Welcome to Charter Alternative Programs, a recognized leader in California for providing a variety of outstanding educational school programs for families. Our programs provide tailored options for individual student and family goals. The Charter Alternative Programs are part of the El Dorado County Office of Education, a pioneer in providing dynamic educational options for students, including establishing our program as the first county charter school in California’s history. We continually research and develop ways in which to present and assess engaging, rigorous academic curricula that meet California’s distinguished standards.
Our staff and families realize that there are many ways to provide an excellent education, including the traditional classroom model, independent study or hybrid models, distance learning, home instruction, or programs in combination. We offer these alternatives for families in structured plans that provide the finest instruction through the use of credentialed, highly qualified teachers; outstanding curriculum; and the innovative use of technology. All are provided in supportive, safe educational settings in which communication and partnership with families are always a priority. We also extend real and relevant learning through our close association with many educational and community partners, including Folsom Lake College and Regional Occupational Programs.
Our programs have received prestigious awards, including being selected as a California “Educational Options Best Practices” program in the area of Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Technology, as well as being awarded a state-wide Dissemination Grant so that aspects of our quality programs can be shared with other schools. After a thorough review of its programs and practices by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Charter Community School was awarded another six-year term of accreditation, the longest available. The accreditation serves as formal recognition that our programs have met rigorous, research-based standards in all of the essential elements of a quality and effective school.
The Charter Extended Day program was developed in 1984 to respond to the working parents’ need for quality child care. Located on school campuses, Extended Day provides child care before, during, and after school, as well as school vacations or intersession times with sufficient interest. The programs allow children to go back and forth from school to child care without transportation by the parent. While in this safe, supervised environment, children participate in a variety of educationally enriched activities.
On behalf of our entire staff, welcome. We look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education.