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Monterey County Office of Education Alternative Education Programs Receive Six-Year Accreditation
Salinas, Calif. – The Monterey County Office of Education is pleased to announce the Alternative Education Department has received the highest level of accreditation, a Six-Year Accreditation Status, from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). WASC accreditation certifies that the schools’ accomplishments meet the rigorous criteria that it takes to receive the highest possible level of accreditation by WASC and verifies that the schools are trustworthy institutions of learning with integrity.
The programs offered by the Alternative Education Department reach students across Monterey County with innovative, project-based and blended learning in small learning environments. Those who come to Alternative Education Programs are foster/homeless youth, students on inter-district transfers, youth who have been probation-referred, or students who were expelled from their home district. Full service programming with support mechanisms are offered to all students, including in-house social workers, mental health counselors, and aides in every classroom, providing individualized instruction. Each program is unique so students with a multiplicity of needs can be successful and prepared for college and careers after high school.
Alternative Education Programs include:
o Rancho Cielo Silver Star Program
o Silver Star Center, Independent Studies Program
o South County Independent Studies Program
o Warner Davis Program
o Innovative Arts Technology Pathway (ITAP)
o Sea Air Fire Earth Transportation Pathway (SAFE)
o Wellington M. Smith, Jr. School
o Salinas Valley Education Center