• Alternative Options
    Decatur School District has a variety of alternative options available for students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting. Student support and interventions are necessary before being transferred to any alternative setting. Administrators and counselors can provide additional information on the options available and make recommendations regarding specific students.
    Phoenix I
    P1 is for students who are academically behind and is for K-9th grades only.
    Phoenix II
    P3 is for students with serious behavior and/or academic issues pending or resulting in expulsion.
    Futures is for students who are academically behind with truancy issues.


    Admission is open to any student in high school who meets the minimum age requirement of sixteen. All students must be referred to Futures Unlimited by their home school district. The home district will provide a copy of the school transcript and letter of referral.

    Each student being considered for enrollment at Futures Unlimited must undergo an assessment. The purpose is to determine a student's goals, abilities and vocational interests. During this assessment, background information is gathered and reading and math abilities are determined. With the results of these assessments, an appropriate individual program is planned.

    Monday - Friday 8:05 am - 1:45 pm
    Milligan Academy
    Milligan is for students with behavior problems that are interfering with student success in the traditional setting.


    Students with numerous suspensions which have resulted in academic concerns for the student.Students eligible for expulsion through violating school district policy.

    Students expelled whose home district has placed the expulsion in abeyance.
    Students ordered for referral by the court.


    The student’s home school completes a referral.

    The student and his parent/s attend an orientation session.
    Milligan Academy staff interviews both the student and parent/s.
    Milligan Academy staff makes a determination as to the staff’s ability to meet the needs of the students. 
    GED is for students who are severely academically behind and who will not be able to graduate before they are 21 and/or are not able to attend and perform at the abilities to earn a high school diploma in the traditional setting.

    Home School

    Families who choose to educate their children at home are advised to contact the Macon-Piatt ROE for a list of accredited home schooling options. Students entering DPS61 after being homeschooled will be screened or tested to determine an appropriate grade level. High school age students entering from home school will have their transcript of course work evaluated by a counselor to determine credits needed for graduation. The financial responsibility of home schooling lies with the family.