The announcement was made by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, on February 16. “I applaud the dedicated administration and staff on their work to assist and motivate at-risk students and help them reach their full potential,” said Torlakson, in the CDE’s announcement. “The positive and nurturing climate these schools have created inspires students to do well in their academic work and also to contribute to their communities.”
Model Continuation High Schools were recognized for operating innovative academic programs that help prepare at-promise students for 21st century careers and college. The Model Continuation High Schools Recognition Program is a joint project of the CDE and the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). The program honors continuation high schools for the comprehensive services they provide at-risk youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling.
"We are extremely proud of the amazing life-enriching educational opportunities provided to our Village High School students," said Assistant Superintendent of Educational Serviced Dr. Odie Douglas. "The staff works collaboratively and tirelessly to assist every student achieve his/her college and/or career goals in a supportive, caring, and nurturing learning environment. It's a special place where our students strive!"
Village High School, Pleasanton’s only continuation school, opened in 1978 and is home to approximately 150 students. The school offers a smaller school setting with reduced class sizes for students needing to recover credits to graduate on time or simply seeking an alternative high school environment.
“We have powerful instruction going on throughout the campus. We have a low student-to-teacher ratio, which ensures that students can have their unique needs met,” said Village High School Principal Dana Chavez. “Our students feel a sense of family here, from our teachers to site secretaries. When students transfer here, they feel like they’re getting their needs met academically, socially, and emotionally.”
Village High School will retain its designation as a Model Continuation High School for three years and will be recognized at the 2017 CCEA State Conference in Fresno on April 28–30.