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 Two Local Continuation High Schools Recognized

​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 community college.

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 Francisco. 

For information on continuation education, please visit the CDE Continuation Education webpage or the CCEA website.