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 2017 Graduates

At a May 31 graduation ceremony, SCOE recognized 24 students who earned high school diplomas. Congratulations to these Class of 2017 graduates.

Class of 2017 Alternative Education graduates pose for a picture outside SCOE
Austin Lee Alexander
Erick Amador
Carlos Thomas Amandoli
Eloiza Z. Barrera
Alejandra S. Bohorquez-Ramirez
Joshua Dayton Carroll
Teofilo Lavare Coker Jr.
Robert DeCoite
Ximena Y. Yestrada
Miguel Angel Esparza
Alexander Jedidiah Ferrell
Salvador Flores Jr.
Victor Alfonzo Roman Garcia
Enrico Candiladio Gonsalves
Fredrick Genazzi
Benjamin G. Lopez
Raquel Magana Arellano
Thomas Alejandro Martinez
Abraham Ortega
Gregorio M. Lopez Razo
Christian Daniel Skiles
Nikolai David Sonderman
Ruby Vasques
Monica Jazmin Calvillo Zamora

LCAP, Spring 2017 Updates

A public hearing was opened at the June 1 Sonoma County Board of Education meeting and closed at the June 29 Board meeting, when the board approved the plan.

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 studentsí 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)