DUBLIN -- The Dublin school district's continuation high school is one of 27 that received an award from the state Department of Education on Friday.

Valley High was on the list of 2011 Model Continuation High Schools. There were 35 schools that applied, according to the department. The selected schools retain their title for three years and must submit an annual assurance of compliance with model school guidelines to keep the designation.

With this year's awardees, there are 53 Model Continuation High Schools in the state.

Students 16 years or older who don't have sufficient school credits and are at risk of not graduating attend such schools, which focus on school-to-career education, individualized instructional strategies, intensive guidance and counseling, and flexible school schedules.

More than 69,000 students in California attended 509 continuation high schools in the 2009-10 school year.

-- Eric Louie



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