2012-02-24 / Schools

Apollo High School deemed a model to follow statewide

Campus earns designation as top continuation high school

Twenty- five outstanding California schools were recently named as 2012 Model Continuation High Schools for their programs designed to help struggling students stay in school.

Following are the local Model Continuation High Schools.

Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. Principal Dean May, (805) 520-6150.

Conejo Valley High School, 1872 Newbury Road, Newbury Park, Principal Martin Manzer, (805) 498-6646.

Continuation high schools meet the needs of students aged 16 years or older who lack suffi cient 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. Con- tinuation 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 and the California Continuation Education Association.

The partnership identifies and recognizes outstanding programs and creates 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 schools, there are now 64 model continuation high schools in California.

For information, visit the CDE Continuation Education site at www.cde.ca.gov.

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