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Providing educational options for students.

Alternative Education Options

The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office operates the following alternative education options for eligible students:

  • Community School (Middle and High School)
  • Independent Study
  • Court School (Gold Ridge Educational Center)

Graduation Requirements

TCSOS Alternative Education High School Graduation Requirements

Required Courses and Credits:

  • English (grade 9, 10, 11, 12) – 40 credits
  • Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Physical Science (Earth Science) – 10 credits
  • Biological Science (Life Science) – 10 credits
  • World History Geography – 10 credits
  • United States History – 10 credits
  • American Government – 5 credits


• Physical science and biological science courses offered through Alternative Education do not include a lab science component, and do not meet UC/CSU A-G requirements.
• At least one mathematics course, or a combination of the two mathematics courses required for completion in grades 9 – 12, shall meet or exceed state academic standards for Algebra I or Integrated Math I.
• Completion, prior to grade 9, of algebra coursework that meets or exceeds state academic content standards shall satisfy the algebra coursework requirement, but shall not exempt a student from the requirement to complete two mathematics course in grades 9 – 12.
Policy Reference: BP 5127, BP6146.1

  • Economics – 5 credits
  • Fine Arts/World Language/Career Tech Ed – 10 credits
  • Physical Education – 20 credits
  • Life Skills including Health – 10 credits
  • Career Tech Ed – 10 credits
  • Electives – 60 credits
    Total Credits for Graduation – 220 credits

Tuolumne Learning Center

Tuolumne Learning Center
610 S. Washington Street Sonora, CA 95370

Community School (Grades 6 – 12)

The purpose of County Community School is to provide an education to students who are referred by a School Attendance Review Board or by probation, homeless/sheltered, or expelled from their school of residence. County Community School’s educational programs are characteristically student-centered and adapted to meet individual needs. In addition to credit recovery, students are provided independent life skills, positive self-concepts, counseling, and effective relationships with others.

  • Students attend for a maximum of two semesters before returning to their home school.
  • The instructional day is 240 minutes (4 hours) of instruction 7:45 am – 12:00 pm, daily during the school year (August – June).
  • Three full time teachers/counselors staff the Community School program from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm.
  • An average of 12 students, grades 6 – 12, are served annually (1:4 teacher/student ratio).


Independent Study

The County Schools Office offers an independent study program for eligible students. Independent Study students meet at least once a week, one on one, with an instructor for 2 hours.