Options for Youth opened their San Bernardino campus in 2009 to serve at risk students with an alternative to traditional schools. The school serves students in grades seventh through 12th grades. The curriculum is one that offers independent study as well as small group instructional formats with a dual immersion program that many parents say is the best they have seen.
Along with core subjects, students have the opportunity to participate in various extra curricular activities, sports, and clubs including Mic club, band, dance team, drama club, Fantasy Role Playing Game Club, student council, field trips, community service, prom, chess club, board game club, and sports like bowling, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and kickball. Not all activities are available at each campus.
The main comment that has parents excited is the dual immersion program that is allowing students to become fluent in more than two languages. Most parents are very impressed with the school, staff, and teachers that are truly devoted to the community and to students individually. Students really enjoy going to school and stated the school offers so much more than other schools they have attended.
The Academic Performance Index increased 28 points from the previous year to 681. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are happy with the increase but would like to see the score closer to the state goal.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was below state averages in all grade levels and course. Examples include 46% of 7th graders passed the English exam with the state average at 62%, 9% of 8th graders passed the Algebra I exam with the average at 49%, and 23% of 9th graders passed the biology exam with the state at 60%. Parents are very happy at all with these figures and are working with teachers to improve the numbers.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. Students at the San Bernardino campus did better than the previous year on the exit exams with 82% passing the English exam with the state average at 77% and 73% in math with the state at 84%. Teachers and parents are proud of the increase in the percentage of students that passed the exams.
The school is doing a fair job of providing a quality education and is working on improving their score. It would be a good idea to talk with teachers and parents before enrolling your child.
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Options for Youth – San Bernardino
985A S. E St.
San Bernardino, CA 92408