Secondary Options programs instruct, guide, and support students and adults as they prepare for and embark on a working life. We work with many organizations and offer a wide range of programs for students and adults.

Programs for All Students

Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

ROP provides career preparation and skill training for high school students, out-of-school youth, and adults. Classes include Automotive Technology, Bio Technology, Computer Information Technology, Culinary Arts, Robotics, and Web Page Design.

El Cajon Project

"At risk" and disadvantaged high school students may supplement their regular high school curriculum (and earn school credit) with hands-on vocational training in the culinary arts.

Work Experience, Exploratory Experience & Science Work Experience at Lockheed

Students earn academic credit in classes that combine classroom instruction with hands-on work experience.

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

Palo Alto VA Hospital Career Training Center

The goal of the training program is for the student to gain work experience in a career interest and/or to obtain competitive employment. A student with an IEP or 504 Plan is on -site for job training with a job coach and a 5:1 teacher-student ratio and is exposed to a variety of work experiences. For additional information contact Arshdeep Shinh at (650) 238-7356.

Elementary Schools Internship Program

The goal of the program is for a student to gain work experience by providing leadership, support and needed services for the school environments and elementary students. Types of activities include reading to students, shelving books in the library, and assisting with art projects. Students work with staff on site and communicate regularly with a transition specialist. Students must be able to travel to and from the site and work without a job coach. For more information contact Tijen Sumbul at (650) 444-8903.

WorkAbility Programs

WorkAbility I (for high school students in special education) and WorkAbility II (for adults with disabilities) programs provide comprehensive pre-employment training, employment placement, and follow-up consultations for individuals making the transition to independent living.

Sped 80 for Students Entering Foothill College

Sped 80 or Counseling 50 is a required course for all new students to Foothill College. A section of the course is specifically designed for seniors who have been in Special Education while in high school.

Transition Partnership Program (TPP)

PAUSD connects high school students with disabilities to the State of California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and assists with their transition to work.

Related Links

DOR–Department of Rehabilitation

DOR offers services for individuals with disabilities who want to lead active, independent lives.


PAUSD students in the SASSY program (run by Job Train) may earn up to 10 academic credits per semester.

Job Train

High school students may participate in vocational training and guidance programs. Job Train is a private, non-profit job-training center located in Menlo Park.

Project HIRED

Project HIRED develops and maintains a range of services for the community including outreach, employment training, job placement, employer education, and advocacy.


Expandability provides persons with disabilities access to adaptive technology and career transition services so that they can achieve their desired education and employment, and improve their quality of life.

Hope Services

Hope Services offers comprehensive services to more than 2,500 individuals with developmental disabilities.


Secondary Options Office:
Greendell School Site
4120 Middlefield Road, P11
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: (650) 493-6004