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Alternative School Options

College Now

Housed at Diablo Valley College, College Now students take a block of three high school courses taught by MDUSD teachers. College Now students will take the rest of their courses at DVC with other community college students and they will earn both high school and college credit for those DVC classes. Classes are chosen according to MDUSD graduation requirements as well as the interests and post-secondary plans of the student. Students choose their DVC classes with the help of a MDUSD high school counselor and a DVC college counselor.

The application process typically takes place in the Spring for classes beginning in August each year. Please talk to your high school counselor about eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Home and Hospital

The Home & Hospital school is a temporary program designed to help maintain a student’s academic standing during a time of illness or other temporary disability. 

Students are entitled to a maximum of 5 hours per week of home instruction.  The teacher will be there at times agreed upon and at a minimum of up to 1 hour per day.  No sessions are allowed on holidays or weekends.  A responsible adult (18 years or older) must be present when the teacher is in the home.

Parents may apply for home instruction the first day their child is absent from school.  Students must have a medical or psychological condition, verified by a doctor’s signed authorization which requires the need for home instruction for a minimum of five days from the date of the doctor’s authorization.

Horizons - Center for Independent Study (CIS)

Horizons Independent Study is a voluntary program offered through MDUSD to support students in grades 9-12.  This program is a great fit for students for whom the traditional high school setting is not a fit, students who need flexibility, and students who need a an environment with one on one meetings and a smaller school.

CIS meets the same requirements as a traditional comprehensive high school and is University of California A-G approved for high school students.  Students in CIS navigate the full caseload of high school independently and meet once a week with a CIS teacher to review their work completion and progress.  In order to enroll students must meet with their College Park counselor and complete the application for CIS.

Olympic High School

Olympic is a slightly larger continuation school located in Concord, serving approximately 400 students and is another option for students who are not on track to graduate. 

What Olympic has to offer:

  • Credit recovery classes

  • Smaller class sizes

  • “First step” orientation class

  • Self-paced learning, counseling services

  • Flexibility

  • Six week grading periods

  • Career transitions program

Applications must go through your home high school.  Meet with your school counselor for more information.

Prospect High School (website under construction)


Prospect is a slightly smaller continuation school, serving around 100 students and is an option for students who are not on track to graduate and in need of credit recovery.  Prospect is located in Pleasant Hill on the Pleasant Hill Middle School campus.

Applications must go through your home high school.  Meet with your school counselor for more information.

California Proficiency Program (CPP)

The CPP has replaced the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) 

The HiSET Proficiency provides students with the opportunity to take the HiSET language arts and mathematics subtests, which assess their proficiency in the standards taught up to the 12th grade level. Upon successfully passing each of the three subtests, eligible students will be awarded a California Certificate of Proficiency, which holds the same legal equivalent as a California-issued high school diploma.