Alternative Education


Santa Rosa High School prides itself on recognizing and appreciating that not every kid thrives best in a comprehensive high school setting.   With this knowledge, counselors are trained to look outside the “traditional” box and work with students and their families on finding the setting that may allow them to be most successful in attaining a high school diploma. 


SRCS Alternative Settings

Santa Rosa City Schools has a few Alternative School Settings Sites.  Please review this information on the various options.  After reading the information, please contact your student’s counselor for an appointment to discuss choices or answer more in-depth questions.  In the Alt Ed Attachment below, please note that MESA is no longer in existence and therefore not an option for an alternative setting.  


Non-SRCS Alternative Settings

Charter Schools

Each has its own philosophy, site, and personality.  It is important to visit and to speak to representatives prior to choosing a school for your child.  This site is a list of Charter Schools within Sonoma County including contact information: 


Conservation Corps North Bay

Conservation Corps North Bay is the oldest youth conservation corps in the country. Serving Marin and Sonoma Counties since 1982, CCNB has helped more than 12,000 young men and women break the cycle of poverty through education and job skills, while serving the environment and community.

The environment. Our youth. Both vulnerable, both requiring nurture. We believe in the untapped potential of both. And we’re committed to preparing, cultivating and nurturing each so they can flourish, and our community can enjoy a successful, healthy future.

Joining CCNB gives them the opportunity to:

      • Complete high school, via an onsite charter school.
      • Access counseling, career guidance and other self-management skills.
      • Receive scholarships.
      • Work on critical local environmental projects, learning about conservation and connectivity.
      • Learn real, certified skills that they can take to the workplace.
      • Receive a paycheck



Phone Contact: (415) 454-4554


Grizzly Youth Academy (GYA):

Grizzly Youth Academy (GYA) is a partnership between the California National Guard and the Grizzly Challenge Charter School. For youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who have dropped out of high school, or are at-risk of dropping out, we offer a highly-structured environment that promotes leadership, cooperation, and academic skills, while building self-esteem, pride, and confidence.

Once accepted into the program, cadets are introduced to the military structure, participate in team building activities, practice making healthy choices, attend school daily, gain organizational and study skills, participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, and receive the support they need to turn their lives around.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program is voluntary. Young men and women who apply must be committed to completing the 22-week residential phase and the 12-month post-residential phase.

Tuition, room and board, and books are provided at no cost to the family. Cadets must bring a few basic essential items (underwear, shoes, sweats, toiletries, grooming essentials and other personal items). The rest is provided.

Grizzly Youth Academy is funded primarily through the Federal government and State of California. Additional funding is provided by grants and donations.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe experience has transformed the lives of over 113,000 youth. The changes are powerful, impacting not only the graduates but rippling out to touch their families and communities.


YouthBuild Santa Rosa

Goal: This year YouthBuild Santa Rosa will provide 20-50 youth age 16-24 who are undereducated and unemployed with a chance to complete their diplomas, learn construction skills, and overcome barriers that are keeping them down, while building affordable housing.

The Facility: Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County rents a “store front” school room in a strip mall on Sebastopol Road between Goodwill and an empty grocery store. In the building we have a construction lab, a classroom, a computer lab, and several counseling and small group activity areas.

The Population: As of November 2005 YouthBuild Santa Rosa has 17 enrollees. Two are parents, three are young women, the remainder are young men. All are between 16-24 and have not completed their High School diplomas. Another seven young people half have completed the construction component and are working at finishing their education and holding down jobs in the community


Testing Options

California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE): 

The CHSPE is a test that, if passed, is equivalent to a high school diploma in the state of California.  Students need only be 16 or be in the second half of their sophomore year to register for the test.  The test costs $100.00 and is given three times a year at Sonoma County Office of Education.  If a student passes the test, and the student and his/her parents approve, the student would be able to drop SRHS as a graduate and no longer attend high school.  Note:  the student is not a SRHS graduate, but a state of CA graduate; therefore, the student will not participate in SRHS graduation. It is recommended that students who take the CHSPE also take the GED when they turn 18.

General Education Diploma (GED): 

The GED is a test, if passed, is equivalent to a high school diploma anywhere in the United States.  Students must be 18 to enroll for the test which is given regularly at SRJC at Plover Hall.  SRJC also has test practice classes to prepare for the exam.  To enroll in these classes, students can not be concurrently enrolled in a high school.  Once a student passes the GED, they no longer need to attend high school.  Proof of passing the test must be brought into the counseling office in order to drop a student from high school.  Parent permission is not necessary as the student is an adult.  For more information on the GED and enrolling in the SRJC practice course, please visit the links below.