Lake Elsinore’s Ortega High School Honored By State As Model Continuation School

The designation means Ortega is now a resource that other schools can visit and emulate and districts can use when planning to establish new continuation high schools.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced the designation of 13 new Model Continuation High Schools, and Ortega High School in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District was on the list.

These schools have been recognized for providing struggling students with exemplary educational opportunities, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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“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. “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.”                                           

Continuation high schools offer students aged 16 years or older an alternative high school diploma program that focuses on school-to-career education, individualized instructional strategies, intensive guidance and counseling, and flexible school schedules. Many students in continuation education are behind in high school credits. Others may need a flexible school schedule because they have jobs outside of school, family needs, or other circumstances, Torlakson explained.

More than 69,000 students attended the state’s 504 continuation high schools in the 2011–12 school year, according to Torlakson.

The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program is a partnership of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). The goal of the partnership is to identify and recognize outstanding programs and to create a resource list of quality programs that other schools can visit and emulate and that districts can use when planning to establish new continuation high schools, Torlakson explained.

To be eligible for the recognition program, applicants must be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and demonstrate exemplary program effectiveness in school management, curriculum, instructional strategies, educational climate, and guidance and counseling. As part of the application for recognition, applicants are required to submit written statements from students, parents/guardians/caregivers, and community members in support of their schools, the superintendent said.

Selected schools retain their titles for three years. To maintain their status, the schools are required to file an annual statement affirming that the school remains in compliance with model school guidelines. The schools will be recognized at the CCEA State Conference in North Hollywood, California, on April 27, 2013.

The list of recognized schools follows:

Alvord High School

3606 Pierce Street

Riverside, CA 92503-4925

Laura Roy, Principal



Amistad High School

44-801 Golf Center Parkway

Indio, CA 92201

Robert Blinkinsop, Principal



Back Bay High School

390 Monte Vista Avenue

Costa Mesa, CA 92627-1495

Deborah Davis, Principal



Donald C. Jamison High School 

351 East Bush Street

Lemoore, CA 93245-3601

Sandi Lowe, Principal



Junipero Serra High School

31422 Camino Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Richard Bellante, Principal



Lee V. Pollard High School

185 Magnolia Avenue

Corona, CA 92879-3329

Mike Ridgway, Principal



Ortega High School

520 Chaney Street, Building 100

Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-1230

Amy Campbell, Principal



Redondo Shores High School

1000 Del Amo Street

Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Erin Simon, Principal



Ridgway High School

325 Ridgway Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Robert Hucek, Principal



Robertson High School

4455 Seneca Park Avenue

Fremont, CA 94538-4028

Salvador Herrera, Principal



San Antonio High School

2861 Randolph Street

Huntington Park, CA 90255-3176

Allan Maciel, Principal



Somerset High School

9242 East Laurel Street

Bellflower, CA 90706-7607

Patrick Dixon, Principal



Val Verde High School

972 West Morgan Street

Perris, CA 92571-3103

Daniel Flower, Principal




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