Continuation education is a high school diploma program designed to meet the needs of students sixteen through eighteen years of age who have not graduated from high school, are not exempt from compulsory school attendance, and are deemed at risk of not completing their education . California Education Code (EC) sections that provide for continuation education include sections 44865, 46170, 48400-48438, and 51055.
Students enrolled in continuation education programs are often credit deficient or in need of a flexible schedule due to employment, family obligations, and/or other critical needs. For apportionment purposes, a minimum day of attendance in continuation education is 180 minutes. However, many continuation high schools offer academic programs that exceed the minimum daily attendance requirement.
In addition to providing state mandated academic courses for high school graduation, continuation education emphasizes guidance, career orientation, and/or a work-study schedule. Supplemental programs and services may include independent study, Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, career counseling, job placement, and apprenticeships.
Information on program purpose, services, outcomes, funding, students served, and results.
Model Continuation High School Recognition Program
The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding programs and creates a resource list of quality programs for school visitations.
Continuation Education E-mail List
To receive information about the establishment and operation of continuation education schools by e-mail, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Continuation Education - CalEdFacts
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The Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) provides accountability for educational options schools serving very high-risk, highly mobile students. These schools include continuation, community day, county community, juvenile court, Division of Juvenile Justice, opportunity, and other alternative schools that meet stringent criteria set by the State Board of Education.
- Resources for Educational Options Programs and schools.
Pupil Retention Block Grant
Beginning in 2005-06, funding for the Continuation Education program has been included in the Pupil Retention Block Grant, established by Assembly Bill 825, (Chapter 871, Statutes of 2004) and the California EC sections that governed the Continuation Education program have been repealed.
Local educational agencies that received funding in 2003-04 for Continuation Education are eligible to receive funds from the Pupil Retention Block Grant and may utilize the funding for any of the purposes of the programs included in that Block Grant, with only a few statutory limits. Refer to Pupil Retention Block Grant for specific information regarding the use of the funds, as well as the other block grants established by AB 825.
Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office
Jacie Ragland, Education Programs Consultant