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Alternative Education

teacher and high school students

Mission Statement

The mission of the Alternative Education Program of the Monterey County Office of Education is to prepare our students for future success by providing a supportive school environment that focuses on increasing academic and pro-social behaviors and skills, while providing functional life skills instruction. We respect and value the unique contributions of each of our students and our role in assisting them in becoming responsible, stable, and contributing members of society.

MCOE Alternative Programs

901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA 93901
Telephone: 831.754.4225 | Fax: 831.758.9410

Ernesto Vela, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.1405

Victoria Sorensen
Senior Director, Alternative Programs
Phone: 831.784.4223

Debra Brau
Educational Administrator
Student Services
Phone: 831.755.0300 x1031

Nubia Padilla
Court and Community Schools
Phone: 831.755.0300 x1299

Maricela Cruz
Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 831.784.4224

Mike Kim
Program Coordinator I
Phone: 831.755.0300 x1226

Pegi Van Der Meulen
Program Specialist
Alternative Education Programs
Phone: 831.783.5284

Alberto Chipoco
School Secretary
Records Requests 
Phone: 831.755.0300 x1290
Se habla Español

Laura Amezcua
Educational Liaison II
Registration and Requests for Participation
Phone: 831.784.4228

Jocelynn Rios
Educational Liaison II
Registration and Records Requests
Phone: 831.783.5285

Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs) School-wide Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

All Alternative Education Program students will make progress towards becoming:

Engaged learners who:

  • Demonstrate growth in reading, writing, and the application of mathematical concepts.
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written expression.
  • Think critically by evaluating, analyzing and synthesizing information for life-long learning.

Productive members of society who:

  • Demonstrate tolerance and positive interpersonal relationships within diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate skills for constructive, non-violent conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrate successful daily living skills.

Career focused individuals who:

  • Demonstrate technological skills to enhance learning.
  • Develop occupational skills for success in the workplace.
  • Learn the importance of ethics, integrity and global responsibilities.

Strategic Priorities

The Alternative Education Programs mission is deliberately and fully aligned to the Strategic Priorities of the Monterey County Office of Education: