Educational Alternatives for Dublin Students
Valley High School:
VHS is a WASC accredited, Model Continuation High School. VHS offers students smaller class sizes, a comprehensive academic program, two diploma options (230/200) and extensive personal and career counseling services. This high school supports students working at their own pace and taking ownership of their Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) in preparation for post secondary options. Valley High School is a viable option for students who are not succeeding at the traditional high school. Students must be 16 years old to attend VHS and may register concurrently for a maximum of two classes at Dublin High School. VHS also offers a test-prep class for CAHSEE, GED and CHSPE skills.
Dublin offers an independent study program through both Dublin High School and Valley Continuation High School as well as Fallon Middle School and Wells Middle School. Students apply through an application process at their respective schools. The decision for approval is based on individual circumstances and the ability to work independently. Once students enter the QUEST program, students are assigned a teacher and meet one hour a week with their teacher to complete course work in academic and elective areas. Students may also register concurrently for a maximum of two classes at DHS while in QUEST if they are not under a suspended expulsion order.
Dublin Adult School:
The Dublin Adult School offers a Diploma program for High School. Students who have failed a class at Dublin High School or Valley High School may remediate the course through this program which is held in the evening. The Diploma program meets similar to Independent Study for one hour a week. Students must adhere to the strict timeliness of the program and attend class and submit all written work weekly in order to remain in the program and receive credit. If students do not graduate from one of the two high schools, they are referred directly to Dublin Adult School to complete their high school diploma.
This is a short-term program designed to accommodate students who have serious physical or mental health issues. Upon determining the setting is appropriate, the student is assigned a home teacher for 5 hours per week. This teacher coordinates school work with the school of origin and assists the student in maintaining progress until the student can return to school.
Transfer to another school within the district:
Students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade may be placed at another school in the district. We utilize a district adopted administrative transfer process for this. Sometimes, due to safety, or discipline reasons students need a fresh start and a transfer allows them to begin again.
DUSD offers a home schooling program. Students apply through an application process at their respective schools. Home schooling allows for parents/guardians to work with a credentialed teacher to implement district approved, state adopted curriculum. In this program, the parent/guardian is the primary instructor and requires that all participants sign a contract.
Online Program For Students (OPS):
DUSD has adopted and modified the curriculum from the Odysseyware™ online program to meet DUSD standards and course requirements. This program is operated through our QUEST independent study program and our home schooling program, grades 3-12, in addition to the more traditional means of doing independent/home study. High school students can access the OPS courses by way of application for credit through their school counselors. The OPS program also offers a GED prep program. Students access the course work electronically from anywhere that is internet connected and meet with a teacher weekly to review work, take tests, and grade essays.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities are evaluated to determine placement in the least restrictive environment. If a student has an educational need that substantially interferes with a major life activity, they are provided with appropriate accommodations or services through a Section 504 Accommodation Plan. If a student has more significant educational needs they are evaluated to determine eligibility for special education. Based on the development of an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), the student is either served in the Special Education Resource Specialist program or has available a full continuum of service(s) and/or placement options through the Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan area.
(For Expelled and High-Risk Students)
In certain expulsion cases a decision is made to suspend enforcement of the student’s expulsion and allow the student to remain in the district, sometimes at a different school site, or be placed in an alternative setting within our school district. These decisions are determined on a case-by-case basis, and placement recommendations are made in light of the incident, the student’s background and history, and any safety issues that are of concern. During the term of the suspended enforcement of the School Board’s expulsion order, the student is on probationary status, and must follow all conditions set by the rehabilitation plan to continue in attendance. If these are violated, the suspension of enforcement of the expulsion is revoked, and the student is then referred to the County program. The following programs and/or school locations are what we have to work with aside from the traditional school settings.
Students who are expelled from the Dublin Unified School District are referred to the appropriate Alameda County Community School program.