2024 California Continuation Education Model School Award

Elliott Educators Accept Model Continuation School Award

State Superintendent of Public instruction Tony Thurmond has announced Robert Elliott Alternative Education Center as one of 31 schools in California and the only school in Stanislaus County to be named as a 2024 California Model Continuation High School. This is the first time Elliott has been selected as a Model Continuation School in the campus’s nearly 45-year history. It was chosen for its diverse array of programs designed to help students attain their high school diplomas and actively participate in their education, as well as for the support it receives from the district office, such as funds to build a new multipurpose room and shop to house a new, innovative green energy career pathway. 

“We are so proud to be recognized as a model program,” said Modesto City Schools Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi. “This accolade not only reflects the commitment of our exceptional, forward-thinking teachers and staff but also celebrates the relentless dedication to excellence shown by every one of our students.” 

Elliott Alternative Education Center underwent a rigorous selection process that included a detailed application, data analysis, and an on-site evaluation by a panel of peers. State Superintendent Thurmond noted that schools like Elliott are crucial in supporting students both academically and personally, serving as models of success for continuation education. 

“Elliott Alternative Education Center stands as a beacon of hope,” said Principal Sarah Cox. “Our students arrive seeking a fresh start and a supportive environment to fulfill their high school graduation requirements and secure their diplomas. Our dedicated and innovative staff is committed to helping them overcome any educational obstacles they encounter.” 

Elliott Principal Sarah Cox Shows Off Model Continuation School Award at Recognition Ceremony

Elliott provides an education tailored to its students’ unique academic and socio-emotional needs with programs such as The Modesto Technical School, Modesto Engineering Industrial and Technical School (MEITS), Health Science Careers, Arts Media and Entertainment, Construction Trades, Leadership, the SOAR to Success orientation, and a 5th-year Senior Program. A strategic partnership with Modesto Junior College also allows Elliott students to engage in college-level courses that contribute to their success long after high school. 

Model Continuation High Schools like Elliott Alternative Education Center also provide flexible scheduling, guidance and counseling services, facilitating a pathway to graduation for students who experience challenges in traditional educational settings.  

More About the California Model Continuation High School Distinction 

More than 430 continuation high schools serve close to 51,000 students throughout the state. Elliott is one of 31 schools selected for the California Model Continuation High School distinction. Those recognized will hold their designation for three years and will be celebrated at the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA) Plus 2024 State Conference on April 27.

The Model Continuation High School Recognition Program represents a partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE) and CCEA Plus, promoting excellence and collaboration among continuation schools. Recognized schools are committed to mentoring and assisting their counterparts across the state. For more information about continuation education, visit the CDE’s Continuation Education webpage.  

For a complete list of 2024 Model Continuation Schools, please read the CDE's news release here.

Modesto City Schools and Elliott Alternative Education Center at the California Continuation Education Association Awards Ceremony