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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  AR  6181  Instruction

Alternative Schools/Programs Of Choice   

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At the beginning of each school year, the "Notice of Alternative Schools" shall be sent to all parents/guardians as set forth in Education Code 58501. During the entire month of March of each year, a copy of this notice shall be posted at each school in at least two places normally visible to students, teachers and visiting parents/guardians. (Education Code 58501)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)


All proposals for the establishment of an alternative school or program of choice:

1. Address district program goals and academic standards

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

2. Demonstrate that the number of students interested in enrolling in the alternative school or program of choice is sufficient to meet desired student/teacher staffing ratios

(cf. Class Size)

3. Demonstrate that teachers are willing to work within the program

4. Demonstrate that the proposed operational plan conforms with district timelines and makes equitable use of district staff, facilities and resources

5. Provide a statement of the specific anticipated costs of implementing the proposal as well as funding sources, including outside funding sources and/or district support

6. Include a comprehensive plan for a yearly evaluation of the program to be carried out by the district

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

The Superintendent or designee may establish an advisory committee of staff, parents/guardians, and community members to evaluate proposals for alternative schools or programs of choice and to make recommendations to the Superintendent.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)


Students enrolled in alternative schools or programs of choice shall be selected entirely from volunteers

(Education Code 58503)

The district may establish alternative schools or programs of choice in each attendance area and/or on a district-wide basis, with enrollment open to all students district-wide. (Education Code 58505)

(cf. 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment)

Previous classroom performance shall not be a criterion limiting any student from the opportunity to attend an alternative school or program of choice. (Education Code 58504)

When an alternative class group is established within school, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that students currently enrolled in the school will not be displaced.

A parent/guardian may request that a student's enrollment in an alternative school or program of choice be rescinded at any time. Such requests shall be effective at the end of the school year in which they are received unless an earlier date is agreed upon by the principals of the schools involved or by the principal and teachers of the class groups involved.


The district shall maintain and fund alternative schools or programs of choice at the same level of support as other district educational programs for students of the same age level. (Education Code 58507)

Teachers employed in alternative school or programs of choice shall be selected entirely from volunteers (Education Code 58503)

Program Evaluation

The Superintendent or designee shall conduct an annual evaluation of alternative schools or programs 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 student from the alternative school.


reviewed: March 13, 2014 Lakeside, California