Sonoma County Office of Education

Alternative Education


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.

Class of 2015 Graduates

At a May 27 graduation ceremony, SCOE recognized 30 students who earned high school diplomas and one student who completed the General Education Development (GED) Examination. Congratulations to these Class of 2015 graduates.

Alternative Education Graduates, 2015
High School Diplomas
Veronica Lynne Argentieri
Alejandro Cabrera Avalos
Hector David Carranza Pineda
Vanessa Carreon-Lopez
Najonay Shajeeah Carter
Andrew Corona Espinoza
Jose De Los Santos
Luis Eduardo Cuevas
Kevin Escalera
Brenda Rocio Garay
Antonio C. Gonzalez-Gutierrez
Jerome A. Hatt
Jacob Holmes
Hannah Faith Iversen
Jared Nathanael Iversen
Cynthia Melgoza Cendejas
Jonathan A. Molina-Landaverde
Ryan William Nichols
Jonathan Ryan O’Rourke
Luis Enrique Ojeda
Brenda Stephanie Perez Perez
Ryan Michael Perrine
Alexandrea Victoria Pittman
Monica Rojas Sedano
Skylar Storm Sachse
Shyzaha Vance Thorpe
Azucena Vargas-Rosales
Michelle Maye Walker
Jason L. White
Jesse Merrick Wildman

GED Certificate
Marco Reyes

Programs & Services

Community Schools
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
Court Schools provide instruction for school-age children and youth residing in court-supervised programs, such as Juvenile Hall and Probation Camp.

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.

2015 Countywide Plan for Expelled Students (pdf)
2012 Countywide Plan for Expelled Students (pdf)