Alternative Schools

YMCA Triad Alternative Program

Triad (Sarasota and Venice campuses)


School Calendar: 9-month and Summer School 

The YMCA Triad Alternative Program is a cooperative community program that provides alternative education to students who have committed an expellable offense in Sarasota County District Schools. The program provides a caring and supportive environment that is guided by the Core Values of the Y: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Students are provided an academic setting that integrates remedial, differentiated, enriched instruction, and a behavior modification foundation. In addition, students receive individual, group and crisis counseling, Adventure Based Counseling, grief/loss counseling, Substance Abuse education, and the opportunity to obtain mentors through the Y Mentor Program and Big Brothers and Sisters Program. 

Upon entry into the program, a Service Plan is developed that addresses the individual academic and behavior needs of the student. Students are responsible for setting monthly goals and making progress in the program as evidenced by moving up in the rank system. Upon successful completion of the program, students begin the process of re-entry to school, vocational training, college, or employment.  

Student Profile
Student Ages: 11-18
Grades: 6-12
Number of Students: 119

Areas of special emphasis are:

  • Behavior Modification foundation 
  • Individualized Service Plans 
  • Licensed Mental Health counselors
  • Certified teachers
  • Academic setting that integrates remedial, differentiated, and enriched instruction
  • Dual-enrollment with Sarasota County Technical Institute
  • Low student/staff ratio (9/1)
  • Adventure Based Counseling
  • Random Drug Testing and Searches
  • Y Mentors
  • Grief/loss counseling provided by Tidewell
  • A welcoming and supportive environment for students and parents/guardians


Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor

Miriam Blosser, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157

School Health Services
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County
Karen McCormick, Supervisor
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Dr. Dawn Clayton, Supervisor

Karen Frantz, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor

Tracey Cardenas, Program Manager
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32247

Tamika Herring-Snead, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34330

Staff Listing

4/20/2018 - District Instructional Staff Meeting CANCELLED due to FSA Testing

4/24/2018 - Charter Applicant Interviews with CRC

4/26/2018 - Charter Review Committee

4/26/2018 - KG Roundup

4/26/2018 - KG Roundup

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