About Ombudsman

Ombudsman Educational Services is part of ChanceLight™ Behavioral Health & Education, the nation’s leading provider of behavioral health and education solutions for children and young adults. We change the direction of children’s lives by offering them the opportunity to create successful, independent futures.

According to the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), a child drops out of high school every nine seconds.

Ombudsman’s alternative education and dropout recovery programs help communities combat the staggering social and economic costs of high dropout rates. Since 1975, Ombudsman Educational Services has educated more than 155,000 at-risk students and students who have previously dropped out – and introduced them to all the opportunities a real high school diploma provides.

Ombudsman Educational Services provides alternative education programs for middle and high school students who have dropped out or who are at risk of dropping out of school.  A flexible schedule with morning, afternoon, and in some cases, evening sessions means students don’t have to choose between life and school. Ombudsman offers academic, social and behavioral support so that students earn their high school diplomas and are prepared to make positive choices about the future.

Ombudsman utilizes a number of research-based curriculum resources to deliver its instructional model. Initial and ongoing teacher-led instruction is tailored to ensure each student earns the necessary credits to arrive at graduation in accordance with his or her success plan. Ombudsman’s rigorous and relevant academic programs are accredited by AdvancED and aligned to Common Core and state-specific standards.

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Many public school districts partner with Ombudsman to provide alternative programs for credit recovery, dropout prevention and dropout recovery. Regardless of the reason they attend Ombudsman, 84 percent of Ombudsman students graduate, return to their district school closer to or at grade level, or complete the academic year at Ombudsman.

To learn more about how Ombudsman works with public school districts, please visit our District Partnerships section. For information about Ombudsman programs in your state, please click on your state on the Locations page. Foundations Vision Mission GraphicAbout ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education
Ombudsman Educational Services is a division of ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education, formerly known as Educational Services of America (ESA). ChanceLight is the nation’s leading provider of behavior therapy and alternative and special education programs for children and young adults. The company works with more than 13,500 clients and students each day across its three divisions. They are: Early Autism Project, Inc., which provides behavior therapy to children who have an autism spectrum or related disorder; Ombudsman Educational Services, which partners with more than 120 school districts to provide alternative education programs to students who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, which partners with more than 115 school districts to operate schools and programs for students who have educational and behavioral challenges. ChanceLight is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

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