Ombudsman Educational Services is a ChanceLight® company. ChanceLight, is the nation’s leading provider of alternative and special 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.
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 200,000 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.
Ombudsman partners with more than 100 school districts in 14 states and operates more than 100 schools and programs for alternative education, credit recovery and dropout prevention and recovery.
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, 84 percent of middle and high school students successfully complete their enrollment at Ombudsman, graduate or return to their district school closer to or at grade level.
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.
About ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education
ChanceLight® Education is the nation’s leading provider of alternative and special 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. Formerly known as Educational Services of America (ESA), ChanceLight serves nearly 19,000 clients and students each day across its programs nationwide. ChanceLight Education includes Ombudsman Educational Services, which partners with more than 100 school districts to serve at-risk students; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, which partners with more than 115 school districts to operate schools and programs for students with special needs.