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Petersen Alternative Center for Education (PACE)



   Do you need to make up credits? 

   Do you need help looking for a job? 

   Do you just need a different learning environment to help you focus and concentrate on graduation? 

   Are you looking for a small-sized academic and hands-on environment?

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



PACE offers classroom instruction for middle school, grades 6-8, and high school, grades 9-12. Graduation requirements include 200 academic credits and 20 hours of community service.


Independent Study Program

PACE offers Independent Study for grades 1-12. Students will meet with the teacher daily for brief lessons and have a weekly one-hour, one-on-one appointment to review the week's assignments. Students will have daily contact with their teacher and have a weekly one-hour, one-on-one appointment to review the week's assignments. 


 PACE Overview

PACE is responsible for the development and implementation of a variety of student activities and the increase of student leadership through experience. These experiences allow students to get involved in producing a positive culture change on 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 PACE, we not only prepare our students to be leaders, but we create a platform for them to implement and experience leadership firsthand. 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!

Dual Enrollment

What is Dual Enrollment?

Students ages 13-18 can get started in college before they're even done with high school. Dual Enrollment (DE) students have the $46 per unit tuition fee waived. There may be other fees associated with the class, such as material fees, parking permits, books, or health fees.  For more information on Dual enrollment use the link below and contact you school counselor for assistance !!!

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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

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John Luis

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Yolanda Flores

Administrative Assistant II