Optimist ascribes to the principle that education is an intricate component of the treatment process for all of our clients. Towards that end, Optimist operates its own Charter High School on our main campus. The school is authorized by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).
Foster Youth placed by the Department of Probation in residential settings require a very unique program. Since students are continually placed throughout the year and the length of stay is short (an average of 6 months), a unique program is required to deal with the many issues these challenges present.

Many of these students have a history of multiple school placements and a great deal of research is required regarding their histories in order to devise a viable educational plan.  Due to the occurrence of continual enrollment, a program that is flexible and adaptable to their needs is necessary. Optimist Charter School (OCS) has developed a program designed to meet these needs.

In addition, students placed in residential programs by the Department of Probation present a variety of challenges including poor school performance, behavioral and emotional issues, as well as general distresses as a result of being away from their family. These specific issues can create volatile behaviors and in order to address the needs of our student population, we have a staffing pattern of at least one staff for every 10 students.

A core curriculum is provided to our students and electives such as art, music, and vocational opportunities are available. Augmenting our classroom facilities are playing fields, a gymnasium, a weight and exercise room, a swimming pool, a state of the art cafeteria, and a fully equipped auto shop.

Most of our residential clients attend this school to gain a successful public school experience, however we always respect the wishes of the studentís holder of educational rights so other options are considered, when needed. This includes students whose IEPís indicate the need for a non-public school and in those cases, we arrange for enrollment in such a school.

Optimist Youth Homes
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6957 N. Figueroa St. Box 41-1076 Los Angeles, CA 90041-1076
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