What is the Opportunity Education Program?
Opportunity Education provides a supportive environment with specialized curriculum, instruction, guidance, and counseling; psychological services; and tutorial assistance to help students overcome barriers to learning. Opportunity Education schools, classes, and programs are designed to support students who are habitually truant and/or irregular in attendance, need to unlearn other negative behaviors, or are unsuccessful academically. Opportunity Education is not a permanent placement but a short-term intervention to ensure that students will succeed when they return to their regular classrooms. The intent is always to provide as much instruction as possible within the traditional class environment, with the balance of the day in opportunity instruction.
Opportunity Education schools, classes, and programs provide additional support for students who are habitually truant from instruction, irregular in attendance, insubordinate, disorderly while in attendance, or unsuccessful academically. They are operated either by school districts or county offices of education.
Opportunity Education schools, classes, and programs provide a supportive environment with specialized curriculum, instruction, guidance and counseling, psychological services, and tutorial assistance to help students overcome barriers to learning. Opportunity Education should not be viewed as a holding place for resistant learners, but as an intervention to ensure student success. It provides comprehensive academic programs that facilitate positive self-esteem, confidence, and personal growth with the goal of helping students return to traditional classes and programs. The laws specific to Opportunity Education are in California Education Code sections 46180 and 48640 et seq.
For more information about the Opportunity Program visit the California Department of Education website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/oe/