In 2002 Alta-1 was established as a not-for-profit organisation. The organisation began by delivering an Alternative Education Program that offered education, support and training to young people who were at risk of not making a successful transition through high school. Additional to the education and training was the creation a therapeutic model and course aimed at addressing the needs of young people with high-risk behaviours whilst providing education.
In 2006 Alta-1 gained registration to operate a multi-sited senior school, with curriculum endorsed by the Curriculum Council of Western Australia that is currently being delivered to over 650 students in WA. The Alta-1 Alternative Education Program is designed to meet the complex needs of high-risk young people and has a proven track record in successfully engaging with participants.
Alta-1 not only provides the practical components to this level of care, but has also implemented a Personal Recovery and Community Building course that is designed to re-engage the young people back into learning, self-reflection and community involvement. This course has also been approved by the Curriculum Council of WA allowing participants to gain credits toward the Western Australian Certificate of Education.
The educational process is heavily dependent on relationship building and requires a unique skill set of its staff.
All educational staff have significant youth/social work experience and are also registered with the Western Australian College of Education.
The Alta-1 curriculum enables a student to address personal issues that are impeding their educational and vocational development and is built around the socio-emotional continua including literacy, numeracy, personal development, beliefs and values (religion in life), vocational experience as well as site related subjects.
Alta-1 works in collaboration with the following agencies;
- Department of Education and Training
- Department for Child Protection
- Polytechnic West
- CAMHS (Child Adolescent Mental Health Service)