SPI announces Model Continuation High Schools for 2024
April 22, 2024
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently announced that 31 schools throughout the state were recognized as Model Continuation High Schools for 2024. Model Continuation High Schools provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services.
Continuation schools provide a high school diploma program for students who have not graduated from high school, are required to attend school and are at risk of not completing their education. “Congratulations to these outstanding schools for their all-around excellence as alternative centers of learning,” said Superintendent Thurmond, in a news release. “Teachers and administrators at our Model Continuation High Schools work to develop relationships with students to create a positive and personalized learning environment and provide them with opportunities to explore options beyond high school, preparing students for the next chapter in their lives.”
More than 430 continuation high schools serve close to 51,000 students throughout the state. Model Continuation High Schools excel and provide exceptional opportunities for their students to pursue academic and social success. For example:
Raincross High School in Riverside emphasizes relationship building as a crucial area of concern for all stakeholders and understanding that individual students’ needs are a significant focus for their shared leadership professional learning community. Raincross has exemplary community partnerships supporting the site, creating a unique opportunity for customized personal and educational experiences that ensure every student can prepare for the challenges of becoming a young adult and responsible community member.
Black Diamond High School in Pittsburg fosters a warm and inclusive learning environment where dedicated adults prioritize the social–emotional and academic well-being of every student. The school maintains a commitment to understanding the challenges faced by students and educators. Black Diamond High embraces a culture of continuous reflection and growth, with administrators and teachers consistently striving to refine classroom instruction in response to students’ evolving needs.
Calaveras Hills High School in Milpitas is committed to redefining alternative education through positive, close-knit relationships and by providing students with a unique and empowering learning experience that equips them for the challenges of the future. The school provides a dynamic and inclusive learning environment that caters to the diverse needs of all students in their care. The school’s emphasis on project-based learning, hands-on projects, real-world application, and collaborative problem-solving helps instill a sense of civic responsibility and social awareness where all students are valued for their unique insight and contributions to society.
César Chávez Continuation High School in Compton exhibits a strong commitment to the well-being and academic success of its students. The innovative approaches to curriculum and instructional strategies, coupled with a positive educational climate and comprehensive guidance and counseling services, contribute to a thriving learning community.
Kings Canyon High School in Reedley is a shining example of how amazing small schools can be. The campus is filled with staff who put the needs of the kids they serve first. Their genuine care and intentional relationship-building have created an authentic culture that is safe, inclusive and supportive. The community partnerships and holistic supports for students and families set the bar for alternative education schools in California. Administration ensures that staff have access to appropriate and timely professional learning opportunities while also encouraging teacher autonomy.
Hillview High School in Tustin distinguishes itself as a nurturing and community-focused educational institution, deeply esteemed by various stakeholders. The leadership and staff at the school are all-in, demonstrating exemplary commitment and wholehearted dedication to providing the best for their students, emphasizing their role in fostering personal growth and comfort. Initiatives like volunteer requirements and customized education not only enhance academic skills but also instill a sense of purpose in the students.