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Alternative to Suspension Program (ATS)



The Capistrano Unified School District Alternative to Suspension program is a district operated classroom for students who are suspended for 48900 Education Code violations. The students are under the supervision of credentialed teachers and counselors who will present a curriculum that offers a proactive, therapeutic approach to instilling the skills, habits, and behaviors necessary to be successful in school and life.


Students who successfully complete the program will not reflect a suspension from school on their attendance record unless the student is pending expulsion.

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Grades 7-12 students who are suspended for 48900 Education Code violations from a Capistrano Unified School District school are eligible to attend the Alternative to Suspension class.

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Students: Attend class on time, bring their lunch, follow all school rules and district dress code standards.

Students must also bring their school supplies, books, and homework.


Parents: Furnish transportation when needed, attend meetings when needed and complete materials when needed.

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ATS class is from 8:30 AM to 1:10 PM.

Before 8:15 AM and after 1:30 PM there is NO adult supervision.

There are scheduled restroom breaks during the day. In the event of an absence, the student’s school record will reflect a suspension for that day.

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  • School Work
  • Counseling
  • Individual and Group

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Students must be referred by an administrator from the school they attend.

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Parent’s Letter:

When I got the call from school that my son had been involved with alcohol on campus, a wave of nausea rolled through me. I just couldn’t believe it. My son is a good athlete, works hard, gets decent grades, is friends with many and is really looked up to by a lot of kids. Drinking at school was just a big question mark in my head…


I wouldn’t wish for anyone to go through what we did, but I am very thankful that my son had the opportunity to attend the ATS Program. I think every child would benefit from this kind of education. I feel strongly that this program saved my son from a much bigger harm down the road.


Parent’s Letter:

We wanted to thank you and the school for all of your support of my son. The school and ATS have been great. It is definitely a very good program, so hopefully, it will benefit many other kids and families for years to come. My son is looking forward to going back to school tomorrow.

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 From 5 freeway North:

Exit Ortega Highway and turn right. Turn right on El Camino Real. Proceed to 31431 El Camino Real the school is on your left.


From 5 freeway South:

Exit Ortega Highway and turn left. Turn right on El Camino Real. Proceed to 31431 El Camino Real the school is on your left. 

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CUSD Counselor

Phone 949-234-9344
Fax 949-240-4729

ATS Brochures


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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