Alternative Education

Alternative programs are for students who need or desire an alternative instructional approach. These programs allow students to complete high school in a productive and purposeful way. To enroll in an alternative program, students must be recommended by an administrator.


The Valor program, an alternative program designed for a student who may benefit from a smaller school setting due to extenuating circumstances such as a return to school after hiatus, a transfer into the district mid-semester, and/or is credit deficient, is located at the LGSUHSD district office. Valor works to stabilize the educational experience so a student can reach their academic and personal goals. Valor’s emphasis on building community to support individual needs both academically and social-emotionally is represented by a daily community workshop, student-led conferences at each 6 week progress report, optional sports and volunteer programs, job coaching, and opportunities to take community college courses or career technical education classes. Valor’s campus is comprised of three classrooms, a community room, courtyard, sport court, and a school kitchen that allows for a self-contained space to provide students with homemade lunches and a closed campus that helps to build community. The Valor Team currently consists of three teachers who are supported by a guidance counselor, one part-time school therapists, a part-time aide, a registrar, and administrator. Valor’s typical school enrollment is 30 students with an average class size ranging from 8-12 students. Valor provides a non-College Prep curriculum that helps to support students meeting high school graduation requirements and continuing on to a community college. 


Alternative Education Referral Process

Alternative Education Student Application

Valor Fact Sheet

Valor Calendar

Valor Bell Schedule


To apply for the program, see your guidance counselor. 

For more information, contact Cheryl Hodgin-Marshall, Guidance Counselor for Valor and Independent Studies, at 408-354-2520 x295, or at

If your child has an IEP, please contact your case manager for more information.

Valor Staff Contacts


Contact Position Extension Email
Heath Rocha
x 232
Claire Linstrom Registrar/Staff Secretary x 223
Julie Ciraulo-Ray Teacher x 307
David Denight Teacher/ Dept. Chair x 308
Cheryl Hodgin-Marshall Guidance Counselor x 295
Valerie Waagen Student Therapist x 306
Nicole Zambrano Teacher/Stud. Support Spec x 312/295


This program is for students who are unable to attend the regular school program for health reasons. A physician’s note is required.


Students meet regularly with an independent studies teacher to receive course assignments and take tests. Students in this program must be highly responsible and self-motivated to complete their work independently.



Cheryl Hodgin-Marshall, 408-354-2520 x295


The Santa Clara County Office of Education provides educational programs for students who are under court supervision or who are not attending regular school for a variety of reasons. The program emphasizes academic competency as well as behavior improvement.

For more information, contact Dr. Heidi Reyes, Director Student Services, at 371-0960, ex. 2016