Alternative Education Programs

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Alternative Education Programs

Earle Jamieson Educational Options:

Earle Jamieson Educational Options is the Nevada County Community School for 7-12 grade students who have been expelled, referred by probation, and/or are habitually truant and referred by the SARB (School Attendance Review Board).  All students must be referred by their local schools and placement is not made by parent or student choice.

The vision of Earle Jamieson Educational Options is to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for its unique students that promotes the development of essential academic and interpersonal skills necessary for their future success.

The mission of Earle Jamieson Educational Options is to offer an effective educational experience for all students who are in a critical period of their lives.  The staff is committed to creating and maintaining an orderly, trusting, and mutually respectful learning environment that will prepare students to:

  • Take responsibility for their personal and educational development
  • Acquire tolerance for and the ability to work well with others
  • Understand that their actions will have resulting consequences
  • Develop a positive sense of self-awareness and confidence
  • Experience success in their future educational and/or vocational settings

Earle Jamieson (EJ) is a 7-12 grade County Community School where students are referred, generally, for one to two semesters. It is a small, restrictive school with 2 classrooms. While attending EJ, most students must meet the rehabilitation plan or guidelines of their home district to return to their less restrictive educational settings. As mentioned above, only students who are referred through expulsion, probation or the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) may attend. There are approximately 10-20 students who attend daily.
The students are given individualized learning plans in order to meet their educational and behavioral improvement goals. Outside speakers visit three times per week to help the students with anger/aggression issues, substance abuse and tobacco use, and health topics. 

Earle Jamieson Educational Options
112 Nevada City Highway
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 272-5464
Fax: (530) 272-5870


Sugarloaf Mountain School (inside the Nevada County Juvenile Hall):

This Court School is exclusively for incarcerated minors who are being detained in the County Juvenile Hall. Students attend for as few as one day, to as many as 180 days, depending on their length of detainment. Serving any age student, most of the population is 8-12 graders. The program of study is similar to that of Earle Jamieson.  The same outside speakers visit Sugarloaf, as they do EJ, to help these students improve their lives and decision-making for more success in their futures.

15434 Highway 49
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: (530) 470-2600
Fax: (530) 478-9561

For further information, please see:

* Nevada County Plan for Services to Expelled Students-2015

Nevada County Plan for Services to Expelled Students-2012