PROGRAM DESCRIPTION/STUDENT PROFILE
Calaveras Hills High School, established in 1969, is a continuation high school serving the students of the Milpitas Unified School District. The school is housed in two wings of the Samuel Ayer Education Center. There are currently eleven teachers, one counselor, two clerical staff members, one teaching assistant, one assistant principal, and one principal serving approximately two hundred students. All teachers meet the District's Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) or its equivalent requirement.
Students attend Cal Hills for a variety of reasons; the primary reason, however, is credit recovery to meet requirements for graduation. With occasional exception for specific reasons, students must be sixteen years old to enroll at Cal Hills. The majority of students are referred from Milpitas High School. Students entering the district may be accepted directly into Cal Hills if they have been attending a continuation school in another district, have not been attending school at all, or are seriously deficient in credits for some other reason. Students may be enrolled throughout the year in accordance with an intake schedule arranged with Milpitas High School.
PROCESS FOR ENTRY
Once a student has been referred to Cal Hills, the student and a parent/guardian participate in an in-take interview with the principal, the vice-principal or the counselor. Students are advised of the school's expectations for attendance, behavior, and productivity, and also of the many support services available to help students be successful. Students and parent/guardians are encouraged to ask questions and to become full participants in the educational opportunities at Cal Hills.
Accredited Model School
WESTERN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS AND COLLEGE (WASC)
Every college and high school in California goes through an accreditation process. The Calaveras Hills High School staff and school community engaged in a year-long Western Association of Schools and Colleges self-study, examining curriculum, student academic performance, leadership, assessment techniques and school culture.
Findings were presented to a four-member visiting committee. The committee reviewed the self-study and spent four days on the Calaveras Hills High School campus, observing classes, meeting students, teachers, administration and parents.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges gave Cal Hills its highest honor, a clear six-year accreditation.
Calaveras Hills High School is a California Model Continuation High School. There are 521 continuation high schools in the state, serving 68,000 students. Only twenty-five were recognized as “Model Continuation High Schools.”
During the three years (2015-2018) Calaveras Hills is designated as a Model Continuation High School, the California Department of Education will share information about the Model School Program to other schools and districts and identify Cal Hills as an exemplary model for others in the state of California.