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Release: #13-13
January 18, 2103
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces
the 2013 Model Continuation High Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the designation of 13 new Model Continuation High Schools. These schools are being recognized for providing struggling students with exemplary educational opportunities.

"Continuation high schools increase the chances for vulnerable, at-risk students to complete their education while better preparing them for employment and self-sufficiency," Torlakson said. "Students who find traditional high schools are not meeting their individual needs or situations are often more successful with the flexible educational environment offered on these campuses."

Continuation high schools offer students aged 16 years or older an alternative high school diploma program that focuses on school-to-career education, individualized instructional strategies, intensive guidance and counseling, and flexible school schedules. Many students in continuation education are behind in high school credits. Others may need a flexible school schedule because they have jobs outside of school, family needs, or other circumstances.

More than 69,000 students attended the state's 504 continuation high schools in the 2011–12 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 to create a resource list of quality programs that other schools can visit and emulate and that districts can use when planning to establish new continuation high schools.

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, applicants are required to submit written statements from students, parents/guardians/caregivers, and community members in support of their schools.

A total of 15 continuation high schools applied for model school status and were visited by a review team. Based on site team evaluations, 13 were recommended for model school status.

Selected schools retain their titles for three years. To maintain their status, the schools are required to file an annual statement affirming that the school remains in compliance with model school guidelines. The schools will be recognized at the CCEA State Conference in North Hollywood, California, on April 27, 2013.

For information on continuation education, please visit the CDE Continuation Education Web page. For information on the CCEA, please visit the CCEA Web site at California Continuation Education Association [] External link opens in new window or tab..


2013 Model Continuation High Schools

  1. Alvord High School, 3606 Pierce Street, Riverside, CA 92503-4925, Laura Roy, Principal, 951-358-1715.
  2. Amistad High School, 44-801 Golf Center Parkway, Indio, CA 92201, Robert Blinkinsop, Principal, 760-775-3570.
  3. Back Bay High School, 390 Monte Vista Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-1495, Deborah Davis, Principal, 949-515-6900.
  4. Donald C. Jamison High School, 351 East Bush Street, Lemoore, CA 93245-3601, Sandi Lowe, Principal, 559-924-6620.
  5. Junipero Serra High School, 31422 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Richard Bellante, Principal, 949-489-7216.
  6. Lee V. Pollard High School, 185 Magnolia Avenue, Corona, CA 92879-3329, Mike Ridgway, Principal, 951-736-3367.
  7. Ortega High School, 520 Chaney Street, Building 100, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-1230, Amy Campbell, Principal, 951-253-7065.
  8. Redondo Shores High School, 1000 Del Amo Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, Erin Simon, Principal, 310-798-8690.
  9. Ridgway High School, 325 Ridgway Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, Robert Hucek, Principal, 707-528-5325.
  10. Robertson High School, 4455 Seneca Park Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538-4028, Salvador Herrera, Principal, 510-657-9155.
  11. San Antonio High School, 2861 Randolph Street, Huntington Park, CA 90255-3176, Allan Maciel, Principal, 323-826-2420.
  12. Somerset High School, 9242 East Laurel Street, Bellflower, CA 90706-7607, Patrick Dixon, Principal, 562-804-6548.
  13. Val Verde High School, 972 West Morgan Street, Perris, CA 92571-3103, Daniel Flower, Principal, 951-940-6155.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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