High School Designed For You ​​

JMCS is a free alternative charter school where you can get a high school diploma in California while exploring six exciting career paths – your way. We’ve got you. Until you’ve got you.

What’s it like to be a JMCS student?

It’s like finding family – people who push you because of and regardless of your experiences, hopes, and dreams.

From day one to graduation, we’re by your side.

Here’s what our commitment to your success looks like at each of our schools:

  • Day 1: We’ve built in time for you to meet the people you’ll be working and learning with. We’ll walk you through policies and expectations. Don’t worry – you don’t have to learn it all today.
  • Week 1: We want you to share your authentic self with us so we can help you develop routines that work for you. We’ll do everything we can to help you show up one day at a time.
  • Month 1: We’ll work with you individually to identify skills you want to develop and credits you need to recover. Together, we’ll develop achievable goals for your academic and career growth.
  • Year 1: Our focus at the end of this year will be connecting you with future employers and preparing you for your transition out of the program.

Real support every step of the way.

We offer assistance beyond academic and career preparation, including the following resources:

  • Food Assistance Program
  • Financial Assistance
  • Childcare Resources
  • Low/No Cost Housing
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Health/Medical Services
  • Dental Services
  • Eye/Glasses Services
  • Counseling/Mental Health Services
  • Clearing Your Driving Record
  • Paying or Reducing Fines
  • Criminal Record Expungement
  • Court Appointed Community Service

Career Paths That Fit Your Style

Each of our programs is personalized for people who want more than a typical education. No matter which one you choose, we’ll be right there to help you get a high school diploma in California and prepare for a career your way.

California Conservation Corps

Work hard on environmentally focused projects and emergency response to help make California an even better place for all.

Local Corps

Protect California’s natural resources, whether it’s through high-impact recycling, park restoration, or fighting climate change.


Achieve your goals, learn to become the leaders of today and tomorrow, and provide valuable community service on a global scale.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Get general job readiness preparation, specific vocational training, leadership development, and internship opportunities.

Hear From JMCS students and Alumni​

Meet determined JMCS students who keep raising – and winning – their bets on themselves.  

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