State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell Recognizes 27 Outstanding Continuation High Schools
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today named 27 California schools as 2011 Model Continuation High Schools for their programs designed to help struggling students stay in school. "These schools create a culture of learning for and provide educational continuity for students whose lives have been challenged," said O'Connell. "These Model Continuation High Schools have programs worth emulating. They help young people realize that getting a good education and earning a high school diploma is their chance toward leading a better and more prosperous life."
Continuation high schools serve students aged 16 years or older who lack sufficient school credits and are at risk of not graduating. These schools focus on school-to-career education, individualized instructional strategies, intensive guidance and counseling, and flexible school schedules to meet student needs. More than 69,000 students in the state attended 509 continuation high schools in 2009–10.
The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program is a partnership of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). The goal of the partnership is to identify and recognize outstanding programs and create a resource list of quality programs for school visitations and for other continuation high schools to emulate.
To be eligible for the recognition, applicants must be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and demonstrate exemplary program effectiveness in school management, curriculum, instructional strategies, educational climate, and guidance and counseling. As part of the application for recognition, parents, students, and community members were required to submit written statements supporting their respective schools.
Thirty-five schools applied for the recognition and 33 were approved for site visits. A review team visited the schools and recommended 27 for model school status.
The selected schools retain their title for three years and must submit an annual assurance of compliance with model school guidelines in order to maintain the designation. With the addition of the new Model Continuation High Schools this year, there is a total of 53 Model Continuation High Schools in the state.