Options for Youth opened their San Juan campus in 1999 to serve at risk students. 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. The school offers a safe learning environment where students can set goals and have the support they need to succeed. The student population is diverse with 50% White, 18% Hispanic, 15% unspecified, 11% African American, 1% American Indian, and 1% Filipino.
Along with core subjects, students have the opportunity to participate in various sports, extra curricular activities, and clubs including prom, chess club, board game club, Mic club, band, dance team, student council, field trips, community service, 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.
The majority of parents stated that their children were struggling in school before enrolling them at Options for Youth, where they are now enjoying attending school. Several students said that the school has a safe environment and no bullying at all, which made them want to go to school. Other students said that teachers treat them like real people and want to hear their opinion, which makes learning more enjoyable. Parents and students alike recommend the school for anyone that is having issues at a traditional school.
The Academic Performance Index declined 2 points from the previous year to 673. The statewide goal is 800. Parents did not seem upset with this drop at all, since their children are doing so much better at this school than previous schools.
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 average except for 40% 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 Juan did fair on the exit exams with 78% passing the English exam with the state average at 83% and 67% in math with the state at 84%.
The school is providing students with a safe and caring learning environment to help them obtain their high school diploma. If you have any concerns, it would be a good idea to visit the school before enrollment.
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Options for Youth – San Juan
199 S. Los Robles Ave., Ste. 700
Pasadena, CA 91101