Jamison High School in Lemoore received special recognition by the state after the school was named one of 37 model continuation high schools for providing excellent education to at-risk students.
The recognition is provided every three years and requires on-site evaluations and accreditation by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges. The school is part of the Lemoore Union High School District.
“We work extremely hard to provide a good education for our students,” said Principal Sandi Lowe.
Each school had to apply to be considered for recognition which includes a plaque.
Lemoore Union High School District Superintendent Debbie Muro believes the school received the recognition based on the staff’s ability to make personal connections with students.
“They are a model continuation program because of the staff there,” she said.
Principal Lowe said one of the benefits of the recognition is that representatives from other continuation schools can come to get ideas on how they can improve their own schools.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a previous statement that establishing resources for other continuation high schools to improve their programs is one of the main goals for the recognition program.
“I commend these schools for their exceptional work in keeping our students on the path to career and college readiness,” Torlakson said. “Thanks to the guidance and support offered, our students leave with a high-quality education and the self-confidence required to build a better future.”
Lowe said part of the application process was to highlight two of the school’s exemplary components — Jamison Enterprises and parent conferences.
Jamison Enterprises is a student operated screen-printing business where the students design T-shirt graphics and learn how to run a business.
Lowe said parent conferences are held each trimester to discuss the student’s academic progress to ensure they are reaching their educational goals. She said at least 94 percent of the parents attend.
“That just shows you that [parents] support our school on a regular basis which is really nice,” she said.
Lowe said students attend Jamison because they are behind in credits needed for high school graduation.
“Their attendance was bad or something happened in the family so they quit for a while,” she said. “Our goal is to bring those kids to our school and help them get caught up.”
“I think the staff there is really good about making connections with students,” said the district superintendent Muro. “Sometimes you can get lost with big comprehensive high schools with so many students.”
After their junior year, Jamison students have the opportunity if they have made up their credits to return to Lemoore High School for their senior year. Most of the students decide to stay at Jamison, the principal said.
“I honestly feel that they are thankful of the opportunities that we can give them,” she said. “Our students are students who need a second or third chance in school.”
Lowe will attend the California Continuation Education Association State Conference Friday in Riverside where the school will be honored. Jamison will continue to be recognized as a model continuation high school for three years.
“We are so excited,” she said. “We worked so hard all year long. We do so many amazing things.”