"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."
~ Douglas MacArthur
At ACAS, our staff members do whatever it takes to get the job done! We appreciate all that our staff does for our school and our students. Thank you for all that you do!
Thank you, Mr. Fraser, for helping to get our campus ready for the first day of school!
Thank you, Ms. Gilreath, for initiating and organizing our two weekend campus clean-ups with Anderson University Students!
Thank you, Sgt. McCullough, for giving up one of your evenings to gather community members to till and prepare our garden for its fall planting!
"Alternative Education: Setting a Trend, Breaking a Trend."
On January 10th, 2017, Mr. Randolph Dillingham and Sgt. Rodney McCullough were invited by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University to take part in a webcast showcasing ACAS. We are very proud to participate with such an important community working toward drop-out prevention. Among the topics discussed were: involving communities in the school, providing wraparound counseling services, modeling expected behaviors, and breaking the pattern of self-limiting behaviors. If you would like to watch the webcast, please click on the link below.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Men at Work...mentoring our young males to give them the tools that they will need to grow into productive men.
The ACAS Men at Work program members were invited by the City of Anderson's Mayor, Terence Roberts, to attend his annual Martin Luther King, JR breakfast. For more information about the Men at Work program, please click on the above picture.
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." -Albert Schweitzer
In the 2015-2016 school year, Mr. Wayne Croft wrote a grant, The Home Depot's Toolbox Grant, and was awarded $5000 to use toward a neighborhood beautification project. The grant was titled, "Crack House to Green Space," and that is exactly what we are doing. The school purchased a well-known drug house on the corner of Cherry and East Whitner and began demolition immediately. That space has been cleared and was waiting for this next phase. In conjunction with the City of Anderson, the plans are in play! Councilmen Tony Stewart has donated and provided trees as well as helped us acquire fill dirt, which was delivered by Supervisor Larry Morris. Clemson's Botanical Gardens has donated a few hundred dollars worth of shrubs, plants, vegetation, and trees to go into a master plan designed by Clemson graduate student, Allison Kelly, who now works for Clemson's Botanical Gardens. The Lowe's Toolbox Grant award will be used to purchase more vegetation, flowers, benches, and materials to create a walking path in an effort to make this part of Anderson a little more beautiful. Thank you to Mr. Croft and his students for giving back to this community!
"Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything, and it can always speak, even without making a sound, to another soul." ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
ACAS students will be able to participate in an eight-week program at Hearts in Harmony, working with horses and their trainers. Relationships are essential, therefore Hearts in Harmony seeks to empower and equip individuals, families and groups to discover their unique potential and strength. Horses provide a mirror for self-revelation and increased perspective by offering a variety of creative problem solving scenarios, providing a unique and life changing experience filled with relationship building, leadership skills and creative problem solving opportunities in a Christ centered environment. Horses give honest feedback with no judgement or ego. They respond to what the human’s body language and internal energy are communicating to them.
"To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow." ~Audrey Hepburn
In the 2015-2016 school year, Sgt.
Rodney McCullough obtained a grant from The Home Depot to plant our first ever
vegetable garden! Home Depot supplied seeds, other supplies, and expert
gardening advice for this first-ever vegetable gardening endeavor. Our harvests
were bountiful from our spring planting.
In order to get ready for our fall planting, we have
received some much needed, volunteer assistance to till our garden spot, thanks
to Sgt. McCullough, Mr. Jimmy Sims and Mr. Larry Morris.
The staff from The Home Depot volunteered to bring seeds and
work side-by-side with our students to plant our fall seeds. Students, under
the supervision of Sgt. McCullough and Mr. Croft, are responsible for
maintaining, weeding, hoeing, and watering the garden.
"Love cannot remain by itself — it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service."
- Mother Teresa
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, thirteen Anderson University students gave the Anderson County Alternative School four hours of their time to help clean up our campus. AU students and ACAS staff worked together under the direction of Wayne Croft and Cathy Gilreath to weed the butterfly garden, pull weeds from cracks in the concrete, mow the lawn, weed eat, leaf blow, and power wash decks and benches. All Anderson University students are required to complete a set amount of community service hours as part of their overall education at AU. The staff and students at ACAS appreciate all of the hard work these students completed in order to help make our campus shine!
Emergency Situations Parent Information: The following document is for parents and guardians in case of an emergency at Anderson County Alternative School.
School and Childcare Exclusion List: This brochure lists the illnesses for which a child must be kept out of school or childcare. It tells you if your child needs a doctor's note or medical treatment to come back to school or childcare after certain illnesses. Click on the icon below to access the brochure.
Please review the student handbook for important dates, an understanding of our school philosophy and procedures, as well as contact information for communicating with your child’s teachers.
In order for all of our students to be successful, we believe it is vital to have open communication between home and school. If you have a question or concern, please don’t hesitate to call or email school personnel.
Wish to learn more about your child’s teachers? Visit their classroom webpages! You can do this by using the drop-down menu, Classroom Pages, at the top of our school’s website.
Don’t forget to memorize your Six Love and Logic Principles and The Four Promises…you never know when the next pop quiz will happen!
We are always looking for next month’s student of the month candidates! Any staff member at ACAS can make a nomination.