CONTACT:  Janie Gates, Principal                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 70229                                   17 DEC 2010



OLympic high school recognized as model continuation high school


SMMUSD’s Olympic High School has been named one of twenty-seven 2011 Model Continuation High Schools by State Superintendent Jack O’Connell.  These schools were so recognized for their programs designed to help struggling students stay in school.


“We at Olympic are delighted to have our school and staff recognized for the instruction and support provided to students on our small campus,” commented Olympic Principal Dr. Janie Gates.  “We're especially grateful to  the Santa Monica Police Department, St John's Hospital, the Santa Monica Education Foundation, the City of Santa Monica, and the community for the additional services and program opportunities they provide for our students. This is the best possible of holiday gifts!”


“We are thrilled that Olympic High School has been recognized as an outstanding continuation high school,” said SMMUSD’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sally Chou.  “Olympic provides opportunities for students who need a smaller environment, more individualized attention, and a myriad of electives to keep them engaged and challenged.” 


“These schools create a culture of learning for and provide educational continuity for students whose lives have been challenged,” said State Superintendent Jack O’Connell. “These Model Continuation High Schools have programs worth emulating. They help young people realize that getting a good education and earning a high school diploma is their chance toward leading a better and more prosperous life.”


According to the CA Dept of Education’s website, continuation education is a high school diploma program designed to meet the needs of students sixteen through eighteen years of age who have not graduated from high school, are not exempt from compulsory school attendance, and are deemed at risk of not completing their education.


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 create a resource list of quality programs for school visitations and for other continuation high schools to emulate.


To be eligible for the recognition, 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, parents, students, and community members were required to submit written statements supporting their respective schools by September.  Site validation visits occurred in October and November. 


Dr. Chou said she is pleased that SMMUSD is able to offer its students “a wonderful alternative where they can be successful and continue with their future plans.”





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