School Options

School Options Program is a unique, flexible, and completely individualized approach to helping students achieve academically and become the best learners they can

The traditional school works for most kids, but research tells us that about 30 percent of any population has some degree of difficulty with reading or school. For this and a variety of other reasons, school just isn’t working for some students.

Students with learning and attention challenges can and should become good readers, good learners, and confident, independent young people. The Stowell Learning Center School Options Program is committed to helping students grades K – 12 to be successful in school and in life.

Therapy-Based School Option:

Full-time students attend a minimum of 4 hours per day, typically for one to two years for the purpose of developing strong underlying learning skills and bringing basic academic skills in reading, spelling, writing, and math up to grade level.

The goal is to get the student fully prepared to return to traditional education with the skills and confidence to be successful in the regular classroom.

Part-time students attend part of their day at the learning center and part of their day in a regular or home school program.

Home School Option:

Many parents opt to homeschool their children who are struggling in school, but find they need guidance in what curriculum to use and how to best work with their child.

Students attend a minimum of one hour per week per class. Parents are given guidance and materials to use at home on days when the student is not at the learning center.

The goal of this program is to develop strong underlying learning skills and bring reading, writing, spelling, and math skills to grade level so that the student can continue homeschooling or return to tradition education without struggles.

The homeschooling option helps families financially but places much more of the responsibility for the child’s education on the parent. Homeschooling requires consistency and structure. We are happy to coach parents on organizing their school day and techniques for working with their child.

High School Diploma Option:

This is for students who want to earn a diploma, but are not succeeding in tradition high school programs. The goal of this program is to correct students’ learning challenges and help them successfully complete classes needed to graduate from high school with a diploma.

Students will attend a minimum of four hours per day. They will receive elective credit for cognitive/educational therapy classes as well as remedial classes needed. Credits earned at other high schools will be accepted.

Students may earn a high school diploma from the Stowell Learning Center School Options Program by completing and passing the following set of 13 courses required by the state of California, each having the duration of one year unless otherwise specified:

  • Three courses in English
  • Two courses in mathematics, including one year of Algebra
  • Two courses in science, including biological and physical sciences
  • Three courses in social studies, including United States history and geography; world history, culture, and geography; a one-semester course in American government and civics, and a one-semester course in economics.
  • One course in visual or performing arts or foreign language.
  • Two courses in physical education

Students must earn a total of 220 credits to graduate with a diploma from the Stowell Learning Center School Options High School Program. The additional credits may be obtained through electives that include therapy-based classes, independent study courses, classes in areas of student need or interest, and community college courses.
Students graduating from the School Options Program may not be eligible to go directly to a four-year university.

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