Bayfront Alternative Education Program
The Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP) is a partnership between Erie’s Public Schools, the Bayfront Maritime Center, and Sarah Reed Children’s Center.
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
Exciting STEM Projects
The Bayfront Alternative Education Program is the recipient of the $47,052 PA Dept of Education “Promising Strategies Grant” which has provided technology, academic enhancement and assessment, career exploration tools and vocational STEM related equipment for the students.
Other equipment new for this year includes a Canon Powershot Camera, a Canon Camcorder, and video editing software to begin learning video and video editing while documenting some of the school’s activities.
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 a grant from Erie Arts and Culture.
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.