2 San Diego schools named Model Continuation High Schools

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SAN DIEGO — Two campuses in San Diego County were named Wednesday as Model Continuation High Schools by the state Department of Education.

Montecito High School in Ramona and Palomar High School in Chula Vista were among 29 honored for providing innovative programs and comprehensive services to students who may have otherwise been at risk of not graduating.

“These outstanding schools provide teaching approaches that better serve their students and give them every chance to flourish,” said Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction. “Our goal is to ensure that every student receives a high-quality education and, upon graduation, that every student has a plan for the future and the skills necessary to succeed.”

According to the Department of Education, continuation high schools meet the needs of students aged 16 years or older who lack sufficient school credits to graduate. Students benefit from supplemental programs and services like independent study courses, career counseling, job placement, apprenticeships, and concurrent enrollment in community college.

More than 62,000 students attended the state’s 480 continuation high schools in the 2013-14 school year.

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