The focus of ACCESS is on caring, respect, and acceptance for each student. We continually assess student learning and achievement; utilize strategies that ensure all students learn; provide a rigorous, relevant, and realistic curriculum; and gauge multiple measures of success. By staying focused on each student’s talents, their learning styles and strengths, and learning strategies that foster and ensure success, we inspire all of our students to succeed academically, behaviorally, and emotionally.
The ACCESS student population is unique in that it encompasses a wide range of youth, including students in group homes or incarcerated in institutions, students on probation or homeless, students who are parents or working full-time, students participating in a home schooling program, and students who are referred by local school districts.
Students participate in one of two programs: day school in a classroom with a single teacher for all subjects; or contract learning, also known as independent study, in which students meet with a teacher on a regular basis to turn in assignments and receive new assignments, but do their work independently at home.
ACCESS schools are set in community-based, alternative venues and provide a safe, disciplined, and supportive environment. After-school programs are also available serving institutions, group homes, and community schools. Strong student//parent/teacher relationships are the foundation of the ACCESS program. Parents are involved in creating their child’s Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) from the first day of enrollment. Our teachers aim to spark the innate desire to learn that has too often been tamped down by misfortune, bad decisions, or a general spirit of despair or defeatism. The ACCESS teaching staff is gifted and trained in working with alternative education students. All ACCESS teachers celebrate student achievement, which for many is happening for the first time.
In addition, ACCESS has more than 50 partnerships that help ensure student success. Examples include probation, social services, and police departments; Boys and Girls Clubs; Discovery Science Center; University of California, Irvine; Los Alamitos National Guard; and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.