A full-time school program is operated at Shuman Center by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Alternative Education Program. The program offers a range of services, both diagnostic and instructional. School is in session 180 days a year on Monday through Friday. The school is located in a separate quadrant in the center of Shuman Center, and consists of administrative and counseling offices, a diagnostic center, classrooms, arts and crafts room, home economics room, library, and gymnasium.
State law requires that youth attend school while in detention. Even if the youth have graduated or have a GED they are required to attend school. After admission to detention, the youth are assessed to determine their academic level. Youth will begin attending school within two to three days of admission.