Providence Court School provides educational services to the minors incarcerated in the Detention and Commitment Housing Areas within the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility. The purpose of Providence School is to provide high quality education and personal growth opportunities to incarcerated youth in a challenging, safe and supportive learning environment. There are no co-ed class offerings. Our aim is to provide positive learning experiences that will encourage students to reevaluate their past behavior, commit to education and become good citizens. Educational programs are designed to engage and motivate students who may be incarcerated for short or long periods of time. The school staff work in conjunction with Probation, Behavioral Health staff, and Community Based Organizations to enable each student to rejoin their family and make positive choices in support of leading a healthy and law abiding life.
Detention School Program
The state of the art Juvenile Facility includes a 240 bed detention facility with sixteen classrooms. Detention housing is intended for youth going through the court process. The Detention housing provides a standard based curriculum blend of services for each student. Teachers rotate classrooms in the Detention area. In addition to a complete school day, a variety of intensive support services are also conducted throughout the week, such as building groups, treatment teams, family counseling and aftercare.
Commitment School Program
Youth housed in the commitment facilities are serving court imposed commitments of up to one year. The commitment component of the complex is comprised of three 60-bed units with four classrooms in each unit. The Commitment housing also provides a standard based curriculum blend of services for each student. In addition to a complete school day, a variety of intensive support services are also conducted throughout the week, such as building groups, treatment teams, family counseling and aftercare. Also included in the commitment side of the facility is a program where juvenile offenders are ordered to pay restitution (normally an amount in excess of $100) and complete community service work hours. While incarcerated, some minors gain employment, leave the facility on a regular basis to work and pay restitution with their earnings. Students in the 11th and 12th grade are given the opportunity to participate in Career Technical Education classes, through VCOE's Career Education Center (CEC) , where they gain career training and job skills.