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
This is Destiny. She attended the Bayfront Alternative Education Program from winter to early spring, completed all of her requirements, and returned to her home school. Destiny is a senior and graduated from East High School this month.
Destiny was accepted into the Archbishop Gannon Scholars Program and will be attending Gannon University in the fall majoring in Biology with plans to attend medical school. She is the first person in her family to graduate from high school, and will be the first person in her family to attend college. We are so very proud of Destiny and wish her all the best!
Thank you to our neighbors, Erie Insurance, for the generous donation to help fund our Bayfront Alternative Education Program! 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. Shown left to right; Richard Eisenberg, Executive Director, Mike Eisert, BMC Board Vice President, Ann Scott, Erie Insurance Community Outreach Manager, Dennis Williams, BMC Board Member and BAEP Site Supervisor, and Doug Boucher, BMC Board President.
Congratulations to all five of the Bayfront Alternative Education Program staff who received nominations for the 2017 Youth Work Awards: “Honoring the adults who make a difference in the lives of kids every day.” Thank you to Dennis Williams, Jane Edel, Carrie Tomczak, from Sarah Reed Children’s Center, and Rich and Amy Eisenberg, from the Bayfront Maritime Center, for your dedication and hard work. A special trophy, the “Breaking Down Barriers Award”, was presented to Dennis Williams for his willingness and his ability to approach each individual in a unique way in order to best help them achieve their goals. Great job, everyone!
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.
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- Culture of Nonviolence
- Culture of Emotional Intelligence
- Culture of Inquiry & Social Learning
- Culture of Shared Governance
- Culture of Open Communication
- Culture of Social Responsibility
- Culture of Growth and Change
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