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Alternative to Suspension (A2S) Program

Cincinnati Public Schools' Alternative to Suspension (A2S) program addresses the needs of students who exhibit chronic disruptive behavior that interferes with classroom instruction. These students are not a danger to themselves or others; however, their decisions violate the district’s Code of Conduct and require removing the students from regular schools for a brief period of time.

The removal period will range from five to 10 days, depending on what was done and the student’s progress within the A2S program.

After finishing the A2S program, students should demonstrate better skills in communication, decision-making and problem-solving. These skills will help students create positive relationships with their peers and adults. Students also should better understand the connection between their own behavior and the positive or negative consequences.

Entering the Program

A panel of teachers and administrators reviews recommendations from principals seeking to assign students to A2S. The panel considers whether school staff has exhausted its own resources to address a student’s academic, social and behavioral needs before the assignment to A2S.

The Alternative to Suspension (A2S) Program is for students in grades 4-12.  In preschool through grade 3, inappropriate behavior by students will be addressed within the school or where deemed appropriate.


Certified teachers provide classroom instruction in mathematics, language arts and the fine arts in curriculum aligned with state content standards at the student’s instructional level.

Students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are supported to complete assignments that are consistent with IEP goals.

Teachers, counselors and other staff meet with students to help them reflect on their behavior and to discuss ways to deal with future conflicts. Student also receive social-skills instruction individually and as a group.


Students must attend the A2S program every school day, with no more than one time tardy. Students must participate in classroom activities.

Dress Code

During the A2S program assignment, students are expected to wear their schools' uniform (if the student attends a uniform school).  

Program Schedule and Location

Grades 4-6 Program

  • 7:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
  • Parent/Student Orientation begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Grades 7-12 Program

  • 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Parent/Student Orientation begins promptly at 9 a.m.


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5425 Winton Ridge Lane, 45232
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