Lopez High honored by state as model continuation high school

clambert@thetribunenews.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Lopez High School has been selected as one of 24 model continuation high schools in California, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

The high schools were recognized for their exemplary programs that provide at-risk students the environment they need to flourish, according to a news release from the state Department of Education.

Lopez High, on the Nipomo Mesa in the Lucia Mar Unified School District, has been designated a model school several times before, in 2000, 2007 and 2010. Selected schools retain their title for three years.

“Continuation high schools serve as an alternative highway for struggling students to complete their high school education and continue on the road to higher learning or out into the workforce,” Torlakson said.

More than 67,000 students attended the state’s 479 continuation high schools in the 2012-13 school year. Continuation high schools offer students aged 16 years or older an alternative high school diploma program.

Lopez High School served 143 students in the 2011-12 school year, according to the school’s most recent accountability report card. The high school also offers an independent study program and services supporting pregnant and parenting teens.

Twenty-seven schools applied for the designation, and a review team visited 25 of them, according to the news release. The program is a partnership between the education department and the California Continuation Education Association.

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