State recognizes Village High
School is one of 12 named 'Model Continuation High School'
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell recently named Village High School as a 2008 Model Continuation High School. The school was one of 12 to be recognized among the reported 519 continuation high schools in California and the second in the Bay Area.
"We are very excited," Greg Giglio, principal of alternative education, said, adding that the honor is won in cycles. This is Village's fourth cycle in a row to win, he said.
Giglio compared the screening process to that of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) credentialing program. They look at the whole program, including test scores, curriculum, opportunities for students and ways for parents to be involved. A visitation team then tours the school for a couple days and interviews staff, students and parents.
"The feedback I got from the visitation team is that we provide structure and build solid relationships with students to help them dig themselves out of the hole and get back on track and graduate," Giglio said. "The staff is a veteran staff and really does a lot to help students reach their potential."
Continuation high schools are for students ages 16 and older who are at risk of not graduating. Village High boasts a high graduation rate, which Giglio said is usually between 90 to 100 percent.
"We're very proud of our students," he said. "They don't always get the best reputation and they really can and do achieve a lot of amazing things when they come here. It's always great to see them rewarded this way; it's on par with all the awards that Amador and Foothill receive."
The continuation high school recognition program is a partnership of the California Department of Education and the California Continuation Education Association. For more information on continuation education, visit www.cde.ca.gov/105244, or on Village High School, visit www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/village.