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New SCOE Community School Opens Its Doors to Students

Colley Jr./Sr. High Will Serve Secondary and Adult Students

Exterior of Colley High School building showing sign

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) welcomed students to a brand new junior/senior high school campus today. The community school, called Nathaniel S. Colley, Sr., will provide alternative educational programs for students.

Colley Junior/Senior High school will provide core academics and interventions aligned with education standards. Students will receive additional support and placement, counseling, and the opportunity for career exploration and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses.

The campus also will offer the Senior Extension Program, which aims to re-engage students in jeopardy of dropping out of high school—or who have been out of school and want to return to complete their graduation requirements. The program provides students with personalized education plans, allowing them to earn the credits required for graduation.

The new school is named after the late Sacramento civil rights pioneer Nathanial S. Colley, Sr. In 1948, Colley opened a law practice and became Sacramento’s only African American attorney. He fought for the repeal of California Proposition 14 (ultimately helping to create the California Fair Employment and Housing Act) and led efforts against housing and education discrimination in California. A member of the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame, the attorney taught part-time for 17 years at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

SCOE broke ground on the new school on July 2, 2020. It is located near the corner of Gerber Road and Power Inn Road. A formal school dedication ceremony is being planned.

Craig Bradford, Lisa Alcalá, and Dave Gordon

(L-R) Senior Extension Program Principal Craig Bradford and Community Schools Principal Lisa Alcalá joined Superintendent Gordon at the new campus to welcome students and staff.

Students filling out paperwork at a table
Students shaking hands with school staff
Students talking to staff