About LACOE's Juvenile Court Schools
LACOE's Juvenile Court Schools:
- Offer individualized teaching and support to young people who have been removed from their homes and schools due to delinquency or residential placements.
- Provide educational services to some 1,200 students daily at 11 sites that include juvenile halls, probation camps and a residential treatment program.
- Feature LACOE's award-winning Road To Success Academies model of instruction that engages youth in thematic, interdisciplinary learning.
- Are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Credits and diplomas earned in JCS are accepted at all high schools, colleges and universities.
- Have the primary mission of improving the literacy skills of all students, as these skills are the gateway to learning, employment and full engagement as a citizen.
Juvenile Court School students:
- Ensure that students have full access to the state's standards-based curriculum that will lead to high school graduation. Provide the special support students need to succeed in meeting the curriculum standards.
- Most enter the system with serious gaps in their education and poor academic skills. They spend an average of three to six months in JCS.
- About 40 percent enter JCS reading at or below the fourth-grade level and are functionally illiterate. Most will become independent readers before they leave JCS.
- At least one-third have learning and other disabilities.
How We Achieve Goals for Students
- At least 30 to 40 percent are English learners.
- Immediate and follow-up assessment of academic and special education needs.
- Engaging students in project-based learning focused on themes that address academic and mental health needs, incorporating activities to promote self-esteem and empower youth to make positive choices and behavior change.
- Designing and implementing Individualized Education Plans for students with special needs and Individual Learning Plans for regular education students.
- Small classes — maximum 17-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio.
- Intensive reading and math instruction supported by after-school tutoring.
- Support from a credentialed, skilled team of teachers, instructional aides, counselors, administrators and other staff who are dedicated to serving a challenging population of students.
- Transition counseling to promote a successful return to the community.
- Career/vocational training, including: construction trades, culinary arts, electrical and auto repair.
- Offering testing for a high school equivalency certificate to 500-700 eligible students each year. About 60 percent of these students earn the credential while in JCS.
- Enrolling eligible students in college courses via distance and online learning opportunities.