Between 10 to 15 percent of California’s high school students attend alternative schools. Alt-Ed programs vary from community day, juvenile court, to the largest category, continuation schools. These high schools offer a track toward graduation for a diverse population of students aged 16-18 who have slipped through the cracks: students who are not exempt from compulsory school attendance and are considered at-risk of dropping out before graduation. According to California’s Department of Education, there were 85,343 students who attended 435 continuation schools in California during the 2017-18 school year (California Department of Education, 2019). Students at these schools have experienced dropping out. They know what it feels like to become disconnected from school. The goal and perhaps the challenge for continuation schools is to find a way to re-engage students who have demonstrated disengagement from academic culture.