Continuation education, as Robert Denham, dean of th School of Education at Redlands Univesity writes in today's Huffington Post, is a high school diploma program designed to meet the needs of students at least 16 years of age who have not graduated, are not exempt from compulsory attendance, and are deemed at risk of not completing their degree. Students in continuation education often lack credits or need a flexible schedule because of employment or family obligations. Offering an alternative path for earning a diploma can mean the difference between graduating and dropping out.
Today, outgoing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced the 2011 "best of" list of 27 outstanding continuation high schools. The choices were made from applications; of the 509 continuation schools in the state, only 35 applied to be considered "model." The list, distributed by the CA State Dept. of Education, includes these schools covered by their local newspapers: