Tulare City School District Office

Alternative Education

We understand that some students find it difficult to learn in a traditional school setting.  We believe that, given the right support and opportunity, each student is capable of academic success. Below are programs we offer to assist students to be successful both in and out of school.


The Support School serves kindergarten through eighth-grade students who need a smaller educational setting with behavioral or social support. The goal of Support School is to build a community atmosphere that is highly academic in nature and that places an emphasis on character development for students. Support Schools follows the District "Character Counts" model and integrates the six pillars of character (respect, citizenship, caring, responsibility, fairness, and trustworthiness) into the daily structure. In addition to emphasizing academic progress, we have designed our program to instill a sense of self-worth and accomplishment in our students and to help them develop positive behaviors both in and out of school. 




TCSD Parent/Guardian, you have the option to enroll your child in the Tulare City School District’s Independent Study Program for the 2021-2022 school years.  Our Independent Study guidelines post-COVID-19 have changed a little in order to meet the guidelines set by state statute.  We will no longer be offering Short-term, Mid-term, and Long-term options for Independent Study.  Our options for the 2021-2022 school year is as follows:

Short-Term Independent Study:  For students who will not be able to attend in-person learning from a period of 3 school days to 15 school days.  This Independent Study is overseen by school administration and the work is gathered and corrected by the teacher of record upon the student’s return.

Long-Term Independent Study:  For students who will not be able to attend in-person learning for a period of more than 15 school days.  Students will be referred to Vicki Stewart and/or Ira Porchia to be placed in Long-term Independent Study.  Independent study will have synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  TK-3 grades will have 45 minutes of daily synchronous instruction and approximately 4 hours of asynchronous instruction.  4th-8th grade will have 45 minutes of daily live interaction with a teacher, and weekly synchronous instruction for 45 minutes.  In addition, there will be a minimum of 4 hours per day of asynchronous instruction assigned.  
Please contact your school administrator to schedule a parent conference if you would like to enroll your child into the program or call Ira Porchia at 559-685-7379 if you have questions about the program.

Alternative Education Team

Greg Anderson

Site Director / Principal

(559) 685-7350

Philip Pierschbacher 
Asst. Superintendent, Personnel
(559) 685-7227 

Ira Porchia
Director, Child Welfare & Safety

(559) 685-7200 

Michelle Zavaleta
Director, Psychological Services

(559) 685-7200 

Joel Robertson

Supervisor, Child Welfare & Attendance
(559) 685-7200

Luis Jaramillo
Supervisor, Safety & Security

(559) 685-7200

Susana Contreras
Social Worker
(559) 556-4850

Laurel Dominguez
Teacher, Support School
(559) 685-7350

Jordyn Gendreau
Teacher, Support School
(559) 685-7350 

Vicki Stewart
Teacher, Independent Study
(559) 467-4631