Alternative Education

Santa Rosa High School prides itself on recognizing and appreciating that not every kid thrives best in a comprehensive high school setting.   With this knowledge, counselors are trained to look outside the “traditional” box and work with students and their families on finding the setting that may allow them to be most successful in attaining a high school diploma. 

Santa Rosa City Schools has a few Alternative School Settings Sites.  Please review this information on the various options.  After reading the information, please contact your student’s counselor for an appointment to discuss choices or answer more indebt questions.  In the Alt Ed Attachment below, please note that MESA is no longer in existence and therefore not an option for an alternative setting.  

YouthBuild Santa Rosa

Goal: This year YouthBuild Santa Rosa will provide 20-50 youth age 16-24 who are undereducated and unemployed with a chance to complete their diplomas, learn construction skills, and overcome barriers that are keeping them down, while building affordable housing.

The Facility: Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County rents a “store front” school room in a strip mall on Sebastopol Road between Goodwill and an empty grocery store. In the building we have a construction lab, a classroom, a computer lab, and several counseling and small group activity areas.

The Population: As of November 2005 YouthBuild Santa Rosa has 17 enrollees. Two are parents, three are young women, the remainder are young men. All are between 16-24 and have not completed their High School diplomas. Another seven young people half have completed the construction component and are working at finishing their education and holding down jobs in the community

 

Gateway to College Academy (GTC):  

Gateway to College Academy (GtC) is an Early College High School, which is an innovative partnership that enables students to obtain a quality high school education while receiving dual college credit and invaluable access to college student support services. Students attend both high school and college classes Monday through Friday in a program that blends high school and college into a coherent educational program. The selection of student courses are guided by their personal education plans and lead to the completion of a high school diploma as well as SRJC certificate, associate degree, or university transfer. Students are placed in small learning communities exclusively with other GtC students and instructors where they receive comprehensive services, including: counseling, job referrals, tutoring, health care, and more. College enrollment fees are exempted for high school concurrent/dual enrollment students and all required textbooks are provided at no cost to GtC students. Gateway to College admits youth, 16 to 20 years old whom are California residents. Gateway to College Academy is located at the SRJC Petaluma campus in Kathleen Doyle Hall, 2nd floor, room 236. For further information, contact us at telephone (707) 778-3630, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Many Charter Schools exist within Sonoma County. 

Each has its own philosophy, site, and personality.  It is important to visit and to speak to representatives prior to choosing a school for your child.  This site is a list of Charter Schools within Sonoma County including contact information: 

Sometimes the best choice is not a setting, but instead, a high school diploma earned from a specific test
 
California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE): 

The CHSPE is a test that, if passed, is equivalent to a high school diploma in the state of California.  Students need only be 16 or be in the second half of their sophomore year to register for the test.  The test costs $100.00 and is given three times a year at Sonoma County Office of Education.  If a student passes the test, and the student and his/her parents approve, the student would be able to drop SRHS as a graduate and no longer attend high school.  Note:  the student is not a SRHS graduate, but a state of CA graduate; therefore, the student will not participate in SRHS graduation. It is recommended that students who take the CHSPE also take the GED when they turn 18.

General Education Diploma (GED): 

The GED is a test, if passed, is equivalent to a high school diploma anywhere in the United States.  Students must be 18 to enroll for the test which is given regularly at SRJC at Plover Hall.  SRJC also has test practice classes to prepare for the exam.  To enroll in these classes, students can not be concurrently enrolled in a high school.  Once a student passes the GED, they no longer need to attend high school.  Proof of passing the test must be brought into the counseling office in order to drop a student from high school.  Parent permission is not necessary as the student is an adult.  For more information on the GED and enrolling in the SRJC practice course, please visit the links below.