State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell has named Culver Park High School a 2010 Model Continuation High School –one of just 12 California schools so recognized for their programs designed to help struggling students stay in school.
“Model Continuation High Schools provide troubled students with exemplary programs designed to give them a second chance to stay in school, graduate, and go on to better lives and careers,” O’Connell said. “The teachers, staff, students, and parents of these schools should be proud of this significant recognition.”
Continuation high schools serve students aged 16 years or older who lack sufficient school credits and are at risk of not graduating. These schools focus on school-to-career education, individualized instructional strategies, intensive guidance and counseling, and flexible school schedules to meet student needs. More than 70,000 students in the state attended 525 continuation high schools in 2008-09, the latest data available.
“Culver Park High School provides an outstanding learning environment for our students who need the specialize instruction the school provides,” said Superintendent Myrna Rivera Coté. “Principal Marianne Turner and her staff at Culver Park should all be proud of this very prestigious honor. Becoming a Model Continuation High School is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to providing only the best for their students.”
The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program is a partnership of the California Department of Education and the California Continuation Education Association. The goal of the partnership is to identify and recognize outstanding programs and create a resource list of quality programs for school visitations and for other continuation high schools to emulate.
To be eligible for the recognition, applicants must be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and demonstrate exemplary program effectiveness, in school management, curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment and evaluation, guidance and counseling, and education climate. As part of the application for recognition, parents, students, and community members were required to submit written statements supporting their respective schools.
The selected schools retain their title for three years and must submit an annual assurance of compliance with model school guidelines in order to maintain the designation. With the addition of the new Model Continuation High Schools this year, there are a total of 55 Model Continuation High Schools in the state.