Alternative Education Programs

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Alternative Education Programs

Earle Jamieson Educational Options:

Earle Jamieson Educational Options contains two schools, Launch and Edge Academy. Both Schools provide educational placement for students, grades 7-12, who have been expelled from their school, are referred by probation or have been referred by the School Attendance Review Board. All students must be referred by their local schools and placement is not 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

Launch: This 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 Launch, 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 Launch. There are approximately here are 10-20 student who attend daily.
The students who attend Launch 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.

Edge: This is a 7-12 grade Independent Study program, also a County Community School. Due to the workload, Edge is primarily a 9-12 grade program. Students referred through expulsion or probation may attend Edge. If a student has been referred by SARB, he/she must first demonstrate consistent attendance in Launch, before being admitted to Edge. Students who are referred will also need to submit an application to the Edge program. Students must be able to work independently 5 hours per day, meet with the instructor once per week and complete all assigned work correctly. The Edge Entrance Committee will review all applications for admittance. If a student is enrolled in Edge, and is not meeting the requirements, he/she may be referred to Launch to continue academic growth.

Earle Jamieson Educational Options
12338 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
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 Launch County Community School. The same outside speakers visit Sugarloaf, as they do Launch, to help these students improve their lives and decision-making for more success in their futures. The students are separated for most of their studies based on gender, due to the regulations of the juvenile facility.

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