State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Model Continuation High Schools for 2022

Earlier in February, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced that our very own Columbus High School is one of 36 schools across the state of California recognized as Model Continuation High Schools (MCHS) for 2022. Columbus High School and the other Model schools are recognized for their innovative approach to instruction and helping students who have faced many challenges—including behavior issues, chronic absenteeism and truancy—get back on the pathway to learning.

CDE Model School

“These model schools provide invaluable resources and academic opportunities to our high-needs students, who often are dealing with difficult life events,” said Thurmond. “Students reap the benefits of social and emotional learning, mentorship programs, student wellness, and restorative justice practices, among other exemplary methods. The efforts of teachers and administrators at our Model Continuation High Schools provide students with the social support, goal-setting, and coping skills that they need to succeed in the academic setting and in their lives after high school.”

There are more than 430 continuation high schools that serve close to 78,000 students throughout the state. Continuation schools provide a high school diploma program for students ages 16 through 18 who have not graduated from high school, are required to attend school and are at risk of not completing their education.

The MCHS were selected based on a comprehensive and competitive application process that involved effectiveness, assessments and use of data. The process included a peer review panel and virtual visit. The Model Continuation High Schools Recognition Program is a joint project of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association Plus (CCEA Plus). The program honors continuation high schools for the comprehensive services they provide to at-risk youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance and counseling. Not only does this involve operating and supporting their own exemplary program, but MCHS-recognized educators make a commitment to support and mentor fellow teachers from other districts and schools.

Columbus High School, along with the 35 other schools selected as Model Continuation High Schools, retain their designation for three years and will be recognized at the CCEA Plus 2022 State Conference in Long Beach on May 5 through 8, 2022. To see the entire list of schools or to find more information, please visit the CDE Continuation Education web page.