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Alternative Education

About Our Schools

The ECOESC currently operates three alternative education schools. S.T.A.R. Alternative School is located in New Philadelphia and provides services to the school districts in the northern part of our service region. Belmont County Alternative Program (BCAP) is located in St. Clairsville to provide services to our southern school districts. Fox Run is also located in St. Clairsville and assists students who reside within Fox Run Hospital. Students within this facility are from areas around the country.

The STAR School is an East Central Ohio Educational Service Center alternative school for behavior problems or truant adolescents. The STAR School simulates a school environment, providing a structured academic program. Students are given guidance in accepting responsibilities in the areas of attendance, punctuality, participation, assigned tasks, and behavior while attending the STAR School.  Students are ages 11-21, in grades 6-12.

The core curriculum provides subjects meeting the requirements of their home school and the content standards mandated by the Ohio Department of Education. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, English, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Life Skills, and Physical Education.

Counseling is an important component in alternative education programs. Collaboration with community counseling programs such as; Southwest, Inc., Juvenile Court, Job and Family Services, COMPASS, Community Mental Health, the Tuscarawas County Health Department, The Village Network, Personal and Family Counseling, Alcohol & Drug Addiction meets this need. It works in partnership with the academic program to benefit students and families. Using a problem-solving approach, the integration of school, family, and community issues is essential to long-term behavioral change.

We provide to the student’s home school and their parents a mid-term and nine-week report card. All aspects of the reports are brought together through daily and weekly goal setting, evaluations, grades, and staff meetings. The progress report provides an opportunity to visibly see the progress the staff and students have made.

Admissions Criteria

  • Students and parents must be willing to participate in all aspects of the program.
  • High School students must demonstrate a minimum of a 4th-grade reading level.
  • Students may exhibit control problems, but cannot pose a physical threat.
  • Students must reside with parent(s) or legal guardian in the ECOESC area.

Note: If there is evidence of a substance abuse problem, concurrent treatment at another agency may be required.

Benefits of our alternative schools

  • Smaller classes
  • Personalized math and reading computer programs
  • GED prep course
  • Life-skills courses
  • Reading and math intervention
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Low student to teacher ratio
  • Vocational assessment


Edward Chanoski
Executive Director of Alternative Education
Phone: (740)-695-9773 x 8405

Belmont County Alternative Program

Jane Kalonick
Education Director

68353 Bannock Rd.
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Phone: (740) 695-7741

Fox Run Alternative School

Melissa Figlioli

67670 Traco Drive
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Phone: (740) 695-2131 x 6383

STAR Alternative School

Jason Conrad

Bryan Kosikowski
Dean of Students

1888 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
Phone: (330) 308-9129

Village Network Alternative School

Kassie Anderson

40060 National Rd.
Bethesda, Ohio 43719
Phone: (330) 308-9939 x 8591

Julia Paige Family Center

Kassie Anderson

5495 High Hill Rd.
Cambridge, Ohio 443725

Willow Branches of Healing

Kassie Anderson

329 Main St.
Pleasant City, Ohio 43722

Willow Branches of Healing – OTSEGO

Kassie Anderson

10809 Fridnship Dr.
New Concord, Ohio 43962