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Petersen Alternative Center for Education (PACE)

Congratulations to the 2020 Graduating PACE Seniors - Click here to view Class of 2020


  PACE offers classroom instruction for Middle School ( 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12)  Graduation requirements include 200 academic credits and 20 hours of community service.  PACE also offers Independent Studies for grades1-12, where students work one-on-one with their teacher, whom they meet with for a minimum of one hour per week.


                                                     Do you need to make up credits? 

Are you looking for a small sized academic and hands on environment that you can concentrate in? 

Do you have or need help looking for a job while being enrolled? 


Do you just need a different learning environment? 

If so, we may be the right choice for your needs!




PACE’s L.I.F.E Academy is responsible for the development and implementation of a variety of student activities as well as the increase of student leadership through experience. These experiences give students the opportunity to get involved in the production of a positive culture change of our school campus. We offer:

  • 10-15 student class sizes
  • WASC Accredited Curriculum
  • Credit Recovery and tutoring opportunities
  • CTE Small Engines classes
  • School Site Council and Student Leadership opportunities
  • Career Navigation and job search support
  • Family Resource Center support
  • Mental Health support

At L.I.F.E Academy, we not only prepare our students to be leaders, but we create a platform for them to implement and experience leadership first hand. We focus on our students strengths and what they CAN do!  Our brand of education aims to inspire students to become the best version of themselves possible!

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

Stanislaus County Office of Education and Petersen Alternative Center for Education provide a safe and engaging alternative learning environment that establishes a foundation for academic success and leadership. Students receive individualized counseling and support, explore future options, and develop the leadership skills necessary to achieve future independence as productive members of society.


Key Contacts

John, Luis

John Luis

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Yolanda Flores

Administrative Assistant II

Aida Lopez