“Our success with students comes down to relationships. We’ve found that these students are highly successful if they have people behind them in their corner,” said Bill Toomey, deputy superintendent of OFY. “The new website will help prospective students and parents see who we are, meet many of our key personalities, and feel comfortable starting down the road to post-secondary success with us.”
More than 82% of OFY’s students qualify for the National School Lunch Program, the key indicator that they are socio-economically disadvantaged. More than 212,000 students since 1993 have found success at OFY, whether recovering credits, graduating on time, or even earning scholarships to go to college.
“Kids love our program because we empower them to own the direction of their lives,” said Mark Holley, director of marketing at OFY. “We wanted to create a site that matched the intention of our program. When students come to OFY.org, we want to empower them to find the best independent study program near them, and to see their opportunities to get back on track in their education.”
The OFY educational model emphasizes personal responsibility and connection. To avoid boredom and frustration, OFY teachers and advisors involve the students in the planning and implementation of their own program, guiding the students as they choose their exit strategy, coursework, and scheduling. Students meet one-on-one with OFY teachers for a minimum of two hours per week while completing the majority of coursework outside of the learning centers.
“We get the everyday privilege of meeting and helping these inspirational young leaders, in many ways our students actually teach us about the infinite human potential we all possess,” said Joan Hall, president of Options for Youth.
“Our students consistently show us the power of perseverance, of self-discipline, and of teamwork. We are all on the same team – the student, the teachers, and the advisors. The team wins if we stick together and work diligently toward clear, high expectations,”
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The Founders’ Story
OFY was the dream of John Hall, and his wife Joan Hall. John struggled to learn to read as a young student, and by seventh grade was a non-reader. John consequently found it difficult to fit in with peers, and began to act out in school. A literacy program at UCLA marked the turning point when he improved his reading and re-enrolled in public high school. While still a challenge, Joan helped him to remain eligible for varsity football and to graduate with his class.
John eventually received his secondary teaching credential, while Joan earned her teaching credential in Special Education. John and Joan married, and as a team of educators decided to pursue their dream by founding Options For Youth, a public charter school to develop and implement a program to support the academic dreams of students like John, who are traditionally under-served by public education and at risk of dropping out of school.
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About Options for Youth
Options for Youth (OFY) is the dream of visionary couple John and Joan Hall. The Halls’ leadership has created a model of innovation in the charter school industry to serve at-risk students with year round personalized study programs, one-on-one instruction, online courses, academic and life advisors, experiential learning, and a launch pad for life after high school. The OFY program strives to provide students and parents expanded educational choices within California’s public school system.
Since 1987, Options for Youth has given 212,000 students a second chance to achieve their educational dreams.