My family speaks Spanish at home. How can you support me?

Open School will send your family communications in Spanish. We have several bilingual staff members, including our Principal, who can communicate with you and your family in Spanish. We also offer an Advanced Spanish class for students who speak Spanish at home.

I’ve had bad experiences in school. What are agreements that are important to our school?

We get it. Sometimes school can be a hard place to be . At Open School, we will do our best to make you feel safe and welcome. We don’t tolerate bullying and instead choose to affirm each other through positive praise.  

If I go to Open School, can I still play sports or participate in extracurriculars at my Home District? What extracurricular activities does Open School have?

It is possible to play sports or attend clubs at your Home District. We can also add clubs if enough students are interested. Currently we offer: Intramural Mens’ and Womens’ Basketball team Student Government* Chess Club* Affinity Groups (Latinx, Womxn of Color, LGBTQ+)* *These activities are available during virtual school.

I identify as LGBTQ+. What can I expect coming to Open School? Will I feel safe?

Open School is a safe space for all students. We affirm identities and the journey for you to discover your identity. Open School does not tolerate homophobia or transphobia and will let you be your authentic self. We have an LGBTQ+ Affinity Group and can connect with an awesome group […]

I am homeless. Can I still attend Open School?

If you are under 18 and living with a friend, a non-immediate family member, or on your own, you can attend Open School through McKinney Vento . Contact Breen McDonald at or call ____ for support registering.  

What kind of services do you provide to students and families?

Open School believes in serving the whole student. Advocates work with students and families to make sure they have what they need to succeed. Open School East provides: Individual Social-Emotional support Mental health counseling through a partnership with Trillium Family Services (link) Connections to other resources through partnerships with Rafael […]

I see the word “Advocate” all over your website. What is an Advocate?

Every teacher or administrator at Open School East is also what we call an “Advocate”. Each student has an Advocate who will stay with them through their high school journey. They are a student’s go-to person/mentor at the school. Advocates get to know students and their families, help them identify […]

What is Open School East doing during the Covid crisis?

Open School East adapted our relationship-based model to be fully online since March 2020. Similar to our in-person model, students have an assigned Advocate (or mentor) who checks in with them daily. To adapt to Distance Learning, Open School provides: Chromebooks for students and internet and resource support for their […]

How much does it cost to go to Open School?

Open School East is free for families. Our District Partners pay us a portion of what it costs to serve students . We cover the rest through private donations from individuals and local organizations.