About This School
Alternative schools are public schools that offer nontraditional education for students whose needs cannot be met in a regular, special education, or vocational school. While alternative schools are distinct from regular, special education, and vocational schools in their teaching approach or classroom environment, they can provide similar services and/or curriculum for students. Alternative schools include schools for potential dropouts, residential treatment centers for substance abuse, schools for chronic truants, and schools for students with behavioral problems. See Gainesville Wilderness Institute's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2008, Gainesville Wilderness Institute had 33 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Florida average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Gainesville Wilderness Institute Reviews
It does not make me happy to see people get into trouble but four years ago I was asked to leave a job with a good recommendation or be dismissed after being attacked by a young athlete. He was about 17 or 18 years old and took several swings at me. I did the right thing and put him in a hold and handed him over to staff. Today I learned he is in Jail with a very high bail. Being in the south the staff would rather consider his race and be politically correct then the actual events. Now a young man sits in jail with no hope because staff was more concerned about being politcally correct rather than being tough when it was needed. I do not care what color a child is as long as they are allowed to hit teachers and sale dope then the cycle will continue. It makes me sad at the values we teach our young people today. It is the policy of Amikids to have no fences or cameras yet I would still be working for them today if they had cameras after several kids refused to not go to class. I think their programs are effective for students who do not go home to the same envronment at the end of the day. Otherwise I feel it is a waste of time and money because the students show up with contraband and out of uniform. As a teacher you are required to search students and such which causes them to veiw you more as an officer. I only support the Amikid programs that provide residence for the students. Otherwise it is just a daytime babysitting facility. There were some students who were doing there best to learn and I applaud them and the overall Idea and theme is great. I wish I had all the answers but the truth is I do not. I applaude the efforts of the other teachers who worked at AMIkids because they were truly dedicated professionals. It made me sad that the majority of students had no clue who Martin Luther King was or Rosa Parks which was a big part of their history....NOTE GAINESVILLE WILDERNESS INSTITUTE is also listed as AMIkids
Yes I agree Gainesville wilderness institute (GWI) is a great program. It taught me alot about life and partnership. I believe the program is there to help and only help.The staff is awesome and real, hard but not to hard. I will never forget about my stay at GWI.
I THINK GAINESVILLE WILDERNESS INTSTITUTE IS A GREAT SCHOOL I WENT THERE FOR 6 MONTHS AND IT TAUGHT ME A LOT. THE TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE THEY ARE THERE WHEN YOU NEED THEM I HUST WISH I COULDVE STAYED LONGER.