State honors Lemoore continuation high school

The Fresno BeeJanuary 18, 2013 

A Lemoore continuation high school has received a top honor from the state Department of Education.

Donald C. Jamison High School in Lemoore was named one of 13 California Model Continuation High Schools and was the only one from the Central Valley.

The schools were recognized for providing struggling students with exemplary educational opportunities. The model continuation school program is new to California.

"Continuation high schools increase the chances for vulnerable, at-risk students to complete their education while better preparing them for employment and self-sufficiency," Tom Torlakson, California's superintendent of schools 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."

More than 69,000 students attended the state's 504 continuation high schools in the 2011-12 school year.

The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program is a partnership of the state Department of Education and the California Continuation Education Association. Its goal is to recognize top programs and create a list of quality programs for other schools to follow and that districts can use in establishing new continuation high schools.

Schools retain their titles for three years. To maintain their status, school officials are required to file an annual statement affirming the school remains in compliance with model school guidelines.

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