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Opportunity Education

Serves students who are habitually truant, irregular in attendance, in need of behavioral supports, academically unsuccessful, or in need of a smaller and more individualized learning environment.

Opportunity Education provides a supportive environment with specialized curriculum, instruction, guidance and counseling, psychological services, and tutorial assistance to help students overcome barriers to learning. It should not be viewed as a permanent placement for resistant learners but as a short-term intervention to ensure that students will succeed when they return to their regular classrooms.

Program Summary
Information on program purpose, services, outcomes, funding, students served, and results.

Opportunity School, Class, and Program Guidelines
Provides definitions and statutory requirements, and information on class size, curriculum and classroom learning strategies, counseling and guidance component, transition strategies, and guidelines for new Opportunity programs.

Opportunity Education Email List
Join the Opportunity Education listserv to receive timely information about the establishment and operation of opportunity education programs.

Opportunity Education - 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.


Resources for Educational Options Programs
Provides links for additional information to support academic and social-emotional development and youth engagement in schools.

Behavioral Interventions Strategies and Support
Research on student engagement, academic success, dropout and graduation rates has shown the need to replace punitive discipline practices.

Questions: Dan Sackheim | | 916-445-5595 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 19, 2024