Office of Accountability

Supplemental Educational Services
Service Summary Information

Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.


Name of organization:

Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.

Primary location:

8508 Loch Raven Blvd., Suite E
Baltimore, MD 21286

Contact information:
(phone / email / website):

John C. Sullivan, Vice President of Tutoring

LEAs where service will be provided:

All New York State


Years provider has delivered service:

Alternatives Unlimited has provided SES service since the 2004-2005 school year


Evidence that services have been effective:

Statistical and empirical evidence substantiates that AU tutoring fosters strong academic growth in students who complete the program. Data supporting growth is gathered from AU’s pre and post testing using the Stanford Diagnostic Reading and Math tests and state standardized tests. Detailed reports of growth are available in Form B2 of this response. In summary, of students in the 05-06 school year, 66% showed gains in FL programs, and 72% showed gains CA programs. Already this year, 72 % of students completing the program have shown growth.


Title of the instructional program, curriculum series to be used (if appropriate):

AU uses the Evans Newton, Inc. curriculum; Madeline Hunter and PALs.


Grade level(s) the provider will serve:

AU serves grades K-12


Content area(s) provider will serve:

AU provides tutoring for English Language Arts including Reading and Math


Number of sessions provided per week, if applicable:

Typically AU offers two sessions per week but this can be modified based on student/school/parent need.


Average length of each service session (minutes/hours):

Typically, AU sessions last 120 minutes but this can be modified based on student/school/parent need.


Duration of the available service period (e.g. September 1 – June 30; September 1 – August 31; weekends only; summer school only; specific number of weeks or hours, other, etc;):

AU can provide tutoring from September 1 – August 31.


Type of instruction:

AU offers small group, group, one-on-one instruction and on-line.


Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with disabilities:

For students with disabilities, AU will modify its established tutoring strategies, which includes:  standards based, Gardner’s learning styles, backwards design, and McRel instructional practices, to accommodate whatever may be required by a students IEP. AU has significant experience serving special needs student population and assure that all aspects of a student’s IEP will be in place.


Description of methods and strategies for serving eligible students with limited English proficiency:

AU will implement SIOP strategies to serve LEP students.


Qualifications of the service provider(s)/instructor(s):

Minimally all tutors will possess 48 college credits and in those instances when a tutor does not possess NY teaching certification, he/she will be directly supervised by a NY certified teacher.


Reports to parents, teachers, and LEA (Content, frequency, method of delivery):

AU will report to teachers, parents, and LEAs bi-monthly via phone, email, notes, conversations, letters, and conversations at time of student pick-up to keep all interested parties informed of all pertinent information regarding tutoring.


Will transportation to the service location be provided at no charge if requested? (Note: LEAs are not required to provide or pay for transportation)

Typically, AU does not provide transportation; however, AU is always willing to work with the school/district/parents to create solutions, including transportation, that will allow students to benefit from SES tutoring.


Additional relevant information:

Alternatives Unlimited has been providing educational services to school districts around the country for nearly ten years. AU has the experience, resources and expertise to help insure that all students have access to a quality education. A gift card not to exceed $25 will be part of an incentive program for attendance and participation.

Last Updated: March 20, 2014