PHS - General Info

To the Parent/Guardian:

Pilarcitos High School is here to meet the special needs of your student. Objectives of this high school include:

  • Developing in the student a greater understanding and of themselves and the world they live in.
  • Preparing each student for one of the following:
    1. High School Diploma
    2. HiSET (High School Equivalency Test)
    3. C.H.S.P.E. (California High School Proficiency Examination)

Providing a peaceful environment where the student has the opportunity to improve their holistic health.

Providing educational opportunities for the students who are employed on a part-time or full-time basis

To the Student:

The faculty and staff welcome you to Pilarcitos High School. This student handbook is provided to assist you in answering some questions you may have about your new school. We hope that by using this handbook your enrollment at Pilarcitos will be rewarding and enjoyable.

We feel that our students are given more individualized instructions with material suited to their abilities and interest in a non-competitive classroom environment and within a small school setting. We believe that these factors are conducive to reducing dropouts and encouraging our students to achieve their educational goals.

We offer counseling services in the areas of academics, life choices, personal issues, crisis counseling, conflict resolution and career or occupational choices.

If at any time we can be of assistance to you, please call us at 712-7224.


We believe that it is our responsibility to provide for the basic instruction and specialized educational needs of all students. Our school's educational objectives, within the scope of our district's goals, offer pupils the opportunity to develop the necessary skills needed to function as members of the social groups in our democratic society. The teachers and staff of Pilarcitos High School believe the following philosophical tenets serve as a basis for our commitment to the education of the continuation students.

We recognize the necessity of providing an alternative learning environment that will provide the student with an opportunity to:

Complete the required academic course of instruction to graduate from high school.

  1. To participate in a program of instruction, which emphasizes occupational orientation or a work-study schedule and offers guidance services to meet the special needs of pupils.
  2. To participate in a program designed to meet the educational needs of each pupil, including but not limited to, Independent Study, R.O.P. (Regional Occupational Program), Work Experience and career counseling as a supplement to classroom instruction.
  3. To be committed to holistically improving their physical, emotional and mental health.

To facilitate these goals, Pilarcitos High School believes in providing a cooperative rather that a competitive learning environment that is learner orientated, and one in which the student than assumes a major responsibility for his education.

It is our philosophy that our students are adults and are responsible for the decisions they make.

Decisions are basically derived from an established set of values. We believe it is important to help students clarify their values and enable them to understand the cause and effect relationship on value based decisions.

In this type of atmosphere, we believe we can help students to:

  1. Clarify their personal and educational values.
  2. Develop a positive self-concept.
  3. Achieve their personal and educational goals.
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