Office of Education
County offices of education are the intermediate level of the public education system in California. Serving 34 school districts and more than 190,000 students, FCOE has a legislative mandate to ensure that school districts remain fiscally solvent and in compliance with state and federal laws. Moreover, county offices serve as a safety net for students with special needs, offering direct services for migrant, special education, and court and community schools students.
County offices provide a full range of support programs and services. These include professional training and staff development, curriculum, business and finance support, health and pupil personnel services, as well as legislative and public policy leadership and advocacy at the local, state and federal level.
The Fresno County Office of Education provides a full range of services designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities (ages birth to 22 years) who reside in the 34 school districts within the county. Services are provided in a variety of settings (home, local schools, area classes and special centers). The ultimate goal of Special Education is to empower every student with special needs through individualized services of the highest quality delivered in the least restrictive setting.
The Fresno Regional Occupational Program (ROP) empowers students to make meaningful career choices by providing opportunities for them to explore their interest, develop career skills, and reinforce academics through career technical education. Programs include agriculture, health, technical and industrial, home economics, and business with offerings varying from school district to school district. Fresno ROP offers students a wide range of educational benefits including college credit for qualifying courses, industry certification, and internships when appropriate. More importantly, Fresno ROP allows students to develop a passion in what may become their lifelong career.
The Migrant Education Program is a federally funded supplemental program that provides educational and support services to identified Migrant children ages 3-5, 6-18 and 18-21 Out of School Youth (OSY) in the areas of Language Arts, Reading and Math during the regular year and summer/intersessions. Parental involvement and trainings are an important part of the program with the Migrant Education Program, holding a minimum of six Regional Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings per year. We currently serve twenty-five school districts throughout Fresno County. Each district holds a minimum of Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings throughout the year.
Fresno County Court and Community Schools
The Court Schools provide educational services to students who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court and are in custody. The Community Schools provide educational services to out-of-custody students referred by the Probation Department, Juvenile Court, Department of Social Services, and school districts. These students fit one of three categories: neglected/abused, probation-referred, and or expelled. Community Schools are small programs consisting of one of more classrooms and serving students in grades 7-12. Most students return to their district of residence after a semester or a year, however, some complete their graduation requirements while in the Community Schools and receive diplomas.