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El Dorado Union HSD |  BP  6181  Instruction

Alternative Schools   

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The Governing Board desires to provide a variety of innovative education programs accommodate students' diverse learning needs and interests, foster student engagement in the schools, and enhance student achievement. Toward this end, the Board may establish and maintain alternative schools or programs of choice.

A district alternative school or program of choice may differ from the traditional program in its academic emphasis, sequence of curriculum, educational philosophy, instructional strategy, structure, setting, size, scheduling, targeted student populations, decision-making process, and/or other components. All alternative schools or programs of choice shall offer enrolled students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve district content standards in core academic subjects and shall provide access to the course of study required for high school graduation.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6172.1 - Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

As necessary to provide flexibility to alternative schools or programs of choice to improve student performance and/or streamline operations, the Superintendent or designee may request that the Superintendent of Public Instruction waive any provision of the Education Code except provisions specified in Education Code 58509.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

Program Evaluation

The Superintendent or designee may establish an advisory committee of staff and community members to evaluate proposals for alternative schools. The Board shall approve or disapprove proposals after considering the recommendation of the committee and the Superintendent or designee.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

Alternative schools or class groups shall off the Board-adopted core curriculum. With Board approval, they may differ from ongoing programs in other ways that include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. They may emphasize a specific element of the approved curriculum.

2. They may present the approved curriculum in a sequence different from that used in other schools.

3. Their staff may emphasize specific instructional strategies.

4. The decision-making process for their governance may differ from the processes used in other schools.

Alternative schools shall comply with state and federal law and Board policy regarding nondiscrimination in district programs.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually evaluate alternative schools in accordance with law. (Education Code 58510)

He/she shall report the evaluation results to the Board.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35160.5 Intradistrict open enrollment

41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

48980 Parental notifications

52052 Academic Performance Index

58500-58512 Alternative schools and programs of choice

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

1068-1074 Alternative schools accountability model

11705 Charter schools as alternative schools

COURT DECISIONS

American Civil Rights Foundation v. Los Angeles Unified School District, (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 436

Management Resources:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Creating and Sustaining Successful K-8 Magnet Schools, September 2008

Innovations in Education: Successful Magnet High Schools, September 2008

WEB SITES

California Department of Education, Alternative Schools of Choice: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/as

Foundation for California Community Colleges, Early College High School Initiative: http://www.foundationccc.org/ECHS

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement: http://www.ed.gov/about/ofices/list/oii

Policy EL DORADO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 22, 1999 Placerville, California

revised: September 22, 2009