Placer County Office of Education Mission Statement
The Placer County Office of Education provides successful educational programs designed to educate a wide variety of students with diverse needs, birth through adult.
Student Services Mission Statement
To increase student achievement through rigorous and meaningful instruction to all students.
The Placer County Pathways Charter School is located at multiple sites in Placer County. As a Placer County Office of Education school, Pathways serves students in grades Transitional Kindergarten through twelve (TK-12).
The Pathways Charter School serves students in several distinct programs:
iLearn Academy is an Independent Study program which serves families with children in grades TK-8 who choose to educate their children at home or in a home/school hybrid program. iLearn Academy maintains a core belief that independent study is a viable educational alternative. iLearn teachers collaborate with parents and students to provide a rigorous, common core standards-based learning plan that addresses individual student needs and interests. The iLearn Academy program also provides students access to on-line learning, on-site enrichment classes, field trips, and school-wide events to promote community and connections with others.
CARE (Community Action for Responsive Education) is a County Community School program serving seventh through ninth grade students (7-9) offered in partnership with identified middle schools and high schools in Placer County. Schools that host CARE classes implement Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) including Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). CARE classes are operated on school district campuses pursuant to written agreement between the school district and PCOE. CARE classes provide a small, self-contained setting with individual student attention as part of the district school's comprehensive MTSS. These students are typically at-risk for failure based on poor academic achievement, truancy or poor behavior and agree to an informal relationship with the Placer Probation Department Diversion Program. Parents of CARE students must agree to have their children participate in the program. CARE teachers provide core instruction aligned to the local school's curriculum. Students attend other classes for electives, PE, and some other courses as they are able. All students have access to local school extracurricular activities including athletics and social activities. Students are only enrolled in a CARE class on a district campus with the permission of the host school district and the host school.
iCARE (Intensive Community Action for Responsive Education) is a county community school program serving seventh through twelfth (7-12) graders who are probation referred, expelled or voluntarily placed by parent. iCARE provides a small classroom setting with individualized instruction and support. Students have access to Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. CTE programs and services are a key component of the 9th-12th grade portion of the iCARE program. These high school classes offer an integrated curricula for students who thrive with experiential learning. Classes are highly engaging, incorporate employment skills, and prepare students for a specific career pathway and/or two-year community college entrance. All instructors work to integrate standards and provide real world application to develop relevant learning. iCARE may also provide a voluntary independent study option for students who are probation referred, expelled, or voluntarily placed by parent.
iCARE Come Back Program (Intensive Community Action for Responsive Education Come Back Program) is an independent study program specifically designed to address the academic needs of adult students who have not completed high school and who wish to obtain a high school diploma. iCARE Come Back Program reaches students who have "dropped out" or are not currently enrolled in any school or who face particular challenges, such as health issues or the need to work, that make daily attendance difficult. iCARE Come Back Program educates students who have fallen behind in their studies, provides opportunities and resources to increase career/workforce readiness skills, provides individualized instruction, and assists students in achieving a high school diploma.