Options II (now Options) was created in 1982 to serve the needs of students aiming to graduate from high school. Although it is one of the larger Outreach
alternative schools, its atmosphere is as warm and caring as the smallest.
The school is very academics-oriented, with structured rules and expectations. The teaching staff is honest and makes it clear that they are strict
with students because they care. Students abide by a contract system that focuses on homework, behaviour and attendance. Every student is reviewed weekly
by the teachers in a staff meeting, who then speak one-on-one with their advocacy students. The pupils are treated as individuals by the small and
diverse teaching staff.
The school is a safe, intercultural environment that promotes cross-cultural sensitivity, mutual respect and good citizenship. Teachers offer extra
help, motivation and inspiration. The staff gives tutoring before and after school hours and whenever students need help. The program is a mix of
traditional and cooperative learning that encourages everyone to succeed. The teachers like to refer to Options as a place of "academic therapy".