Atascadero Unified School District is excited to offer a variety of options for students to pursue their academic and life goals. The goal of AUSD Alternative Education is to work with students and families to create individual learning plans that allow students to meet their full potential. Students look to Alternative Education to match their learning style, to address life and work situations, or in response to specific health needs. Please explore our options and contact us directly for more information.

Paloma Creek High School (805) 462-4350
Available to juniors and seniors enrolled in Atascadero Unified School District who are at least 16 years old and are credit deficient. Our small class sizes, personalized and blended learning options appeal to a wide-variety of learners.

Atascadero Choices in Education (ACE) Academy (secondary) (805) 462-4393
West Mall Alternative is an enriched blended learning school. We utilize online curriculum delivery in combination with face to face classroom time with teachers to maximize learning. West Mall serves a diverse population of students. Students who want accelerated learning, independent student, are traveling, who are unable to attend traditional school daily, have a long-term health need, or are competing athletes seek our West Mall Alternative.

A.C.E. Academy (elementary) (805) 462-4393 This program offers a wonderful alternative to the traditional classroom for parents who feel they can best meet the individual needs of their student in a home-centered program. ** New Classroom Location!! 6500 Atascadero Ave., in Atascadero! **

Lighthouse (805) 462-4350 LIGHTHOUSE provides programs of awareness, prevention, and intervention in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse. Lighthouse Counseling is available to students enrolled at Del Rio and West Mall Alternative. 

Home and Hospital (805) 462-4350 The purpose of home and hospital instruction is to provide instruction to a student with a temporary disability in the student’s home or in a hospital or other residential health facility, excluding state hospitals.