Petersen Alternative Center for Education (PACE)


  PACE offers classroom instruction for 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.


LIFE Academy is responsible for the development and implementation of various different 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 through venues like: event planning, making morning announcements, speaking at and mentoring in local middle schools.  These student leaders have also helped to implement school field trips and activities on campus as well as a bi weekly discussion/forum about teen dating held in the student leadership room.  At L.I.F.E. Academy we believe that much of the education needed for our students comes through experiencing leadership opportunities as opposed to solely being educated about them.  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!  We are a leadership based academy that is committed to providing a leadership experience for every student who sets foot on our campus. 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 Peterson 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

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John Luis
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Yolanda Flores
Administrative Assistant II
Aida Lopez