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Welcome to VAISD's Alternative Education Program!

Meet Our New Director: Dr. James Otto


With immense excitement and dedication, I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new Director of Alternative Education at VAISD. As I embark on my 23rd year in education, I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a program that is committed to making a profound difference in the lives of our students.


Throughout my career, I have always believed in the power of education to transform lives. This belief has guided me in various roles and now brings me to this pivotal moment where we are launching our very own Alternative Education Program. Our mission is to provide the essential help and support that our students need to reconnect with their campuses and explore new opportunities that align with their unique strengths and aspirations.



Our Vision

The Alternative Education Program is designed with a student-centered approach, focusing on:

  • Personalized Support: Tailoring educational experiences to meet individual needs.
  • Reintegration: Assisting students in successfully returning to their regular campus environments.
  • Opportunities for Growth: Providing pathways to new and diverse opportunities for personal and academic development.

A Message to Our Students and Families

We understand that every student’s journey is different, and sometimes, traditional educational settings may not fully meet their needs. Our program aims to bridge that gap, offering a supportive and nurturing environment where every student can thrive. We are committed to working closely with students, families, and the community to ensure that each student receives the guidance and resources necessary to succeed.

As we embark on this new adventure together, I am filled with optimism and enthusiasm for what we can achieve. I look forward to seeing the incredible progress and success stories that will undoubtedly emerge from our Alternative Education Program.

Thank you for your trust and support as we work towards creating a brighter future for all our students.



Warm regards,

Dr. James Otto
Director of Alternative Education

7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Alternative Education Director:
Dr. James Otto