, commended BAEP student, Tyra, on her exceptional computer generated design skills this month. Tyra was instrumental in the design and cutting of this logo carved into hardwood which was made for BMC’s fundraiser, Ales for Sails.  Great job, Tyra!
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BAEP students have been studying art under the direction of Artist-in-Residence,  Ron Bayuzick. Many people in the community may recognize Ron as the “Artist of the Year” selected by the Erie Arts and Culture in 2016. He was instrumental in the construction of the giant metal sculpture of the globe and horse, built on the corner  East 13th and Holland Street, Erie. We are fortunate to have such a talented artist working with our students.The Artist-in-Residence program is funded in part by Erie Arts and Culture.
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Bayfront Alternative Education Program student, Chris, displays a cigar box guitar that was built in the shop while Manny learns how to frame a subject for his art project.
Bayfront Maritime Center 1 hr · Neal Brockman from Erie Public Schools, Dennis Williams from Sarah Reed Children's Center, and Amy and Rich Eisenberg from the Bayfront Maritime Center attended the SAS (Standards Aligned Systems) Conference at the Hershey Lodge this week.

Neal Brockman from Erie Public Schools, Dennis Williams from Sarah Reed Children’s Center, and Amy and Rich Eisenberg from the Bayfront Maritime Center attended the SAS (Standards Aligned Systems) Conference at the Hershey Lodge this week. The Bayfront Alternative Education Program is the recipient of the PA Dept of Education “Promising Strategies Grant” which will provide technology, academic enhancement and assessment, career exploration tools and vocational STEM related equipment for the students.

The BMC BoatShop is a hands-on STEM classroom filled with building materials, tools, paint,and glue for students to create projects to enhance their growth and learning

The BMC BoatShop is a hands-on STEM classroom filled with building materials, tools, paint,and glue for students to create projects to enhance their growth and learning

 

 

 

The BAEP staff congratulate our new graduates.

The BAEP/Sarah Reed Children’s Center staff congratulate our new graduates. Pictured here: Mr. Williams, Ms. Fatima, Jacquille, Mr. Luke, Ms. Jessie, Ms. Carrie, Mr. Mike, Ms. Barb and Ms. Jane.

 

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Volunteer, Gene Polaski, working with students on the 3D Maritime Training Simulator

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Jacquille and his mother share a proud moment after he receives his diploma. Congratulations!

 

Our primary goal is to help students improve behaviors, develop coping skills, progress academically, and achieve success so that they can transition back to their home school. Students are referred by Erie’s Public Schools from any of the four high schools located within the district. The Bayfront Alternative Education Program is designed to help students make positive choices and to learn self-control techniques so that they can develop positive behavior at home, in school, and in the community. Classes are small and each of the rooms has a certified teacher and behavioral counselor.  Core subjects taught are English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Maritime Studies. A master’s level mental health professional provides individual and and group counseling.

Bayfront Alternative Education Program is designed to help students make positive choices and to learn self-control techniques so that they can develop positive behavior at home, in school, and in the community. Seniors who are still in the program at the end of the school year can graduate while at BMC and receive diploma from their home school. Increasing the graduation rate in the City of Erie helps create a better community.

 

 

Our students appreciate the view of the Port of Erie from the lunch room windows. Our maritime campus lies adjacent to Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, one of the largest dry docks on the Great Lakes.

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A lake freighter, the Rodger Blount, pulls in to the Holland Street Pier for the winter.

We follow the 7 Commitments of Sanctuary

  1. Culture of Nonviolence
  2. Culture of Emotional Intelligence
  3. Culture of Inquiry & Social Learning
  4. Culture of Shared Governance
  5. Culture of Open Communication
  6. Culture of Social Responsibility
  7. Culture of Growth and Change

 

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