Department of Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program


The goal of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) is to reduce delinquency, increase offender accountability and rehabilitate offenders through a comprehensive, coordinated community-based juvenile probation system. The JJAEPs assist students in performing at grade level as a result of academic interventions provided by the JJAEP in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and self-discipline. Some JJAEP programs are able to provide some electives. Students are assigned to a JJAEP program as a result of violating Texas Education Code Chapter 37 listed offenses which include: 1) mandatory expulsion from their home school for serious infractions of the Student Code of Conduct, 2) discretionary expulsions for serious infractions that occur off-campus as well as other infractions of the Student Code of Conduct, or 3) are court ordered due to title V offenses or probation conditions.

Number of Programs:

31 of which 26 counties are mandatory and 5 are Discretionary

Mandatory Counties:

Bell, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Johnson, Lubbock, McLennan, Midland, Montgomery, Nueces, Tarrant, Taylor, Travis, Webb, Wichita, Williamson

Discretionary Counties:

Atascosa, Hale, Hardin, Hill, Karnes-Wilson


Mandatory counties are monitored on-site at least every three years. Discretionary counties are monitored on-site every biennium. Desk audits are ongoing to maintain data integrity for funding and reporting purposes.

JJAEP Specialists

Marie Welsch, PhD, LPC

Eric Herring

Organizational Chart

Links to Helpful Resources, Forms and Manuals