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Alternative to Suspension Program (ATS)

What Is Alternative To Suspension?

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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Who Is The Alternative To Suspension Program For?

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

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