A. The governing board of a school district may contract with any public body or private person for the purpose of providing alternative education programs.
B. On the approval of the parent or guardian of a pupil or of a pupil who is an emancipated person, the superintendent of a school district may recommend to the governing board the placement of the pupil in an alternative education program as provided in this article.
C. For the purposes of this section, "alternative education" means the modification of the school course of study and adoption of teaching methods, materials and techniques to provide educationally for those pupils in grades six through twelve who are unable to profit from the regular school course of study and environment. 15796