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Youth Education Services: Schools Division




The ROE #3 - Youth Education Services: Schools Division team is dedicated to serving the at-risk population of the region.


Since 1993, the Youth Education Services Schools Division strives to offer a choice of quality educational programs to help serve many students with different needs. Hundreds of students have found success in our communities that focus on trauma-informed educator practices and building relationships with students and families.


For truant, dropout, or unsuccessful students in grades 9 through 12, look at our Alternative High Schools - New Approach located in Vandalia, Aspire located in Effingham, and Revive located in Litchfield.


For suspended or expelled youth in grades 6 through 8, we offer our Safe Schools programs - FOCUS in Vandalia, TriStar Academy in Effingham, and Phoenix in Litchfield.


For students in grades Kindergarten through 8th who are experiencing difficulty attending school on a regular basis, we provide Regular Attendance Programs.


Call Principal Laura Benhoff (Vandalia ~ 618-283-9311), Principal Amber Kidd (Effingham ~ 217-342-2865), or Principal Kristin Charlesworth (Litchfield ~ 217-408-2185) for more information on these programs.

Aspire Alternative High School

TriStar Academy Safe Schools Program
1901 S. Fourth St. Suite 215

Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: (217) 342-2865

Revive Alternative High School

Phoenix Safe Schools Program
1100 Old Rte.66N

Litchfield, IL 62056
Phone: (217) 408-2185

New Approach Alternative High School

FOCUS Safe Schools Program
1500 Jefferson St.  

Vandalia, IL  62471
Phone: (618) 283-9311



Safe Return to Learn Plan and ESSER III Funds Use Plan for ROE 3 Youth Educational Services - All Sites 


Referal Forms: 
ROE #3 Safe School Program Student Referral Form - To be completed by School Principal only.
ROE #3 YES Alternative HS Student Referral Form

Truancy/RAP Referral Form - To be completed by School Principal only.


School Wellness Policy


Please use the links above or to the left to view additional information about both programs or contact the Program Administrators below:

Program Administrators

Laura Benhoff - Alternative Education Programs - Vandalia


Amber Kidd - Alternative Education Programs - Effingham


Kristin Charlesworth - Alternative Education Programs - Litchfield

Suicide Prevention Information

In compliance with Public Act 102-0134


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



Crisis Text Line
US and Canada: text 741741