Options for Youth opened their San Gabriel campus in 1996 to serve at risk students with a quality education. 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. The student population is diverse with 59% Hispanic, 26% White, 6% African American, 1% Filipino, 1% American Indian, 1% Asian, and 6% unspecified.
Along with core subjects, students have the opportunity to participate in various extra curricular activities, sports, and clubs including Mic club, band, dance team, student council, field trips, community service, prom, chess club, board game club, drama club, Fantasy Role Playing Game Club, and sports like bowling, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and kickball. Not all activities are available at each campus.
Most parents are very happy with the school, however a few parents expressed the school is not for students that wish to attend college upon graduation. However, it is an awesome school for students that need to catch up on credits in order to graduate. The school offers a variety of programs and activities to help students feel a part of their community and become productive members of society. Students expressed the teachers are the best they have ever had.
The Academic Performance Index increased 42 points from the previous year to 691. The statewide goal is 800. Parents were very excited with the huge jump in the academic growth.
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 all below state averages in all grades and subjects except for 32% of 11th graders passing the World History exam with the state average at 18%.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. Students at the San Gabriel campus did very well with the exit exam with 85% passing the English exam with the state average at 69% and 73% in math with the state at 84%. Both of these were higher than the number that passed the exam the previous year so teachers and parents were very pleased with the students.
Options for Youth at the San Gabriel Campus is doing a fair job of providing students with the tools needed to receive their high school diploma. To ensure the learning environment is right for your child, you should take a tour before enrolling your child.
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Options for Youth – San Gabriel
199 S. Los Robles Ave., Ste. 700
Pasadena, CA 91101