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Juvenile Court School is operated by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office on a year-round, open-entry/open-exit basis and has been providing education to incarcerated youth since 1972. Court School is designed to offer a quality educational program to students who otherwise would not receive an education. All Kern County Juvenile Court School students are either wards or dependents of the court. The residential programs include Central School, Erwin Owen High School, Redwood High School, and Jamison Center School. Bridges Academy is operated as a nonresidential Court School programs.
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Central School provides educational services to elementary through high school aged students who are wards of the Court and either reside in: the James G. Bowles Juvenile Hall; Pathways Academy, a female treatment camp housed in the facility; or the Furlough Treatment and Recovery Program, a short-term intervention program for wards arrested for violations of furlough.
Jamison Center School is housed on the grounds of the A. Miriam Jamison Children’s Center, a 24-hour emergency shelter for neglected, abused and abandoned children, and offers short term educational services to students in transition to foster care or other home placements.
Erwin Owen High School is located within a treatment camp in Kernville and provides educational and vocational services to male juvenile offenders for average periods of four to six months. ROP Auto Shop, forestry work and animal husbandry provide vocational training and career pathway development.
Redwood High School is located at the Larry J. Rhoades Kern Crossroads Facility and provides educational services to Kern County’s most delinquent youth in a boot camp-like setting for commitments of 12, 24 or 36 weeks. A construction technology class is available for students to obtain high-qualityvocational training.
Bridges Academy is a school-based collaborative involving Court School, Probation, Mental Health providers and other agencies, offering a structured and supervised school environment where offenders, age 16 to 18, can receive vocational education and enrichment while working to complete high school.