Valley High School in Escondido has been named a 2017 Model Continuation High School, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Wednesday.
Valley High School, in the Escondido Union High School District, is one of 35 newly designated Model Continuation High Schools throughout the state. Principal Dan Barajas leads the campus.
"I applaud the dedicated administration and staff on their work to assist and motivate at-risk students and help them reach their full potential," Torlakson said. "The positive and nurturing climate these schools have created inspires students to do well in their academic work and also to contribute to their communities."
The Model Continuation High Schools are recognized for operating innovative academic programs that help prepare at-risk students for 21st-century careers and college. Continuation schools provide a high school diploma program for students ages 16 to 18 who have not graduated from high school, are required to attend school, and are at risk of not completing their education.
All the schools recognized offer innovative, effective programs. The schools were selected based on a comprehensive and competitive application process that involved effectiveness, assessments, and use of data. The process included a peer review panel and site visit.
The Model Continuation High Schools Recognition Program is a joint project of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). The program honors continuation high schools for the comprehensive services they provide to at-risk youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling. More than 55,000 students attended the state's 452 continuation high schools in the 2015-16 school year.
The 35 newly named Model Continuation High Schools retain their designation for three years. They will be recognized April 28-30 at the 2017 CCEA State Conference in Fresno. For more information, visit the CDE Continuation Education and CCEA websites.