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Diploma Plus High Schools

A Diploma Plus high school is a special type of public school. These schools are small and are based on an alternative school model developed by a private corporation. They are designed to help students who have not been successful in regular high schools. These students may have dropped out of school or they may still be enrolled, but struggling, in a traditional high school.

Diploma Plus high schools must meet all state graduation requirements. Students who graduate from these schools earn a high school diploma. They also gain strong academic and life skills, work experience, and college credits.

The California Department of Education provides technical support for Diploma Plus high schools.

  • For more information about the nationwide Diploma Plus initiative, visit the Diploma Plus Web page.
  • The Diploma Plus High Schools - CalEdFacts page provides additional information about Diploma Plus high schools.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with Diploma Plus high schools.

Program Information

Diploma Plus high schools provide students with high academic standards and career development to support a meaningful vocational and academic future. Diploma Plus high schools are performance-driven high schools that serve students in two-to-four or more years of educational services.

  • Program Summary
    Information on program purpose, services, outcomes, funding, students served, and results.
  • Diploma Plus High Schools - CalEdFacts
    Part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.


Contact Information

Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office
Dan Sackheim, Education Programs Consultant

Questions: Dan Sackheim | | 916-445-5595 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 18, 2014

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