Sonoma County Office of Education

Alternative Education

Community Schools

Community Schools provide a different kind of learning environment for students who are experiencing difficulties in a traditional school setting or who are exhibiting negative behavior patterns in school or the community. Students may range in age from 12 to 18 years old and a multiple-grade, multiple-subject curriculum is taught.

Community School Students

There are two Community Schools in Sonoma County: Amarosa Academy in Santa Rosa and Headwaters Academy in Petaluma. Many of the students enrolled in these schools have been expelled from their district school, identified as habitually truant, or placed on probation by the juvenile court. The emphasis of the program is to reestablish the educational direction of students by providing a learning environment that meets their needs. Counseling and other support services are provided by public and community agencies.

Alternative Education Student

Alternative Education Programs (7:02) | Sept 2012
In this video, students and teachers discuss the impact of SCOE’s foster youth tutoring and Community School programs.


Adera Teen Parent Program
Brochure | English | Spanish

The Adera Teen Parent Program is a unique program option that provides education and support services to help pregnant and parenting students continue their education. Located at Amarosa Academy in Santa Rosa, the program provides childcare and related services to assist teen parents in graduating from high school.

Teen Parent Program

Teen Parent Program (:30) | June 2013
This is a 30-second public service announcement on SCOE’s Teen Parent Program. View in Spanish.


Clean and Sober Services
Brochure | English | Spanish

SCOE provides “clean and sober” services for Community School students in grades 9-12 who are struggling with recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Students in rehabilitation often need to change their environment to be successful and can benefit from a school environment that supports them in living an alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle. Referrals to the program are made by school districts, the probation department, and parents. Specific requirements for participation include:

  • Commitment to living a clean and sober lifestyle
  • Daily attendance
  • On-site counseling, including twice weekly process groups and weekly individual therapy sessions
  • Participation in after-school support services
  • Participation in positive outside activities
  • Parent involvement
  • Random drug testing

See also:
Parent-Student Resources
Schools & Faculty