NIKE Alternative HS
NIKE is an alternative school program designed to meet the needs of students who have not met with academic success in the the regular High School program for a variety of reasons. The program is designed to meet the needs of its students by offering a more flexible and less structured environment than the regular HS program. Students are expected to comply with staff, take responsibility for their own behavior, and be able to function appropriately, in this alternative structure.
The NIKE setting seeks to alleviate the stressors that may have contributed to a student's difficulties in the regular HS program. The ability to cooperate, gradually develop a sense of community, and engage in relationships with staff, as well as other students, are key ingredients that contribute to a student's success at NIKE.
The school is located on the north side of a barrier island known as Long Beach Island in Lido Beach, New York. The site is ideal for the development of an educational environmental center due its proximity to one of the last remaining natural salt marshes in Nassau County.
The Nike Alternative High School is also the former home of the United States Army Nike Missile Battery NY-29/30. Sixty missiles were housed here from 1955-63 ready to launch in the event of a nuclear attack on New York City. Vestiges of the Cold War can still be seen in the abandoned missile silos.