Options for Youth opened their Victorville Charter School campus in 1993 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. The student population is diverse with 45% Hispanic, 33% White, 13% African American, 1% Asian, and 7% unspecified.
Along with core subjects, students have the opportunity to participate in various extra curricular activities, sports, and clubs including chess club, board game club, Mic club, band, dance team, drama club, Fantasy Role Playing Game Club, student council, field trips, community service, prom, and sports like bowling, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and kickball. Not all activities are available at each campus.
Parents love the way the students can work at their own pace and work toward obtaining their high school diploma. Several students stated that at their last school they were always having issues with bullies, but not here. They also stated that only is the school safe but all the teachers are very nice and respectful. The personal attention students receive is at the top of the list for both parents and students. The community is great and everyone works together, expressed some parents.
The Academic Performance Index increased 33 points from the previous year to 675. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are happy but stated that the school still has a way to go to meet the statewide goal, but teachers and staff are working hard to increase the score yearly.
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 across the board in all grade levels and courses.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. Students at the Victorville Charter School did fair with 78% passing the English exam with the state average at 83% and 69% in math with the state at 84%. Parents would like to see the percentages even more but are glad that the percentages are better than previous years.
The school is doing a good job when you talk with most parents and students. It would be a good idea to visit the school to ensure the environment is one in which your child will excel.
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Options for Youth – Victorville Charter School
199 S. Los Robles Ave., Ste. 700
Pasadena, CA 91101