Educating Youth in Secure Care
The Office of Juvenile Justice has the task of delivering educational services to a diverse population: diverse in age, in geographic location, in individual needs, and in academic functioning. All youth of mandatory school age who are placed in OJJ custody must be enrolled in a school program approved by the LA Department of Education.
The alternative schools located at OJJ’s secure care facilities prepare students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens by providing a structured educational environment that will meet the individual needs of all students. This educational environment provide skills that promote the maximum academic, vocational, physical, social, and emotional development of each student.
The alternative schools of the Office of Juvenile Justice provide an educational program, in concert with treatment and security that is responsive to the individual needs of the student. The Office of Juvenile Justice believes the general public and communities will benefit from a better educated and well-adjusted student, which will produce a better citizen less likely to recidivate and more likely to make positive contributions to society.