THE ECHO PROGRAM

Overview

ECHO is an alternative to EA’s Day Treatment Program for youth who have been suspended from their public school or in lieu of expulsion.  The program is also for youth in need of credit recovery for graduation.  ECHO is a blended learning model using both computer based instruction provided by COMPASS Learning and individual instruction.

ECHO students may also be part of REACH Counseling for therapeutic supports and individual counseling.

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The ECHO program has been a reliable option for districts to place students in lieu of suspension or expulsion by giving them an opportunity toward a second change. In fact, over 95% of students who used ECHO in lieu of suspension or expulsion earned a high school diploma in time for graduation. 

ECHO primarily provides services to students in grades 9-12 but can accommodate students in junior high as well. Most students that attend have individualized Education Programs (IEPs), but this is not a requirement.

ECHO classrooms consist of several computer stations and small-group workstations. It is staffed by an intervention specialist and tutors. This blended environment of technology and staff allows students to work at their own pace and receive one-on-one support when needed.

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Personal & Flexible

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ECHO allows students to work in a classroom setting up to 6 hours/day with the flexibility to work at home or from a distance. Sessions are divided into two 3-hour blocks to support students with jobs or in vocational training programs.

Students can set a pace that works for them so they can work faster than in a traditional classroom setting allowing them to recover credits for on-time graduation.