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. 


SRCS Alternative Settings

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 in-depth questions.   

  • Ridgway High School : a continuation school located behind our campus for students needing credit recovery. Limited spots available. See your Counselor to determine if you qualify. 
  • Independent Study: The district offers Independent Study through a program that provides general education classes to fulfill high school education requirements.  



Non-SRCS Alternative Settings

Charter Schools

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: 


Conservation Corps North Bay

Conservation Corps North Bay is the oldest youth conservation corps in the country. Serving Marin and Sonoma Counties since 1982, CCNB has helped more than 12,000 young men and women break the cycle of poverty through education and job skills, while serving the environment and community.

The environment. Our youth. Both vulnerable, both requiring nurture. We believe in the untapped potential of both. And we’re committed to preparing, cultivating and nurturing each so they can flourish, and our community can enjoy a successful, healthy future.

Joining CCNB gives them the opportunity to:

      • Complete high school, via an onsite charter school.
      • Access counseling, career guidance and other self-management skills.
      • Receive scholarships.
      • Work on critical local environmental projects, learning about conservation and connectivity.
      • Learn real, certified skills that they can take to the workplace.
      • Receive a paycheck

Phone Contact: (415) 454-4554

      Alternative to Diploma Options


  •  Speak to your Counselor about these many other options!


Testing Options


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.