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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Alternative Education

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Welcome to the Alternative Education Programs of the Monterey County Office of Education. We are committed to meeting the needs of the students we serve.

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.

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

The 2016-2017 Local Control Accountability Goals are aligned to the State Priorities

  • Goal 1
    All students, especially language learners, will be engaged in a rigorous and supportive learning environment to prepare them for high school graduation, college and a career.

  • Goal 2
    Adopt and organize evidence-based behavioral interventions to engage students and enhance their academic and social behavior outcomes.

  • Goal 3
    Facilitate the successful transition for expelled youth of Monterey County to and from school districts and Monterey County Office of Education programs.

  • Goal 4
    Support Districts and facilitate transitions for Foster Youth who move to and from different school sites.

Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs)

All Alternative Education Program students will make progress towards becoming:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Chris Devers

Senior Director
Phone: 831.755.6457

Maricela Cruz

Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 831.784.4224

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