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Alternative Eduaction

Horizons – Independent Study

  • Can receive up to 5 credits per semester per class even if a student enters in the middle of the semester (dependent of how much work they can complete)
  • Independent study grades will show up on transcript with the grade and how many credits they received (quarter grades will not show up on transcript – only semester grades)
  • Independent study will start offering Spanish 1 and 2, Bio, and earth science, along with most electives courses (does not offer some music classes or ceramics, for example)
  • Student needs to be independent, capable of working on their own, and able to get to and from the Pleasant Hill Education Center 

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Home & Hospital

Home & Hospital is a temporary program designed to help maintain a student’s academic standing during a time of illness or other temporary disability.

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Home and Hospital

Small Continuation High Schools 

Small Continuation High Schools are small alternative educational program serving approximately 54 students.  The Small Continuation High Schools serve student who may not have been successful in a comprehensive high school setting.  Special Education students must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) designating a Small Continuation High School as the most appropriate educational placement.  The instructional team normally consists of an administrator, 2 teachers a part-time resource specialist, a part-time counselor, a part-time student services coordinator, and part-time clerical support.

Eligible students:

  • Are 16 to 18 years old, in 11th or 12th grade (except Crossroads, which serves pregnant or parenting teens in 9th through 12th grades).
  • May be deficient in credits.
  • May be lacking in social skills.
  • Have the potential to master grade-level standards.
  • Need more basic academic courses rather than a variety of electives and lab courses.
  • Find success in a smaller setting.

Students who attend a Small Continuation High School are not eligible to participate in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sports.

To learn more about the different small continuation high schools in the district and requirements to graduate please follow this link:

Small Continuation High Schools

Olympic Continuation High School:

Olympic is a slightly larger continuation school, serving approximately 400 students and is another option for students who are not on track to graduate. What Olympic has to offer:

  • smaller class sizes
  • “first step” Orientation class
  • Self-paced learning, counseling services
  • Flexibility
  • six week grading periods
  • Career transitions program.

To learn more about Olympic Continuation High School Please visit the website here:

Olympic High School