LA Coordinated System of Care

Secure Care Youth

Youth housed in OJJ secure care facilities attend school on campus for six hours a day, 12 months a year. Services include:

  • Assessment
  • Regular and special education
  • Vocational education
  • Adult education preparation
  • Post-secondary opportunities

Assessment Tools

Assessment Grade Schedule
TABE (test of adult basic education) All youth administered at intake and at regular intervals (pre/post test before release)
iLEAP 5th,6th,7th administered each year -- spring
LEAP 4th, 8th administered each year -- spring & summer (retest)
GEE 10th,11th  administered each year -- spring & summer (retesters only).  GEE tests are being phased out
EOC (end of course) 9th - 12th administered each year (EOC is replacing GEE tests)
Explore  8th, 9th administered each year – spring
Plan 10th administered each year – spring
ACT 11th administered each year – spring
PARCC 5th - 8th administered each year -- spring (math & english)

OJJ currently has an education enrollment of approximately 300 students in secure care.

This alternative setting provides educational programs at various levels:

  • High School Equivalency
  • Carnegie Units (high school diploma)
  • Vocational Instruction

Special education services are provided to youth according to their individual education plan (IEP). Special School Programs (SSP) provides services that meet the need of these students in collaboration with regular education teachers.

Currently there are 6 vocational program offerings between the three secure care sites.

Swanson Center for Youth (SCY):

  • Welding
  • Carpentry
  • Horticulture 

Bridge City Center for Youth (BCCY):

  • Culinary Arts
  • Automotive/Small Engines
  • C-Tech (fiber optics and wiring)
  • Carpentry

Four vocational trade programs offer youth an opportunity to earn National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accreditation, which takes from 6-24 months to complete.

English Language Arts instruction at Bridge City Center for Youth.