Evergreen High School, Yosemite Adult School, Campbell Community Day School, and the Educational Options Office have all moved this summer from the west end of Yosemite High School’s campus to the old district office area on the east side of the campus near Badger Stadium.
“This is more than just a physical move,” said Director/Principal of Alternative Education Randy Haggard. “We want students to be able to move on different paths with greater access to extra curricular activities, a full rigorous curriculum, making sure they have access to a-g requirements but also making sure the family’s needs are met.”
Evergreen High School students will be able to take classes on the YHS campus this year, according to Haggard. In addition, for the second year, students at schools of choice which include Evergreen, Foothill and Raymond Granite High School will be able to participate in YHS sports.
“They will have to meet all requirements in terms of eligibility,” just as other district students must, said Alternative Education Secretary/Registrar Lawna Porter.
A digital online program, Edgenuity, will provide students a chance to choose from some 25 academic and elective courses this year in addition to the classroom instruction they receive.
Haggard sees the relocation of Evergreen, Yosemite Adult School, Campbell Community Day School, and the Educational Options Offices as a chance for students to see the opportunity to make a “fresh start.”
He sees the move lending itself to increased rigor in curriculum and additional options that, in turn, will create an increased demand for the various alternative education opportunities offered by the Yosemite Unified School District.
In addition to location changes, there are also staffing changes. Amy Weigel who has been teaching on the YHS campus will be teaching at Evergreen this year and Ashley Green is moving from a campus supervisor position at Coarsegold Elementary School to a paraeducator position at Campbell Community Day School.
Academic counselors Stephanie Samuels and Greg Hill will continue to provide counseling support to alternative education students as well as serving students on the YHS campus.