About Our School


1. What is A.O.E.C.?

A.O.E.C. - Alternative/Optional Education Center. It is a self-paced, computer-assisted and

student centered program with the goal to get students back on track to their correct grade

level and to graduate. The program was developed for students who have difficulty fitting in

the regular school environment due to disruptive life issues and family responsibilities.

These students are admitted through an intake interview and review of their prior academic

work. Students must be reading at the 8th grade level to be admitted and have no serious

discipline record.

2. When can I enroll?

A.O.E.C. registration for returning students for the 2018-2019 school year was done by mail-in. Registration packets were mailed to all current students in late April and accepted back April 2018 through June 2018 via Campus Parent Portal. If you missed mail-in registration, you will need to register starting August 9, 2018 before school begins via Campus Parent Portal.

Please contact the A.O.E.C. Main Office in August if you have any questions or concerns. Registration for new students when accepted to the A.O.E.C. program, should register at the Welcome Center located at: 742 W. Greenwood Ave. Waukegan, Illinois 60087. No appointment is necessary and no registration on Friday's. Families are to contact the Student Outreach Coordinator for acceptance prior to going to the Welcome Center to register.

There is open enrollment throughout the school year, but the seats available for the A.O.E.C. program fill up fast. Once the seats are filled, you will be put on a waiting list for any future openings that become available. The first step is to contact the office of Student Outreach.

If you transfer to the A.O.E.C. program from another school in the district during the school year, you must be accepted into a seat available at A.O.E.C. before you withdraw from your previous school.

3. Is there a deadline to enroll?

There is no deadline to enroll at A.O.E.C. throughout the school year, provided there is a seat available for you and you have been accepted. When seats are full, applications are taken for a waiting list.

4. When does school start?

School starts for the A.O.E.C. program the same day as the rest of the district.

The 2018-2019 School Year school begins on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

5. How much does it cost?

The 2018-2019 registration fees are:

2018-2019 School Year Grades 9-12

Mail-In (April-June) $135

Summer (until 1st day of school) $158

1st Semester $180

If you already paid a registration fee at WHS for the school year and enroll at A.O.E.C., that registration fee does apply so you are not obligated to pay twice. Registration paperwork

does, however, need to be filled out at A.O.E.C. to enroll, and you do not withdraw from your previous school until you have been accepted into an available seat in the program.

6. What are the class hours?

The A.O.E.C. Programs Schedule has two different class sessions for High School students. The class sessions are as follows:


AM SESSION: 7:30AM - 12:30PM

PM SESSION: 12:30PM - 5:30PM


AM SESSION: 7:30AM - 11:00AM

PM SESSION: 11:00AM - 2:30PM

7. Where do I go to sign up?

To apply or enroll for the A.O.E.C. program, you must go contact the Student Outreach Coordinator:

1201 N. Sheridan Rd

Waukegan, IL 60085

Phone: (224) 303-1145

Students are referred to A.O.E.C. through the Department of Student Outreach. Please contact Dr. Charmaine Harris at Charris@wps60.org.

8. What do I need to register?

Access to Campus Parent Portal

Provide Two (2) Proofs of Residency (Gas bill, Electric bill, Mortgage, Lease, Public

Aid Card)

Registration Fee

Annual Health Questionnaire (with Health and Immunization Requirements fulfilled)

All health and immunization requirements must also be completed before entering school.

9. How old do you have to be? Is there an age restriction?

Programs offered at the A.O.E.C. building are for middle school and high school students ranging from 7th to 12th grade. To apply for the A.O.E.C. program, students must be on track to graduate by 21 years of age.

10. Is there lunch?

Yes, there is hot Breakfast and Lunch available to A.O.E.C. students. It is located at the

WHS-Washington Campus cafeteria. Breakfast is available from 7:15am-7:45am, and lunch is available for the AM session students from 12:30pm-1:00pm, and for the PM session students from 12:00pm-12:30pm. Students MUST bring their IDs with them to breakfast and/or lunch!

11. Is there Saturday School?

Unfortunately, Saturday school is no longer offered.

12. What other alternative programs are available?

The A.O.E.C. building encompasses programs designed to target middle school and high school students who have not found success within the traditional school setting. Besides the A.O.E.C. program, there are several other alternative programs managed through A.O.E.C. for student placement.





13. Where is Twilight school?

Twilight school is located at A.O.E.C. Stephens Center building. School hours are Monday thru Thursday from 5:30pm-8:30pm (no class on Fridays). For further information contact A.O.E.C. at (224) 303-2860.

  1. Can I fulfill all my graduation requirements through an A.O.E.C. alternative program?

The curriculum used for most of the credit earning alternative programs at the A.O.E.C. building is on computer program called Edmentum.

14. Do I still get a diploma if I am enrolled in an alternative program?

Students that attend any of the credit earning alternative programs through the Stephens Center, such as A.O.E.C., Twilight, Ombudsman and ROE are Waukegan High School students. Students enrolled in any of these programs, upon completion of WHS graduation requirements, will receive a high school diploma that reads Waukegan High School.

15. Can I still go to prom if I am enrolled in an alternative program?

Students enrolled in any of the alternative programs through the Stephens Center building are still considered Waukegan High School students. As long as their school schedule does not conflict with the activity and they are in good standing, students can attend prom, homecoming and other dances as well as participate in clubs and interscholastic sports.

The exception for this is expelled students. Those expelled students who attend an alternative program, must still follow the rules of the expulsion and are NOT allowed on school grounds during their expulsion.

16. Are Special Ed students eligible to enroll in one of the alternative programs?

The Special Education Department has many placement options for Special Education

students. A.O.E.C., Ombudsman, Twilight, etc. with the advisement of a student's IEP and corresponding service requirements, are programs that can accommodate Special Education students.

17. Are Bilingual/ESL students eligible to enroll in one of the alternative programs?

Bilingual/ESL students level 3 and above are eligible to enroll at A.O.E.C.

18.What is the Homebound Tutoring Program? Is it done through the A.O.E.C.?

The Homebound Tutoring Program is a homebound/hospital instruction program for Waukegan students who are unable to come to school for medical or other reasons. The students involved in this program have medical certification from their doctors requiring the program. Information regarding the Homebound Tutoring Program can be found under the Homebound Tutoring tab. The Homebound Tutoring Coordinator is Dr. Charmaine Harris and she can be reached at (224) 303-1145.

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