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RCHS Named Model School 2016

Local continuation high schools declared a model for rest of state

By City News Service

POSTED:  03/28/16, 2:43 PM PDT |  UPDATED: ON 03/28/2016

The state Department of Education on Monday named 37 model continuation high schools, including 10 campuses in Los Angeles and San Bernardion counties.

The schools were recognized for innovative teaching approaches that enable students with diverse needs to complete their high school education, according to state education officials.

Those honored in Los Angeles County were Independence High School in Van Nuys, R.K. Lloyde High School in Lawndale, Park West High School in Pomona, Redondo Shores High School in Redondo Beach, Rose City High School in Pasadena, Ruben Salazar High School in Pico Rivera, Somerset High School in Bellflower and Whitcomb High School in Glendora.

San Bernardino County continuation schools that named were Sierra High School in San Bernardino and Slover Mountain High School in Bloomington.

“I commend these schools for their exceptional work in keeping our students on the path to career and college readiness,” said Tom Torlakson, state Superintendent of Public Instruction in a press release. “Thanks to the guidance and support offered, our students leave with a high-quality education and the self- confidence required to build a better future.”

Continuation high schools serve students aged 16 years or older who have not graduated from high school, are at risk of not graduating, and are not exempt from compulsory school attendance. The minimum attendance is 15 hours per week or 180 minutes daily.

The state Department of Education said students benefit from the supplemental programs and services, such as independent study courses, career counseling, job placement, apprenticeships and concurrent enrollment in community college.

More than 60,000 students attended the state’s 460 continuation high schools in the 2014-15 school year, according to the CDE.