Correctional Education

​​Rick Martin, Director​
Phone: (714) 558-8220​​​

Vicki Deming, Executive Assistant
Phone: (714)836-3380

Kirk Anderson, Program Administrator
Phone: (714) 935-7651

Margo Watanabe, Sr School Admin Assistant 
Phone: (714) 935-7651
Correctional Education Juvenile Court Schools include:

Juv​enile Justice Institutions
Day Centers · Group Homes and Social Service Institutions (county-operated). Students are referred to Juvenile Court Schools by Probation, Social Services, or the Attendance Review Board. The State of California makes every effort to continue the education of each child with the long-term goal of reaffirming their abilities and renewing a sense of responsibility to the community. Recent research was conducted to profile such students, enabling ACCESS programs to serve them better.

The average student is 15 years of age, in the tenth grade, and a minority male. Trends show an increase in female and middle school-age students with low basic academic skill levels. Correctional education students often display skills well below grade level in most subjects and generally are behind in credits required for high school graduation. Often students come from families that lack the resources needed to successfully meet educational and life goals.
Students generally display behavioral problems that result in serious consequences such as truancies, expulsions, and court records. Involvement in gangs, substance abuse, and/or criminal records often plays a part in the lives of the youth in this category.
 
Juvenile Justice Institutions
Students educated through this program are delinquent, at-risk, and incarcerated youth who are detained at one of four detention and treatment facilities. The four schools located in the following institutions operate under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974: Orange County Juvenile Hall (Otto Fischer), Joplin, and Youth Guidance Center (Rio Contiguo).
 
Day Centers
Students are referred by the court system and county agencies. Students are provided educational services at sites established and maintained by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Credentialed teachers provide instruction in a full day or minimum day schedule. The school day is minimum of 240 minutes.
 
Group Homes and Social Service Institutions (county-operated)
Students are taught within the setting of a group home, under the supervision of ACCESS teachers with the support of Group Home Tutors. Teachers and tutors monitor academic and behavioral levels to prepare lessons appropriate to student need. William Lyon School at Orangewood is an example of this type of school. Students in this program are neglected or abused children who have been placed at county-operated shelters, as well as children involved in emergency placements.