Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS) in Concord has been recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as a 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award recipient.
The Gold Ribbon Awards acknowledges California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. These schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.
“CVCHS is proud to be recognized statewide for our model programs which have excelled in student-based activities and best practice strategies that can be replicated by other local educational agencies,” said David Linzey, CVCHS Executive Director. “It’s a testament to the hard work, commitment and shared focused vision of our administration and staff to offer a world class education preparing our students for 21st century careers.”
Specifically, CVCHS was acknowledged for its exceptional Targeted Case Management (TCM) program which officially launched in Fall 2015 to help augment our existing intervention programs: Saturday Bridge, Saturday Credit Recovery, Advanced Academics Online, Peer Tutoring afterschool, Failure Free Policy.
TCM targets those students who have 2 Ds or Fs (or in combination) after the 5-week progress report in each quarter. TCM students are called in and counseled by an adult (counselor, administrator, or teacher). Parents are notified that student is in the TCM program and grades are automatically emailed weekly.
As a result of TCM, CVCHS has been able to demonstrate increased academic success for students, improved attendance rates, positive relationships between caring educators and students, increased graduation (from 95% to 96%) and college rates (from 97% to 99%), and increased parent participation.
“These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” Superintendent Torlakson said. “I look forward to travelling the state to honor these schools and to help share the programs, methods, and techniques that are working.”