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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student and public school success.
Strategic campaigns to raise awareness of the overall benefits of education
Improving access to inclusive, equitable, high quality education.
Meeting the emerging needs of the community by providing leadership and support for children, schools, and the greater community.
A premier service organization.
Fostering respectful, supportive, and inclusive work environments within and across branches, departments, clusters, and sites.
The Alternative Education Department provides educational programs for students under court supervision, and who are expelled or who are deficient in credits and have experienced challenges in matriculation in the traditional school settings.
We believe that all our students can be successful. The mission of AED is to treat the needs of the whole youth, ensuring that they grow in our programs with access to an enhanced academic and social skills set, a belief in their ability to succeed, and the knowledge that they have a team to support them.
The Alternative Education Department (AED) provides educational services for students who have been unsuccessful in other educational settings for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to: social, emotional, economic, and legal issues. The Alternative Education Department serves at-risk and incarcerated youth in two types of settings: (1) Juvenile Probation Department facilities – Juvenile Hall, Ranch facilities, and Alternative Collaborative Programs; and (2) Community Schools serving students released from their home districts. AED emphasizes improving students' literacy, numeracy and social skills. AED also provides opportunities for preparation for future employment through job development, Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). All students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Our Course of Studies in the core subject areas address the California Academic Content Standards, and students actively earn credits toward graduation.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Alternative Education Department is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is committed to providing an educational environment that promotes the development of literacy, 21st century skills, resiliency and appropriate social skills that will help our students to have a successful life.
If you attended an Alternative Education Department Court or Community School with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, please contact Norma Bayless for records. The phone number is (408) 573-3214 or email: