Mountain View's Alta Vista High named model continuation school

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Alta Vista High School Principal Bill Pierce proudly displays the award his school received for being a model continuation school.

Alta Vista High School in Mountain View last week received recognition as a Model Continuation High School for 2019 from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

Alta Vista was one of 31 schools to receive the designation, announced at the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA) State Conference, held April 26-28 in Santa Clara.

The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program, a joint project of the California Department of Education and the CCEA, recognizes continuation high schools that offer exemplary educational opportunities for their students.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Alta Vista High has been named a Model Continuation High School for the past 20 years.

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

In a letter of notification, Thurmond commended Alta Vista High for working to establish a “nurturing and supportive environment” that motivates 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,” Thurmond wrote.

Alta Vista High is designated a Model Continuation High School through March 2022, during which time the California Department of Education will identify it as a resource for districts planning to establish new continuation high schools.

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