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Court / Community Schools

Nicole Rocha
Administrator
(559) 651-2904
nrocha@tcoe.org


The Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) services high-risk youth in its Court/Community Schools. Tulare County operates five separate community schools in addition to the Youth Facility Court School (Boot Camp) and Juvenile Detention Facility Court School. On a daily basis, the Court/Community Schools have approximately 500 students enrolled but will serve several multiples of that figure in one school year. This is due to the high transiency of students through individual programs.

TCOE Court/Community Schools serve those referred students ranging from seventh through twelfth grades who are either expelled, adjudicated or incarcerated. TCOE currently operates two community school sites to serve group homes.

Court/Community Schools
The adjudicated/incarcerated student category is considered high-risk because of the overlapping of juvenile offenders, those at risk for school failure, and children who have various disabilities. Low academic achievement and performance, teen parent status, physical/sexual abuse, chemical dependence, and school expulsion are some of the challenges these students face. These high-risk students are referred to Court/Community Schools by the Juvenile Court, the Probation Department, schools districts, and other public agencies.

TCOE Court/Community Schools are chartered to provide high-risk students an alternative educational setting where they can develop the social, academic, and life skills to be transitioned successfully back to their home schools or to complete the general equivalency diploma (GED).

Volunteer work opportunities are available at many sites, strengthening positive experiences with the community and exposing students to practical career options. Job placement support from SEE, C-SET, and JTPA are also provided at school sites.

Special features of Court/Community Schools include:
  • Individualized programs that accommodate the age range and subject requirements of students.
  • Modern facilities designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth.
  • Opportunity for vocational training, possible part-time work experience and labor market counseling.
  • Counseling for students and their families in the areas of substance abuse, anger management, gangs and violence prevention.
  • Specialized curriculum to teach the CHARACTER COUNTS! program. This innovative and exemplary program teaches students to make better decisions by teaching responsibility, trustworthiness, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.
  • Working To Independence Program. A program that teaches work ethics to those interested in assisting severely handicapped children in a M.O.V.E. program.
  • Additional school day on Saturdays for court school students.

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs)
A hard copy of either of these reports is available upon request by contacting Nicole Rocha at (559) 651-2904, or by email at nrocha@tcoe.org.
Economic Impact Aid (EIA) Funding
School Nutrition Programs

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Tulare County Office of Education
Educational Options
2101 North Shirk Road, Visalia, CA 93291

Nicole Rocha, Administrator
(559) 651-2904 • fax: (559) 651-3650



Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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