Principal's Message

September 8, 2020

Hello Educational Options Center students and families! My name is Dennis Deets and I am the very proud principal of Raincross H.S., Opportunity Program, and Summit View Home-Based Program. I am so happy to welcome everyone back to the 2020-2021 School Year! All Programs (Home Based, Virtual, and In-Person) will begin as Distance Learning.

When we abruptly ended the 2019-2020 school year last March and implemented remote learning, it was a time of new learning and opportunities for us all. Students, teachers, families, classified staff, and administrators all had to learn a new way of connecting, learning, and working. I am amazed and appreciative of the efforts, energy, and engagement that was shown during such an incredibly unprecedented event.

As we move forward and begin the new school year, I would like to introduce our Assistant Principal, Ms. Erin Reid. Ms. Reid has been an educator for over 28 years, with 6 of those being right here at Educational Options Center. 

This year also added a new adventure. Summit View Independent Study for 11th and 12th graders was restructured into the Summit View Home-Based Program (SVHP) for students grades TK-12th grade, where the parent is the primary instructor. Each child is assigned a RUSD Advising teacher who provides curriculum, scope and sequence, resources, and suggested activities. Parents will lesson plan, teach their child, provide work samples, meet at least weekly with an Advising Teacher and assist in attendance monitoring. Although high school students may be doing a lot of their coursework online, the parent is still responsible for ensuring the student is making progress through their coursework.  This program allows flexibility for families who cannot be or do not want to be tied to the schedule of the virtual or in-person programs. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us.

School during the 2020-21 school year will be different, but it will be robust and focused on what works best for our families. Please encourage your children, regardless of program choice and regardless of grade level, to stay connected to school. We are here to help guide and support our community as we embark on this new educational journey.


Dennis Deets, Director Alternative Education