Building Rigor, Relevance and Relationships in Alternative Education Classrooms
The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) operates alternative schools for Sonoma County students who are seriously at risk of school and/or societal failure. These schools provide small school settings for referred students who are experiencing difficulties in traditional schools, offer home and independent study alternatives, and deliver daily instruction for incarcerated youth and juvenile wards of the court. In operating these programs, SCOE strives to offer education alternatives that connect students to positive opportunities for learning.
Amarosa Academy mourns death of two teachers
- Two longtime Alternative Education teachers passed away in a boating accident on April 17: Rick Hargreaves, who taught in court and community schools for over 18 years, and Dyan Kelly, who retired last year after 34 years at SCOE. Mr. Hargreaves, known as “Coach” by students, was an instructor at Amarosa Academy and Ms. Kelly taught at the site from its opening day in 2011 until her retirement.
Crisis support and counseling services are available at Amarosa Academy to help students cope with their grief. Alternative Education director Georgia Ioakimedes issued this letter (pdf) to inform parents of the tragic incident.
Programs & Services
The purpose of Community School is to retain students in the education system during periods when they are experiencing problems that put them at serious risk of dropping out. The emphasis of the program is to reestablish students’ educational direction. The goal is for students to successfully transition back to a regular school setting or another learning environment that meets their needs. For students who elect to remain in Community School, the program is designed to help them meet their educational and academic goals. Learn more about Community Schools.
Court Schools provide instruction for school-age children and youth residing in court-supervised programs, such as Juvenile Hall, Probation Camp, and Sierra Girls Center.
Countywide Plan for Expelled Students
In addition to offering alternative school programs for students, the Alternative Education department coordinates the development of the Countywide Plan for Providing Educational Services to All Expelled Students in Sonoma County as required by Education Code Section 48926. The plan is updated every three years.