About the Program
Ombudsman Educational Services offers a nontraditional program that provides at-risk students
the structure and support they need to become successful learners and responsible members of the
community. Ombudsman programs are customized to meet the needs of students in grades six-12 who are at risk of dropping out or have been assigned to attend an alternative program due to behavior in a safe, positive welcoming environment that provides structured and engaging learning experiences. In addition to academics, students also participate in social skills training, college and career planning, and community service projects.
Students typically attend three- or four-hour sessions during the day or at night, depending on their individual alternative education program. Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions provide a flexible schedule that allows students to meet family or work commitments.
What is the Class Day Like?
Ombudsman offers blended learning in a technology-rich environment that includes a rigorous, standards-based curriculum aligned to Common Core and state standards. Ombudsman is accredited by AdvancEd, the world’s largest independent accreditation commission for primary and secondary education organizations.
Students who attend Ombudsman benefit from:
- small class size, small group instruction and personalized attention from caring, certified teachers who meet district qualification requirements;
- personalized and differentiated instruction, which blends teacher-led instruction, independent practice, collaboration in small groups, and enrichment activities to help students apply knowledge and enhance their social skills;
- personalized academic plans and goals created specifically to meet individual students’ needs;
- focused, dedicated preparation for state assessments;
community service opportunities and social skills instruction to develop pro-social, self-evaluation, and personal responsibility skills, which result in greater accountability, improved academic results,
and prepare students to transition to neighborhood schools; and
- job and career coaches who help students develop a post-secondary plan for college and career preparation through service learning , internship, job shadowing, and mentoring opportunities.