Alternative Schools

Alternative Schools



Welcome to the School District of Philadelphia’s Opportunity Network: Alternative Education page! The Opportunity Network provides non-traditional educational options for out of school youth, students who are significantly at risk for dropping out, and students who are subject to disciplinary transfer or expulsion. The Opportunity Network offers several different program types, giving students a variety of options for completing their graduation requirements. We put students “Back On Track” towards high school graduation!

Each year, 1.2 million students drop out of high school. Research has shown that nearly 40% of young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are under-attached or unattached to school or work.  Being disconnected from school is even more common if that student lives in an urban setting, is from a low-income family and/or is a member of a minority group.  This segment of society, know as Opportunity Youth, is the source of unlimited economic and social potential.  Our Back on Track model focuses on preparing these ambitious students for college and career by providing high quality instruction, post-secondary bridging, social supports and skills training.

The Opportunity Network is committed to empowering ALL young people RE-ENGAGE and ADVANCE, finding college and career pathways that fit their interests and needs.  Please explore our website to discover your Pathway to Graduation!


Our Divisions

  • Multiple Pathways

    • Accelerated High School Programs
    • Educational Options Program - CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017-2018 FLYER
    • Gateway to College
    • Community-Based GED & Literacy Programs
    • Crossroads Accelerated Academy
  • Transition and Intervention

    • Transition Schools
    • Philadelphia Learning Academies (PLAs)
    • Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center


Meet Our Leader

Assistant Superintendent of the Opportunity Network:

Christina Grant

As a first generation college graduate, Christina Grant recognizes that education is the key to success and social mobility. Christina got her start in education as a public school teacher through Teach For America in Harlem, NY. She later taught at the first KIPP school in the Bronx. Christina is the past Executive Director of NYCAN, an education advocacy organization. She also served at the New York City Department of Education where she was responsible for school portfolio management. Most recently, Christina served as the founding Superintendent of the Great Oaks Foundation, a charter management organization that launches schools in communities of high need. In this role, Christina supported and coached principals, managed professional development, monitored performance evaluations and served as the external face for the organization. Christina holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the Teachers College of Columbia University, and also holds degrees from Fordham University and Hofstra University. Christina serves on the Board of Directors of Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. As Assistant Superintendent for the Opportunity Network, Christina works to ensure that Philadelphia’s students have access to an excellent education, regardless of their circumstances. 


Explored The Website But Still Have Questions?


Have questions about one of our programs? Visit our Programs and Services page.

Have questions about the Code of Student Conduct, Disciplinary Hearings or students returning from placement facilities? Visit the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.


Have questions about attendance, truancy or interventions? Visit the Office of Attendance & Truancy.