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BP 6181


Alternative Schools/Programs Of Choice


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) desires to provide a variety of innovative educational programs to accommodate students’ diverse learning needs and interests, foster student engagement in the schools, and enhance student achievement. Toward this end, the County Board may establish and maintain alternative schools or programs of choice.


A San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) alternative school or program of choice may differ from the traditional educational program in its academic emphasis, sequence of curriculum, educational philosophy, instructional strategy, structure, setting, size, scheduling, targeted student population, 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 SBCOE 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. 6172.1 – Concurrent Enrollment in College Classes)


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)


The Superintendent or designee shall establish processes to ensure communication among staff in the alternative schools or programs of choice and staff in the regular educational program in order to share information and ideas.


Program Evaluation


The Superintendent or designee shall conduct an annual evaluation of each alternative school or program of choice which includes testing of basic skills for student participants and which identifies the variables that may have affected student academic achievement. The evaluation process shall include input from teachers, parents/guardians, and students from the alternative school or program of choice. (Education Code 58510)



Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE: 35160.5 Intradistrict open enrollment; 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



Policy Adopted: 3-7-18