San José Unified offers various alternative education programs for students of all learning levels and backgrounds — from independent study to small continuation schools to the Middle College program at San Jose Community College.
Our goal is to help students recover credits, explore career options, and make decisions that will lead to graduation and a brighter future beyond. We believe in you!Top
Learning Options provides additional support and an alternative environment for students who find the traditional educational setting is not ideal for their academic and personal success.
Students in Learning Options will learn essential academic and life skills that will enable them to explore opportunities and identify the steps that allow them to succeed and contribute in the local and global community. Student success is determined using multiple forms of assessment to identify a student’s level of engagement and learning, keeping focus on their individual educational goals.
Our dedicated staff will adapt in order to achieve these goals regardless of each student’s previous academic performance, family background, socioeconomic status, race, orientation, or gender.
Liberty Alternative School
Liberty Alternative School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This school allows students to receive their education through a structured, individualized independent study program. Liberty offers alternative access to education for students who may not thrive in a traditional school setting.
All students receive support from a certificated teacher and use curriculum that has been approved by the San José Unified Board of Education. Students use Canvas, our learning management system, to work on and turn in assignments. For the 2021-2022 school year, students are required to meet with their assigned teacher or other staff for approximately one hour at specific frequencies that vary by grade level:
- Grades K-3: Daily synchronous (live) instruction
- Grades 4-8: Daily live interaction and weekly synchronous (live) instruction
- Grades 9-12: Weekly synchronous (live) instruction
High school students continue to access courses aligned to their diploma path. Students can take A-G approved courses at Liberty.
Enrollment in Liberty is a voluntary process. Students may be enrolled for the following reasons:
- Non-Academic Reason: Families may opt to enroll their students in the Liberty independent studies program if they are concerned their child’s health would be put at risk by in-person instruction. Please note that families who select this option for the 2021-2022 school year will be responsible for their child during the school day. Students will receive support from and check in with their assigned teacher. To select this option for your student, please complete the online enrollment form by August 18, 2021. Within one week, families will receive an email confirmation and a request to schedule an intake meeting.
- Academic Reason: Students who are struggling with academic coursework, social-emotional challenges, or regular attendance may have the opportunity to transfer to Liberty Alternative School. The school site administrator and/or counselor will work with the student and their family to create an independent studies plan that will meet the educational needs of the student.
Students receive their schedule and assigned teacher(s) shortly before the first day of school and are expected to attend the synchronous instruction and live interactions at their assigned times.
San Jose Middle College is an alternative high school program for 11th and 12th grade students. It is a partnership between between San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) and San Jose City College (SJCC) that offers students the opportunity to be in a more independent learning environment. Students attend 4 high school classes with SJUSD teachers and can enroll in 2-3 classes (not exceeding 11 credits) at SJCC.
Advanced Career Education
The Advanced Career Education (ACE) Program is a community-based program that serves young adults, 18-22 years of age, who receive special education services. The program prepares our young adults to transition successfully into supported or competitive employment. Our curriculum targets the following domains: functional academics, domestic, community, vocational and recreation/leisure.
- Assessment and documentation of student skills, abilities and interests;
- Systematic instruction focused on individualized and group approach in the acquisition, maintenance and generalization of skills;
- Transition planning centered on individual goals and dreams;
- Inter-agency collaboration to support successful post-school outcomes.
Home Hospital Program
Learning Options provides a Home Hospital program for students experiencing health issues that prevent them from attending their home school. Parents/Guardians can contact their home school administrator for an application. The application and medical notes must be submitted to San José Unified’s Health and Family Services Department. They will help to guide families through the application process.
Once an application is approved, Learning Options will work with the home school to arrange for a teacher to meet with the student at their home or appropriate location for five hours of educational service per week. An adult is required to be present during the learning sessions. The length of the program depends on the student’s indvidual needs.
At the end of Home Hospital service, students are expected to return to their home school.
If your student is absent, do not call the school. Please submit an absence report online.
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Learning Options Principal Announcement
Dear Learning Options Community,
San José Unified School District is proud to announce the appointment of Mary Ann Sy as the new Principal of Learning Options effective July 1, 2021.
4849 Pearl Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136
Phone: (408) 535-6539