Small Learning Communities
Options schools are designed to provide students a smaller, more personalized education supported by knowledgeable, supportive educators working collaboratively. The Options schools’ strength is their focus on individualized instruction which includes open entry; relevant, rigorous, standard-based instruction; high expectations; and competency-based teaching and learning.
Students may enroll at an Options school any time throughout the school year. This continuous enrollment format allows students to begin, continue, and complete classes at any time during the year.
Relevant, rigorous, standards-based instruction
Through individualized instruction, directed teaching, small learning groups, exhibitions, and project-based learning, students receive a relevant, rigorous, standards-based instruction.
Options students are consistently expected to meet the same rigorous levels of competency as students in traditional schools.
Competency-based teaching and learning
Because student work is competency-based, students do not complete a course until they successfully demonstrate an understanding of the California course standards. Options schools do not issue failing marks. Options schools provide students with personalizing teaching and learning, allowing each student the amount of instructional time needed to learn the California course standards.