Just like public schools, youth at the Santa Cruz County Detention Facility are required to attend school every weekday, including during the summer. School is taught by certified teachers. Students attend school for 5 hours each day and are placed into their classroom based on gender. Detainees remain in their assigned classroom throughout their school day.

In addition to traditional school subjects, this facility also includes two other programs.  A hip hop music class twice a week; this is an optional class offered to all detainees. The second program is entitled “Merging Two Worlds” and educates students on every day life skills.