State Superintendent Recognizes Richland High School with Second Consecutive Model Continuation High School Title

Orange, CA – February 27, 2020 – Richland High School has been named a 2020 Model Continuation High School (MCHS) by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. As one of 43 schools Statewide to receive this honor, Richland will retain their MCHS designation for three years. Richland was previously awarded the MCHS distinction in 2017.

The MCHS were selected based on a comprehensive and competitive application process that involved assessments and data. The process included a peer review panel and on-site visit.

“We are extremely proud of the entire Richland High School community for being recognized once again as a Model Continuation High School,” stated Assistant Superintendent Cathleen Corella. “The Richland staff is to be commended for their passion and dedication to guiding our at-promise students to find their purpose, voice, and the ability to self-regulate their learning.”

Continuation schools provide a high school diploma program for students ages sixteen through eighteen who have not graduated from high school, are required to attend school, and are at risk of not completing their education.

The MCHS Recognition Program is a collaborative partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). The program honors continuation high schools for the comprehensive services they provide at-risk youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling.

 “This recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and determination of the teachers, school staff, and administrators who are helping these students to thrive personally and academically,” said Thurmond. “With the right guidance, encouragement, and support, students in continuation high schools can access the same career and college opportunities after graduation as their peers in traditional school settings. These model schools give students a chance to not only succeed in high school but in life.”

The 2020 Model Continuation High Schools will be recognized at the 2020 CCEA State Conference in San Diego on May 1–3.  

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The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.