2011 Model Continuation High Schools
In March of 2011, Sture Larsson High School and John McCandless High School, which is now combined into Village Oaks High School, were recognized by the California Department of Education and the California Continuation Education Association as Model Continuation High Schools.
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 create are source list of quality programs for school visitations and for other continuation high schools to emulate. More than 69,000 students in the state attended 509 continuation high schools in 2009–10.
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, educational climate, and guidance and counseling. As part of the application for recognition, parents, students, and community members were required to submit written statements supporting their respective schools.
Schools that successfully meet the rigorous requirements, including an application and on site committee visit, are recognized and presented awards at the annual CCEA Conference during the Recognition Program. The two schools received a plaque and display a Model Continuation High School flag. A letter, sent from the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction congratulating the schools, was also given to the staff during the awards ceremony.
“These schools create a culture of learning for and provide educational continuity for students whose lives have been challenged,” said O’Connell. “These Model Continuation High Schools have programs worth emulating. They help young people realize that getting a good education and earning a high school diploma is their chance toward leading a better and more prosperous life.”
Village Oaks is proud to be recognized with this award and strive to continuously improve and grow in our effort to meet the needs of our student population.