Cutler Orosi Joint Unified School District offers Esperanza Independent Studies, a program for students needing an alternative school setting, additional credits to remain at their home school, and or if family financial needs require the student to work to help support the family. Esperanza is another resource for students from the other district schools to continue their education and to supplement any needed credit recovery. We are proud that Esperanza High School was WASC accredited in 2014, which makes it possible for students to graduate from Esperanza, apply for financial aide, and receive a high school diploma.
Esperanza has a principal, learning director and secretary shared with the Alternative high school. All Esperanza teachers -- two PM teachers and one teacher who works during the school day -- are Resource Teachers, so are able to serve a wide range of student needs.
In order to maintain a sense of equity, we have made sure that all curriculum used by teachers is the same as that which the high school, the alternative high school and the other district sites use. Teachers and staff communicate to the principal any attendance, discipline and other issues they may have with students. Our determination is to help support students with their educational goals. We have maintained other available resources for student achievement as well, including access to computers for Cyber High and student research and concurrent enrollment.
The Esperanza curriculum is the same as that of the the alternative school and high school, so students coming to alternative schools can transit to and back from their home schools without too much interruption.
Students are required to meet one or two days a week with their teachers and are provided one week's work. Students are required to turn in 100% of the assigned work the week after they meet with their teacher. All students have to sign a master agreement when they enter the program. Attendance is given for the assigned work that the student turns in to the teacher on a weekly basis.
Esperanza offers CORE curriculum in:
Intervention English and Math classes
The school offers multiple ways for students to work on credit recovery such as:
work experience credit for electives
* This independent study program is on a referral basis.