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

SACRAMENTO (Jan. 18, 2013) —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 at For information on the CCEA, please visit the CCEA Web site at
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Attachment: 2013 Model Continuation High Schools
1. Alvord High School
3606 Pierce Street
Riverside, CA 92503-4925
Laura Roy, Principal
2. Amistad High School
44-801 Golf Center Parkway
Indio, CA 92201
Robert Blinkinsop, Principal
3. Back Bay High School
390 Monte Vista Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627-1495
Deborah Davis, Principal
4. Donald C. Jamison High School
351 East Bush Street
Lemoore, CA 93245-3601
Sandi Lowe, Principal
5. Junipero Serra High School
31422 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Richard Bellante, Principal
6. Lee V. Pollard High School
185 Magnolia Avenue
Corona, CA 92879-3329
Mike Ridgway, Principal
7. Ortega High School
520 Chaney Street, Building 100
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-1230
Amy Campbell, Principal
8. Redondo Shores High School
1000 Del Amo Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Erin Simon, Principal
9. Ridgway High School
325 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Robert Hucek, Principal
10. Robertson High School
4455 Seneca Park Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538-4028
Salvador Herrera, Principal
11. San Antonio High School
2861 Randolph Street
Huntington Park, CA 90255-3176
Allan Maciel, Principal
12. Somerset High School
9242 East Laurel Street
Bellflower, CA 90706-7607
Patrick Dixon, Principal
13. Val Verde High School
972 West Morgan Street
Perris, CA 92571-3103
Daniel Flower, Principal