Gulfport School District has two alternative education programs designed to combat the dropout rate. Students in alternative education programs in the Gulfport School District are serviced at The Learning Center and The Blue School.
The Learning Center of the Gulfport School District is a safety net school for academic and behavior purposes. Alternative behavior students from grades 4-12 may be assigned to The Learning Center for an initial 45 day placement. Alternative academic students from grades 6 and 7 may be assigned to The Learning Center for an initial placement of one nine-week grading period. Eighth grade alternative academic students may be assigned to The Learning Center for an entire school year unless change of placement to The Blue School is determined. Students must be referred by their Gulfport School District home school for placement at The Learning Center for the Safety Net program as well as the behavior program.
The Blue School is home to the Gulfport School District's GED Option Program. Students can participate in this program if they meet the following requirements:
- 16 years of age
- one or more years behind in school or have earned less than four credits
- have a referral from their guidance counselor
- have parental permission
All referrals for The Blue School begin at the student's Gulfport School District home school with parent meetings.