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Contact Information

 Linda Freccero
Student Support Services Counselor (510) 317-3510

Teresa Glaze
DICE Secretary
(510) 317-3511

2014 DICE Graduation


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DICE 2009 Graduation

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DICE Program Design & Features


OVERVIEW: The District Independent Contract Education (D.I.C.E.) program is an alternative educational opportunity for students within the San Lorenzo Unified School District. The program is designed to serve middle and high school students. Students are instructed by certificated teachers in individual and/or small groups. Direct instruction for each student is generally four hours per week. In addition to the direct instruction, students are expected to complete 18 - 30 hours per week of homework between teaching sessions. Students remain nominally enrolled at their home school and continue to work to fulfill their home school’s graduation requirements. Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to be simultaneously enrolled in ROP and/or Adult School, and additionally, hold down part time jobs. Our students who have not been expelled from their home school are welcome to participate in their home school’s extra-curricular activities.

Pedagogy: Our students all have unique needs and in keeping with the district's equity vision, we “provide for each student the academic, emotional, and social support needed” to improve their achievement. We create the net for some San Lorenzo youth who might otherwise fall through the cracks. The staff of D.I.C.E. knows and practices the pedagogy of personal rapport, emotional support, and individualized academic challenge. 



HOW IS D.I.C.E. DIFFERENT FROM INDEPENDENT STUDY and home instruction? Students in the Independent Study program are seen one hour weekly during which time the teacher assigns and records work. Students are expected to complete large amounts of homework each week with little academic support. The students enrolled in D.I.C.E. need more direct instruction, supervision, motivation, and individualized attention than is offered by the Independent Study Program.   Home Instruction is an alternative program for students confined to their homes due to physical disability, illness, injury or confinement for psychological or psychiatric reasons. Instruction is provided by a teacher in the student’s home or at the library. Students in the Home Instruction program are served 4-6 hours weekly, depending on their academic, physical or mental health status.    


 How many students are in D.I.C.E.?   In the past 5 years D.I.C.E. has served more than 200 students per year and graduated a minimum of 27 students per year.  



Strategies Employed:

  • Tailored individual instruction
  • Positive adult and peer interactions in a safe, low-stress environment
  • Capitalizing on student strengths to build positive self-worth
  • Self-awareness
  • Test preparation
  • Credit recovery
  • Reading and math skill recovery
  • Small group work
  • Authentic and traditional assessment
  • Personal responsibility and accountability
  • Goal setting
  • Organizational techniques
  • Citizenship building
  • Cross-age tutoring
  • Gang intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Strong student, parent, teacher communication and relationships
  • Collaboration with home school personnel, ROP personnel, and parole officers when appropriate
Kurtcu, Wanda
Teacher, DICE Program
Nordin, Paul
DICE Teacher
Rubin, Sally
DICE Teacher
Vernon, Tracy
District Staff