Overview: PEAK is an education-focused alternative to placement program for high-risk young people. DOP has partnered with two local high schools and two non-profit organizations to provide an intensive program that provides participants with day-long, year-round support.
Participant Age: 15-18
Participant Profile: Youth who 1) received an alternative-to-placement disposition in Family Court with the explicit order to participate in the program; or 2) face a violation of probation while assigned to DOP’s most intensive service level; or 3) face a violation of probation due to a re-arrest for a felony offense.
Details: The PEAK model features a close partnership between DOP, a DOE school with particular expertise working with high-risk students, and a community-based organization (CBO). When school is in session, PEAK will operate during regular school hours and also during the after-school and evening hours from 3:00 until 8:00 pm, five days a week. When school is in recess, PEAK will maintain a full-day schedule for seven hours. It is expected that the CBO and school partner will provide summer programming that allows participants to continue to accumulate credits. PEAK programs combine educational enrichment with therapeutic and behavioral supports.
Below is a list of PEAK schools and providers: