Educational Options at New Haven Unified

Our Educational Options Department provides a wide variety of alternative pathways for all NHUSD students.  We are committed to working closely with our district’s students and families in an effort to ensure successful academic and social-emotional outcomes. Additionally, we are working closely as a team to increase coordination between all of our schools and programs.

Educational Options Contact Info

Dana Chavez, Director, Educational Options  

Eric Barron, Coordinator, Educational Options 

Clarissa Zapata, Principal, Conley-Caraballo High School 

Educational Options School Site Information:


School purpose:
Conley-Caraballo High School exists to help students get their education back on track
so they can earn their high school diplomas and graduate ready for college or career
education. CCHS provides each student with an engaging and supportive educational
experience geared at meeting their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide a safe, compassionate, and equitable learning environment where students develop relevant skills, redefining their academic identity. Conley-Caraballo High School focuses on a personal growth model with an emphasis on health and well being, empowerment through social justice, and community partnerships.

Vision Statement:
Our vision for Conley-Caraballo High School students is to become resilient, lifelong learners who are self-sufficient and practice self-advocacy. Students leave Conley-Caraballo inspired, empathetic, and proud.

Contact Info:
Clarissa Zapata, Principal
(510) 471-5126


Mission Statement:

Decoto School for Independent Study provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where students become independent learners and experience personalized education culminating in high school graduation, post-secondary success, and responsible citizenship.

The Personalized Learning Academy or PLA is part of the Decoto School for Independent Study, an alternative school of choice.  PLA provides a TK-12, independent, innovative, standards-based curriculum delivered through a strictly online instructional model by fully credentialed teachers.

Contact Info:
Dana Chavez, Director
(510) 476-2696


Mission Statement:
The mission of the New Haven Adult School, a center for career and educational training, is to develop and empower every student to meet his or her learning goals by providing a safe, supportive environment, exceptional customer service, and an engaging curriculum that is responsive to the lifelong learner and the changing needs of our diverse community.

Contact Info:
Eric Barron, Coordinator
(510) 489-2185