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2017 Model School

Back Bay High School Receives Model Continuation School Award!

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) is proud to announce that Back Bay High School received a Model Continuation High School Award. The Model Continuation High Schools Recognition Program is a joint project of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). The program honors continuation high schools for the comprehensive services they provide to youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling.

The process to become a Model School is lengthy and entails an application including attendance information, graduation rates, curriculum submissions and a site visit by administrators and teachers trained specifically to evaluate continuation high schools. Schools are selected by a joint board of continuation region representatives and the California Continuation High Schools Evaluation Committee. Sites that receive a superior rating on their application are chosen for a state validation visit.

During Principal Davis' tenure this is the third time Back Bay has been elected as a Model Continuation High School. The staff at Back Bay High School is deeply motivated to help each student achieve success and emphasize the importance of attitude, effort, and attendance. They welcome students from all walks of life into a small and nurturing environment where each student is held accountable for their own success.

NMUSD Board President Karen Yelsey said, "We always think of Back Bay as an exceptional model school, and are thrilled to see it recognized as such throughout California. Well deserved!

In addition to their Model Continuation High School award, in 2016 Back Bay was awarded the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Silver Implementation Award which recognized Back Bay for its safe and positive school culture.

The Model Continuation School Award is a statewide recognition program. California has 452 continuation high schools statewide, 35 of which received the Model Continuation High School Award. Schools retain their designation for three years.