Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the Alternative Education Programs of the Monterey County Office of Education. 

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.

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Fusing together services to support students towards success

The infographic offers a representation of the services that surround and support students towards academic success. At the center is our student, surrounded by five focus areas: Instruction, Enrichment, Leadership, Family, and Support. Through stakeholder meetings, areas of goals, outcomes, and actions were further expanded to create a comprehensive network of support to help students attain success in each step of their educational journey.

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School-wide Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

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

The Alternative Education Programs of the Monterey County Office of Education do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, enrollment of students, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our student programs, parent groups, staff, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.


Chris Devers

Senior Director
Phone: 831.755.6457

Maricela Cruz

Administrative Assistant III
Phone: 831.784.4224

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