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The purpose of McDowell County Schools i2i (Inspire to Innovate) after school program, is to provide high-interest, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, while emphasizing a growth mind-set and connecting school to community careers. The i2i program will not stop with engaging activities; it will include tutoring  and opportunities for parents and community. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the gravity games (, Google Computer Science Programs, 4-H robotics, and embryology!  The i2i program will run Monday-Friday for 6-8th-grade students at our middle schools! This program is FREE! In order for your student to participate, please fill out the application and turn it into the main office. If you are interested in volunteering we would be happy to have you, please fill out the volunteer application. 
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Upcoming Events
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Welcome to the Alternative Education Center

Parent Teacher Conferences
March the 5th from 3:00-5:30 will be Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Please stop in and meet with your student's teachers.

on Friday, March 6


Dental Screening

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Good dental health has a positive effect on a student’s ability to learn.  It is also important for their overall health.  As part of our regular school preventive dental health program, dental screenings will be conducted for AEC students in the next few weeks. Phyllis Davis, RDH, Public Health Dental Hygienist with the NC Oral Health Section will conduct the screenings. She will use gloves and a flashlight during the dental screening.

A form letter will be sent home to show the results of your child’s screening.  
Cap and Gown
Graduation will be here soon!
Cap and Gown Money is due to the office.
Senior Pictures will be taken April 28, 2015
Transportation will be provided to Eckenrod for pictures.

We Are The AEC

Service Dog
Check out the McDowell News article about Velvet!
CFNC Transcript Link

Congratulations to Brooke and Jonah,

MAEC Queen and King!

Senior Video

Food Bank

Since August of 2009, our school has maintained a food distribution center through the Manna Food Bank of Asheville. Twice a month, our students coupled with McDowell High School students, and community volunteers distribute food. A brief application is given on site. This income-based service is available to all qualifying McDowell County residents. We welcome the community to share in the joy by giving monetarily to the food bank. For more info call 652-1040.

Alternative Learning Center

The ALC is the high school portion of the AEC . . .

Students enter our school for a variety of reasons, one of which is the atmosphere a small school affords. Here, students have the chance to turn life around academically and behaviorally as we endeavor to foster their abilities and maximize their potential. Our mission is to graduate competent young adults who are ready to enter the workforce or a 2 year college program. We challenge our students to succeed through wise choices and forward thinking! 

The Leap Program is the accelerated part of the ALC for moving students from below grade level to at grade level. . .
Students enter Leap as 9th graders via an application and interview process. High emphasis is placed on the students' commitment to catching up academically and entering a high school environment through hard work. After a successful year in Leap, students will be promoted to the 10th grade. The staff focuses its attention on meeting the requirements for high school graduation and transitioning into the high school environment.
Phoenix Academy

The Phoenix Academy is the middle school portion of the AEC. . .

Providing small class sizes and caring hearts, we seek to guide students up from the ashes of life's difficulties and watch as they soar above circumstances. Students come from a variety of backgrounds but all with the same shared goal, "To make wise life decisions and attaining a quality education by meeting our fullest academic potential."

In Phoenix Acdademy, students feel like they matter and staff strives to treat them as the adult citizens of our society they soon will become.
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