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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  BP  6181  Instruction

Alternative Schools/Programs Of Choice   

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Alternative School: A school that has a nontraditional, flexible method of teaching or curriculum.

Program of Choice: A program that exists on a traditional school campus that provides specialized instruction for students such as language immersion, science, technology or art.

The Governing Board recognizes that all California school districts are authorized to provide alternative schools designed to maximize student self-motivation. As required by law, copies of the Education Code 58500-58512, providing for alternative schools, shall be placed in the district office and in the principal's office at each school and shall be made available to any interested parent/guardian, teacher or student.

The Board may establish and maintain alternative schools or separate class groups within a school in order to fulfill the objectives specified in Education Code 58500.

The parent/guardian of any student may request the Board to establish an alternative school or program. (Education Code 58502)

The Superintendent or designee may establish an advisory committee of staff and community members to evaluate proposals for alternative schools. The Board shall approve or disapprove proposals after considering the recommendation of the committee and the Superintendent or designee.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

Alternative schools or class groups shall offer the Board-adopted core curriculum. With Board approval, the schools or programs may differ from ongoing programs in other ways that include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. They may emphasize a specific element of the approved curriculum.

2. They may present the approved curriculum in a sequence different from that used in other district programs.

3. Their staff may emphasize specific instructional strategies.

Alternative school shall comply with state and federal law and Board policy regarding nondiscrimination in district programs.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually evaluate alternative schools in accordance with law. (Education Code 58510)

He/she shall report the evaluation to the Board.

(cf 0500 - Accountability)

(cf 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)


adopted: March 13, 2014 Lakeside, California