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 2016 Graduates

At a June 1 graduation ceremony, SCOE recognized 25 students who earned high school diplomas and one student who completed the General Education Development (GED) Examination. Congratulations to these Class of 2016 graduates.

Alt Ed Graduation 2016
High School Diplomas
Jesse Agles
Oscar Alvarez Ruiz
Agustin Anaya-Mellott
Ana Laura Aparicio
Aracely Cardenas
Carlos Javier Cervantes Rubio
Isabela Angelica Rosa Conte
Emily Kathleen Doe
Bradley Downs
Oliver J. Forseth
Ivan Garcia Hernandez
Jocssan Daniel Gomez Mendoza
Francisco Javier Gonzalez
Jemma Angeline Gunderson
Cristopher Bud Irvin
Kyle James Jensen
Bryan Mora
Jorden Joseph Skiles
Juana Solis Lopez
Yuli Carmen Suarez Olascoaga
Gabriel James Torres-Medeiros
Devin Shane Van Leuven
Joseph Mario Varela
Drake Alexander Weis

GED Certificate
Angelica Hernandez

LCAP, Spring 2016 Updates

A public hearing was opened at the June 2 Sonoma County Board of Education meeting and will be closed at the June 30th Board meeting, when the board will take action to approve 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)