Triad Alternative School

The Triad alternative programs have one campus in Sarasota and the other in Venice serving Southwest Florida. They are Title One, second chance schools for students who have committed an expellable offense or have been referred for behaviors that prevent them from learning in the traditional school environment.

Dear Triad Alternative School Students and Families,

This is going to be another amazing year for our students. The staff is evermore committed to providing the highest quality education possible to your children. 

As we embark upon another school year, the staff is eager to continue to grow and learn as educators and to help your children develop the skills necessary to be successful students and global citizens. Teachers, support staff, and administrators continue to deepen their understanding of each and every student on our campuses and the best practices for fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment.

The Triad Alternative Program's mission: To provide a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment. Emphasis is placed on teaching a strong work ethic and the values of personal responsibility, family, community, and educational success.

As the demands and complexities of teaching children increase, it is evident that the school and the community must work together to make certain our children reach their highest potential. We believe it is everyone's responsibility to empower children with the intellect, creativity, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, and emotionally successful and responsible adults.

With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at Triad Alternative Program. Research on parental involvement related to schools clearly demonstrates that active parent participation ensures a greater likelihood of academic success for children. Get involved by volunteering in your child's classroom and participating in special events. Stay abreast of the most up-to-date Triad news by regularly visiting this web page.

Since Triad Alternative Program is part of the Sarasota YMCA, our Core Values are:

Show sincere concern for others.

Be truthful in what you say and do.

Follow the Golden Rule.

Be accountable for your promises and actions.

Throughout the year, I look forward to meeting the newest members of our community and connecting with returning community members. 

In partnership,
D. Preston Steele, EdD
Program Director
Triad Alternative Program
Sarasota YMCA


4430 Beneva Rd., Sarasota

November 2, 2017, 10am - School Advisory Council meeting (open to Triad families) 

November 3, 2017, 9:15am - Academic Award Celebration

November 10, 2017,  9-11am - Triad Annual Fall Career Day

Helpful Links

In accordance with section 1007.35(5), Florida Statutes, each public high school, including alternative sites and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice centers, shall offer all students enrolled in grade 10 the opportunity to participate in PSAT. In addition, each school must provide a written notification to parents/guardians that includes the opportunity to exempt their child from participating. This year Sarasota High Schools will be offering the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Answers to frequently asked questions are provided in the link below.


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4430 Beneva Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34233




Federal law requires that the Sarasota County School District notify parents of all children in Title I schools of their rights to receive timely information on the professional qualification of their child’s teacher. Parents may request information about the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teacher including, at a minimum, the following:

  • Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria has been waived.  
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certificate or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

 [No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) Section 1111 (h) (6) (A)]

What This Means For all Title I schools, parents have the right to ask the school, and the school has the responsibility to let parents know about the qualifications of their child’s teacher. Please contact your school, who will respond in writing within a week. Just So You Know All paraprofessionals at Sarasota County School District Title I schools meet the state requirements for highly qualified. 100 percent of all Title I teachers meet state requirements for highly qualified. The School District will continue to have 100 percent of Title I teachers highly qualified. For More Information about Your School Obtain a copy of your SPAR (School Public Accountability Report)