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Continuation high for Ripon

Aim is to help struggling students graduate

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POSTED February 14, 2013 12:47 a.m.

Students struggling to meet graduation requirements could soon have an educational option.

 Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District on Monday approved the application for a continuation school.

Camille Taylor, director of student support services, said the district will look to establish this alternative education for those who have fallen behind in their curriculum.

“Classes would be smaller, individualized, and designed for them,” she said.

The name filed on the state application reads “RUSD Continuation School.” But, Taylor said, that’s in name only.

“It’s only a temporary name,” she added.

Superintendent Louise Johnson listed a few reasons to start up a continuation school.

At Ripon High, some students have experienced difficulties in remaining on track for graduation while others have fallen behind in credits.

“Previously, neighboring school districts were able to accommodate the few students needing an alternative high school, but with the increasing number of Ripon students needing this option, it is time for the district to establish its own continuation school,” she said in her Feb. 1 letter to the state Education Programs Consultant Jacie Ragland.

Once started, Johnson noted, the school will not only address the needs of students but accept both voluntary and involuntary transfer students from Ripon High.

The state education code requires a district to establish and maintain a continuation class at each high school.

“To date, the Ripon district does not have a continuation high school program, and needs to establish one at this point in time,” Johnson said

Taylor noted that the proposed continuation school would kickoff with a two-member staff.

Students, who must be at least 16, would have a place in Ripon to make up courses in English, math, history, life science, health and even some of the electives.

In addition, the district hopes to maintain some of its enrollment figures with a continuation school serving as a safety net.

In the past year, RHS lost about 20 students. Of that, 15 lacked units and five turned 18 and dropped out of school.



To contact Vince Rembulat, e-mail vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com.

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