Expelled from School: Next Steps

Instructor: Bill Sands
Though a serious setback, expulsion does not mean the end of your child's academic career. Learn more about this process and how you can help your student successfully recover from it.

Expulsion: What Comes Next?

If your child has been expelled from school, you may be wondering what comes next. The expulsion process can be frightening, stressful, and even embarrassing for both student and parent, and the transition to the next phase is far from a simple one.

Fortunately, with proper preparation and organization, you can turn a negative situation into a positive one.

Know Your Rights

Once your child has been expelled, check with the school or state board of education to determine what services are available. In some states, school districts must continue to provide expelled students with an education, typically through an alternative school. You might also be entitled to a rehabilitation or re-engagement plan that outlines student goals and any services necessary to ensure your student's successful return to school.

Additionally, federal law mandates the continuation of educational services for students with IEP plans. If you suspect your student's behavior might have been due to an undiagnosed disability, you can request a special meeting - known as a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting - to determine whether or not this was the case and see if your child qualifies for special education services.

Explore Your Education Options

In many instances, a change of scenery can do wonders for a troubled student. The options listed below are but a few of the many potential avenues. Research your options carefully and choose the path that is best for your child.

Alternative Schools

Alternative schools can be public or privately run and typically feature low student-to-faculty ratios and flexible scheduling options, such as evening programs. The curriculum can also vary depending on whether students would benefit from traditional core academic coursework, remedial instruction, or vocational training.

These schools also offer students a combination of services ranging from behavior management and counseling services to life skills and conflict resolution training.


Parents or guardians who opt for homeschooling assume responsibility for a child's education and administer lessons and examinations. This choice is particularly demanding for a parent, as it requires a much greater level of involvement, but it allows parents to closely monitor a child's development and reaction to expulsion.

If you're interested in exploring this option for your student, check out these Homeschooling Courses to find curriculum resources for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Online Credit

A number of organizations offer classes and tutoring services online. Like homeschooling, these self-paced courses demand discipline and organization from students, but they could also benefit those who struggled with a more structured school environment. This might also prove to be a viable option for students who need remedial instruction in the form of credit recovery courses that allow them to make up for any classes they've failed in the past.

If you're considering this route, check out these online courses for both high school and middle school to help supplement your child's instruction. Credit Recovery classes are available as well.

GED Programs

This option is available to students who meet a high school equivalency exam's age requirements and is typically reserved for those who have fallen far behind in their studies or are at risk of dropping out. Students receive tutoring and core academic instruction to prepare them for the GED exams, and some programs might offer career counseling as well.

Additional resources to help students prepare for the GED tests, as well as HiSET and TASC exams, can be found in these High School Equivalency prep courses.

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