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Model Continuation High School

Valley recognized as Model Continuation High School once again.

Ten campuses in Los Angeles County were named today as Model Continuation High Schools by the state Department of Education.

Allan F. Daily High School in Glendale, Arrow High School and Sierra High School in Glendora, Century High School in Alhambra, Del Mar High School in San Gabriel, Frontier High School in Whittier, Newmark High School in Los Angeles, North Park High School in Baldwin Park, San Antonio High School in Claremont, and Valley Alternative School in Hacienda Heights were among 29 honored for providing innovative programs and comprehensive services to students who may otherwise have been at risk of not graduating.

“These outstanding schools provide teaching approaches that better serve their students and give them every chance to flourish,” said Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction. “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.”

According to the Department of Education, continuation high schools meet the needs of students aged 16 years or older who lack sufficient school credits to graduate. Students benefit from supplemental programs and services like independent study courses, career counseling, job placement, apprenticeships, and concurrent enrollment in community college.

More than 62,000 students attended the state’s 480 continuation high schools in the 2013-14 school year.


Valley Named Model Continuation High School

“It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce the designation of Valley Alternative School as a Model Continuation School for 2011-12 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.  The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding programs and creates a resource list of quality programs for school visitations. These schools provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services.

This honor is a result of the dedication and care that our staff has for our students and it is third consecutive time we have been so honored. Out of 504 continuation high schools, only 64 are now recognized as a Model Continuation High School.

Please join me in congratulating the staff at Valley Alternative School.”


State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Selects

25 California Continuation High Schools

for Model Status


SACRAMENTO—Twenty-five outstanding California schools were named today by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as 2012 Model Continuation High Schools for their programs designed to help struggling students stay in school.

          “Every student comes to school with a different set of needs, and our job is to provide them with the best chance to succeed,” said Torlakson. “That’s why it’s so important to provide students who are having trouble staying in school with great continuation high schools. The schools we are recognizing today have gone the extra mile to help kids get the education they deserve and need to succeed in life and careers. Congratulations to them all.”

Continuation high schools meet the needs of students aged 16 years or older who lack sufficient school credits, are still required to attend school, and are at risk of not graduating. Many of these students have jobs outside of school because of family problems or other circumstances. Continuation high schools offer these students an alternative high school diploma program that focuses on school-to-career education, individualized instructional strategies, intensive guidance and counseling, and flexible school schedules.

More than 69,000 students attended the state’s 504 continuation high schools in the 2010–11 school year.

          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 other schools can visit and emulate.

          To be eligible for the recognition program, 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 are required to submit written statements in support of their schools.

          A total of 27 continuation high schools applied for the recognition and were visited by a review team. Based on their evaluations, 25 were recommended for model school status.

          The selected schools retain their title for three years and must file an annual assurance statement of compliance with model school guidelines in order to maintain the designation. With the addition of the new Model Continuation High Schools, there are now 64 Model Continuation High Schools in California.

          For information on continuation education, please visit the CDE Continuation Education Web page at