Desert Valley High School receives award

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Tony Munguia
DVHS Principal Tony Munguia. Photo by Mayor Don Campbell

BRAWLEY – The Desert Valley High School (DVHS) has received an award for being a 2014 Model Continuation High School.

At their student recognition assembly on Wednesday, DVHS Principal Antony Munguia delivered the news to the students, faculty, parents, and guests of the special award. Many of the students honored at the assembly were on the honor roll, got 3.0 or higher GPA, or perfect attendance.

DVHS is one of 24 Model Continuation High Schools that received the award in California. These schools are being recognized for their exemplary programs that provide at-risk students the environment they need to flourish.

Continuation high schools offer students aged 16 years or older an alternative high school diploma program. More than 67,000 students attend California’s 479 continuation high schools in the 2012-2013 school year. These alternative programs focus on school to career education, individualized instructional strategies, and intensive guidance and counseling.

“It is a school for academic intervention,” said DVHS Principal Antonio Munguia. “It’s for students that may have fallen a bit behind in their studies do to many different circumstances. We help them get back on track and this allows them to go back to high school and graduate. They can then go on to college, a trade school, or the military.”

Among the guests at the assembly were 35 students that had completed work at DVHS and are now back at Brawley Union High School. They will all be graduating in June of this year.

“It’s nice to get this award,” said Munguia. “It validates what we’ve been doing here for years. We try to build success in our students in order to for them to graduate. We will be a Model Continuation High School for 3 years. We have to be accessible to any school in California who wants to come and we what we do. We will be recognized at the state conference in May.”

“It’s such an honor and privilege for me to be Superintendent for such a wonderful district,” said BUHS District Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian. “I want to congratulate our students, parents, the dedicated teaching staff, and their Principal.

DVHS will fly a Model Continuation High School flag for the 3 year term of the award.