Olympic High School, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s last resort for troubled youth, has been recognized by the state for being a Model Continuation High School for 2014.
District officials announced the honor Thursday.
“The innovative programs at your school demonstrate an enduring commitment to provide young people with the educational options and support services they need to successfully complete high school” Tom Torlakson, state superintendent, wrote in a letter to Olympic Principal Janie Gates.
To be eligible for the recognition program, applicants must be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and demonstrate exemplary program effectiveness in school management, curriculum, instructional strategies, educational climate, guidance and counseling, district officials said.
“Continuation high schools increase the chances for vulnerable, at-risk students to complete their education while better preparing them for employment and self-sufficiency,” Torlakson said. “Students who find traditional high schools are not meeting their individual needs or situations are often more successful with the flexible educational environment offered on these campuses.”