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Alta Vista Named Model Continuation High School

2019 is 20th Year for the Designation

The California Department of Education (CDE) announced this week that MVLA’s Alta Vista High School (AVHS) has received the designation of a Model Continuation High School (MCHS) for 2019 by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.


As one of only 31 schools to receive the designation, AVHS will be recognized as a MCHS at the 2019 California Continuation Education Association (CCEA) State Conference, scheduled for April 26–28, 2019, in Santa Clara, California. An award certificate will be presented at the conference.

The MCHS Recognition Program is a joint project of the CDE and the California Continuation Education Association, and it recognizes continuation high schools that offer exemplary educational opportunities for their students.

Alta Vista High School has been designated as Model Continuation High School for the last 20 years. This new designation is valid through 2022. Excerpts of AVHS’s report will be available in April.

AVHS Principal Bill Pierce said, ”It is clear to me that the secret to our success rests firmly with the incredible Alta Vista High staff.  Strong academics in the classroom, paired with empathy and compassion, makes our teaching and support staff the center of our successful model.”

In the letter of notification, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond wrote, “I commend you for working to establish a nurturing and supportive environment that motivates each of your students to excel.  The innovative programs at your school demonstrate an enduring commitment to provide young people with the educational options and support they need to successfully complete high school, transition to higher education, and enter the workforce.”


During the three years that Alta Vista High School is designated as a MCHS ( April 2019 to March 2022), the CDE will continue to identify AVHS as a resource for districts that are planning to establish new continuation high schools.