Del Valle Continuation High School Named CA Model Continuation High School
March 24, 2021 - Livermore, CA - The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is proud to announce that Del Valle High School has been selected as a California Model Continuation High School (MCHS) for 2021. This is the third time that Del Valle High School has received this honor.
Erik Taylor, Principal of Del Valle, is appreciative of his staff and their connection with students. “Our core is building positive relationships with students - listening, and taking the time to get to know them. We meet them where they are, both academically and social emotionally, and help them build toolkits which support their growth,” said Taylor. “I have never been more proud to be on such an amazing team.”
There are over 400 continuation high schools serving 50,000 students ages 16-18 throughout California who have not graduated from high school and who were at risk of not completing their education. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced on March 4 that Del Valle High School is one of 27 schools receiving this top recognition.
“Student attendance and engagement in distance learning during the school closures has been difficult—especially for students who struggled with attendance issues before the pandemic,” said Thurmond. “These model schools have been able to keep at-risk students on track using social and emotional learning, mentorship programs, restorative justice practices, and other innovative methods. Through the work of dedicated teachers and administrators, model continuation schools provide the students they serve with new academic opportunities that can change the course of their lives in high school and beyond.”
The MCHS were selected based on an extensive application process that involved assessments and data, including a peer review panel and on-site visit. This year’s visits were conducted virtually due to the pandemic.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized by the State as a model continuation school. We see this as a celebration of our students’ successes and of the ongoing support by our staff and community partners who work tirelessly for our students,” said Taylor.
LVJUSD Superintendent Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. said, “This is such a well deserved recognition for this school and for the educators who continue to serve and support these students every day through distance learning and in the midst of a global pandemic.”
The MCHS Recognition Program is a collaborative partnership between 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 at-risk youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling.