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School History

New Direction History

The Shelby County Alternative School was developed in 1990 with a central focus in reducing out-of-school suspensions and expulsions. Originally referred to as PASS (Positive Alternatives to Suspending Students), the Alternative School program was designed with the belief that students were better served by a program that kept them in school, learning both academic and social skills. The ultimate goal of the program was, and continues to be, to help change patterns of inappropriate behavior by promoting academic success and sound decision-making skills. In August 2013, the Shelby County Board of Education approved the name New Direction for the Shelby County Alternative School.