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Juvenile Court Schools

Juvenile court schools provide public education for individuals who are incarcerated in facilities run by counties. These schools are located in juvenile halls, homes, ranches, and camps. They are also located in day centers and regional youth educational centers.

Youths who are under the authority of the juvenile court system must attend school. They also must take all educational tests required by the state. These schools offer these students a course of study that leads to a high school diploma.

Most students from ages sixteen to eighteen who are released by a juvenile court must continue their public education. Students who are released by a court are often provided with services that help them transfer and adjust to a regular public school.

The California Department of Education helps county offices of education meet funding, program, and facility requirements for these schools.

  • For more information about juvenile court schools, contact your county office of education.
  • The Juvenile Court Schools - CalEdFacts page provides more detailed information about juvenile court schools.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with juvenile court schools.

Program Information

These schools, under the protection or authority of the juvenile court system, provide an educational program that meets the needs of students who have been incarcerated in juvenile halls or placed in group homes, ranches, camps, day centers, or regional youth facilities, as well as students who have been expelled from their home district schools because of a status offense or other infraction or behavior governed by the Welfare and Institution Code or California Education Code (EC). County boards of education administer and operate the Juvenile Court Schools authorized by EC sections 48645-48645.6. A minimum school day for Juvenile Court Schools is 240 minutes (EC Section 48645.3). Funding is provided by the state General Fund and is included in the annual apportionment to county offices of education.


Contact Information

Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office
Brian Uslan, Education Programs Consultant

Questions: Brian Uslan | | 916-323-2562 
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