The San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education recently voted to approve the Options For Youth (OFY) San Bernardino Public Charter School’s renewal petition for five years.

"We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with the District as part of our commitment to the youth in our area," OFY officials said in a news release.

For 10 years, OFY San Bernardino has been educating students in grades 7-12 who have faced challenges in their regular public schools. This includes social, emotional, and academic issues as well as those with chronic absences, parenting teens, foster youth, and homeless students.

SBCUSD’s graduation percentage has steadily increased over the years and is currently at an all-time high. Almost 92 percent of students earned a diploma with OFY San Bernardino or transferred back to another public school program on track to graduate, helping to bolster the SBCUSD graduation rate in 2017.

"The program offers the community’s underserved students a flexible, personalized approach that re-engages and empowers them to become lifelong learners who contribute to their community and be productive members of society," OFY officials said.

Students at OFY also re-engage with their community through volunteer activities like cooking for families and helping with the Ronald McDonald House, Walk for Kids, Helping Hands Pantry, Community Gardening, Angels Closets in Redlands, and American Red Cross blood drives.

OFY has two locations in Fontana.

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