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Small Continuation High Schools

Small Continuation High Schools are small alternative educational program serving approximately 54 students.  The Small Continuation High Schools serve student who may not have been successful in a comprehensive high school setting.  Special Education students must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) designating a Small Continuation High School as the most appropriate educational placement.  The instructional team normally consists of an administrator, 2 teachers a part-time resource specialist, a part-time counselor, a part-time student services coordinator, and part-time clerical support.

Eligible students:

  • Are 16 to 18 years old, in 11th or 12th grade (except Crossroads, which services pregnant or parenting teens in 9th-12th grades).
  • May be deficient in credits.
  • May be lacking in social skills.
  • Have the potential to master grade-level standards.
  • Need more basic academic courses rather than a variety of elective and lab courses.
  • Find success in a smaller setting.

Students who attend a Small Continuation High School are not eligible to participate in California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sports.

Graduation:

Graduation plans are developed as part of the entry process.  For those students wishing to return to the comprehensive high school to graduate, courses are scheduled that align with the comprehensive school requirements.  Students returning to the comprehensive high do so at the semester.  Staff will coordinate with the comprehensive site staff to ensure a successful transition.

Students may also graduate from a Small Continuation High School with a high school diploma.  Students who graduate from a Small Continuation High School complete all high school requirements and are eligible to continue education in community college settings.  Students may then transfer from the community college to 4 year colleges/universities if they desire.  If a student is not achieving success at a Small Continuation High School, other alternative programs may be considered. Graduation requirements are listed below.

 
Comprehensive High School Alternative & Adult Education
Class of 2016 = 220 credits

Class of 2016 = 200 credits

English/40 credits/4 years English/40 credits/4 years

Science/20 credits/2 years

1 yr. of Biological/1 yr. of Physical Science

Science/20 credits/2 years

1 yr. of Biological/1 yr. of Physical Science

World History/10 credits/1 year  World History/10 credits/1 year
U.S. History/10 credits/1 year U.S. History/10 credits/1 year
U.S. Government/Economics/10 credits/1 year U.S. Government/Economics/10 credits/1 year
Mathematics/30 credits/3 years* Mathematics/30 credits/3 years*

Visual & Performing Arts OR World Language

OR Career Technical Education/20 credits**

Visual & Performing Arts OR World Language  

OR Career Technical Education/20 credits**

P.E./20 credits/2 years No P.E. Requirement
Electives/60 credits Electives/60 credits

                    

       *The only Mathematics course  requirement by the State of California is Algebra I.

     **Students pass 10 credits each in two of the three areas.

         For complete Board Policy, see Board Policy #6146 on the District’s web page under Board of Education tab. 

 

The Application Process:

1.  Student and parent should schedule a meeting with the Student Services Coordinator or the appropriate Vice Principal at the school where the student is enrolled to evaluate the student’s progress toward graduation.

2.  If placement in a Small Continuation High School seems appropriate, student should obtain a Voluntary Transfer application from the school where the student is enrolled.

3.  The Voluntary Transfer application must be completed and signed by a school administrator, the parent and the student.

4.  The high school will forward the student’s records and the application to Student Services.

5.  The student will continue to attend the school where he/she is enrolled throughout the application process.

6.  After review, Student Services will forward the application of a student meeting the basic eligibility reports to the administrator of the appropriate school.

7.  The administrator of the Small Continuation High School will review the student’s records to determine if the student is an appropriate candidate for the school.

8.  The student and parent may be contacted by the Small Continuation High School administrator for an interview.

9.  If the student’s Voluntary Transfer application is accepted and there are spaces available in the school, the student will be given a start date. 

10. If the student’s Voluntary Transfer application is accepted and there are no spaces available in the school, the student will be added to a waiting list and will be notified when space is available.

11. If a student’s Voluntary Transfer application is denied, the student will be notified and should discuss other options with the Student Services Coordinator or Vice Principal at the school where he/she is enrolled.

 

The Schools:

CROSSROADS SMALL CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL FOR PREGNANT OR PARENTING TEENS -School Website
Administrator:  Samantha Allen, 
allens@mdusd.org
2701 Willow Pass Rd. (on the Olympic Continuation High campus)
Concord
, CA  94519
(925) 689-6852
Fax:  (925) 603-1771

Single Plan for Student Achievement

GATEWAY SMALL CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL - School Website
Administrator: Dr. Margaret J. Norris, norrism@mdusd.org
235 Pacifica Avenue (on the Riverview Middle School campus)
Bay Point, CA
  94565
(925) 458-1316
Fax:  (925) 458-1487

Single Plan for Student Achievement

SUMMIT SMALL CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL - School Website
Administrator:  Brook Penca, 
pencab@mdusd.org
4200 Concord Blvd. (on the Concord High campus)
Concord
, CA  94521
(925) 687-0991
Fax:  (925) 603-1770

Single Plan for Student Achievement

PROSPECT SMALL CONTINUATION HIGH SCHOOL - School Website
Administrator: Dr. Sharon Brockman,
brockmans@mdusd.org  
1 Santa Barbara Rd. (on the Pleasant Hill Education Center campus)
Pleasant Hill, CA  94523
(925) 682-8000 ext. 3999
Fax:  (925) 937-6052

Single Plan for Student Achievement