State officials recently named two San Diego County schools
Model Continuation High Schools, recognizing them and 27 other schools across
the state for providing innovative programs and comprehensive services to
students who may have otherwise been at risk of not graduating.
“These outstanding schools provide teaching approaches that
better serve their students and give them every chance to flourish,” State
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. “Our goal is to ensure
that every student receives a high-quality education and, upon graduation, that
every student has a plan for the future and the skills necessary to succeed.”
The local recipients were Montecito High School in Ramona
and Palomar High School in Chula Vista.
Continuation high schools meet the needs of students aged 16
years or older who lack sufficient school credits to graduate. The minimum
attendance is 15 hours per week or 180 minutes daily. Students benefit from the
supplemental programs and services, such as independent study courses, career
counseling, job placement, apprenticeships, and concurrent enrollment in
More than 62,000 students attended California’s 480
continuation high schools in the 2013–14 school year.
The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program is a
partnership between the California Department of Education and the California
Continuation Education Association (CCEA). A benefit of this joint effort is
the establishment of a resource list of quality programs. Schools on this list
can serve as models for other continuation schools.
The selected schools, which retain their title for three
years, will be recognized at the 2015 CCEA State Conference held in May in San
For information on continuation education, please visit the
CDE Continuation Education webpage or the CCEA website.