Fremont’s Robertson High School was designated a “Model Continuation High School” by the state.
State Superintended of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson made the announcement last week.
The Fremont school is one of 13 throughout the state to receive the recognition and one of two in the Bay Area to earn the honor. Ridgway High School in Santa Rosa also made Torlakson’s list.
The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program is a partnership between the California Department of Education and the California Continuation Education Association to identify outstanding high schools in the state. The identified schools become a resource for other continuation programs to emulate, according to a press release.
To be considered a model school, applicants must be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and demonstrate effective management, curriculum, strategies, guidance and counseling. Students, parents and community members must submit letters of support for their schools.
Robertson and other model schools will retain the title for a period of three years and must continue to adhere by model school guidelines.
According to the California Department of Education, there are 504 continuation schools in the state with more than 69,000 students enrolled in the 2011-12 school year.
Continuation schools such as Robertson High offer an alternative high school diploma program for students 16 years and older with an emphasis on school-to-career education. Continuation schools focus on individualized instruction with intensive guidance and counseling.
“Continuation high schools increase the chances for vulnerable, at-risk students to complete their education while better preparing them for employment and self-sufficiency,” Torlakson said in a statement. “Students who find traditional high schools are not meeting their individual needs or situations are often more successful with the flexible educational environment offered on these campuses.”