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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.


Community Day School

Tulare Community Day School serves sixth through eighth grade students who have demonstrated the need for a controlled environment, individual attention, and distance from the atmosphere of a typical middle school. In addition to emphasizing academic progress, we have designed this 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. We provide assistance to students so that they can make behavioral adjustments. We stress to students that they are accountable for the natural consequences of inappropriate behaviors. We partner with our parents and families, as support is critical for a child's personal growth and success in school.


Support 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. 


Suspension School

A student in fourth through eighth grade who is suspended from his/her school of residence will serve the suspension on the Lincoln Elementary School campus. The suspended student is to report to his/her school office each morning before school begins and pick up assigned work for the day. We will provide bus transportation to the suspension school in the morning and then back to the school at the end of the day at approximately 3:15 p.m. 


Independent Study

We encourage independent study for students who will miss school for five or more days in any period during the year. Independent study requires a signed contract among the school, the student, and parent(s). In order for the work to be assigned on time, please contact the school at least one week prior to the absence. Students must complete all of the assigned work and turn it into the office upon their return to school for grading and accounting purposes.

Alternative Education Team


Don Dargo

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 

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

Luis Jaramillo
Supervisor, Safety & Security
(559) 685-7200

Susana Contreras
Social Worker
(559) 556-4850

Janeen Goree
Lead Teacher, Alt. Ed.  
Teacher, Community Day School

(559) 685-7350

Stephen Celata 
Teacher, Support School
(559) 685-7350 

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

Dominic Quinzon
 
Teacher - Suspension School/Independent Study
(559) 685-7350 

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