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Redondo Shores High School (Shores) is a WASC accredited, free public continuation high school available to 16-18 year old high school student residents within the Redondo Beach Unified School District. The school provides a structured, yet flexible, individualized alternative setting designed to meet each student's academic needs and the opportunity to earn a high school diploma. The noncompetitive, no-fail atmosphere promotes individual achievement and self-responsibility, and develops self-esteem.
Q. What is a Continuation School?

Redondo Shores High School is the continuation school for the Redondo Beach Unified School District. Continuation education is a high school diploma program for students, 16-18 years of age, whose needs are not met in the comprehensive high school setting. In an alternative setting that offers more flexibility, students benefit from smaller classes, shorter schedules, student-centered curriculum, increased counseling services, and individualized options for earning credits. Young people who have not functioned well in a large traditional setting often find themselves succeeding, earning credits, and developing feelings of self-worth, personal responsibility, and community identity. These students can choose to graduate from Shores, return to their residence school, transition to an adult education diploma program, or to study and pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) or the General Education Development Test (GED).

Please feel free to contact the Princiapl of Alternative Education, Dr. Erin Simon, if you are considering Shores as a placement option.

Q. What are indicators that a student may be in danger of not earning a high school diploma?
How would someone know if a student should be referred to Shores?
A. The student fits one or more of the following indicators:
1. Sophomores
a) At the end of the first semester (January) the student has less than 90 credits.
b) At the end of the sophomore year (June) the student has less than 115 credits and will not be attending summer school.
2. Juniors
a) At the beginning of the junior year (September) the student has less than 115 credits.
b) At the end of the first semester (January) the student has less than 140 credits.
c) At the end of the junior year (June) the student has less than 165 credits and will not be attending summer school.
3. Seniors
a) At the beginning of the senior year (September) the student has 1ess than 165 credits.
b) At the end of the first semester (January) the student has less than 190 credits.
4. Chronic truancy
5. Excessive absences
6. Cuts class regularly
7. Doesn't feel as though she/he fits in or can work well on a traditional campus
8. Needs an individualized program in a smaller setting due to medical, emotional or other problem
9. At risk of becoming a drop-out or not graduating for any reason
Q. Does a student have to be credit deficient or in crisis to attend Shores?
A. No, some of our students have already met credit requirements. They just need a smaller setting and an individualized program due to medical or family problems. Students may also be placed at Shores as a result of an IEP team decision.
Q. What courses does Redondo Shores offer?
A. Redondo Shores High School offers all courses required for graduation in the RBUSD. The courses are approved by the Board of Education and textbooks are District adopted. Teachers have developed an Academic Course Syllabus, aligned with the ESLRs and California Content Standards, for each course. Each Academic Course Syllabus outlines course requirements, assignment, and deadlines. Just as at a traditional high school, students are enrolled in multiple courses taught in multiple periods. Courses are taught by highly qualified, credentialed, high school teachers.
Q. How is a student able to make up failed or missing courses?
A. Shores offers all courses required for graduation throughout the year. Unlike the comprehensive high school where classes are often taught only during the fall semester or spring semester due to master scheduling constraints, those specific constraints are not present at Shores.
Q. How can a student earn credits faster at Redondo Shores than at a traditional high school?
A. Credits are earned through academic contract completion and demonstrated mastery of the state content standards, not traditional semester calendar deadlines. Like a college class with a course syllabus, the students are provided the entire classes requirements up front and are able to work at their own pace through the work with teacher support as needed.
Q. May a student take courses in addition to those offered at Redondo Shores?
A. Many students take courses at SoCalROC or a community college. Students may also take a course not offered at Shores (i.e. lab science) at RUHS, subject to authorization, outside of the Redondo Shores school day.
Q. Is Redondo Shores High School accredited?
A. Redondo Shores High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), just like Redondo Union High School. The diploma looks just like their diploma, only the school name, logo and principal’s signature are different.
Q. What is the teacher-student ratio?  
A. Redondo Shores maintains a teacher-student ratio of approximately 1-20 or less. This number is intentionally low because of the intense needs of many of our students. Enrollment fluctuates during-the year as students enter and leave. Some students graduate early; some catch up and return to the traditional high school. The counselors and administration at the traditional high school continually review student records, actions and needs to identify potential transfers. Redondo Shores serves some students temporarily until a final appropriate placement is identified (for example a new student arriving mid semester who did not receive credit from prior high school for the first quarter of the school year.) 
Q. What are the graduation requirements? Is there a graduation ceremony?
A. The graduation requirements at Redondo Shores are 230 credits, identical to those at Redondo Union High School. Just like RUHS, Redondo Shores has a cap gown graduation ceremony. The Redondo Shores graduation ceremony is a Thursday morning in the RUHS auditorium. Seniors may attend the joint RSHS-RUHS prom and senior excursion if all requirements for have been met.
Q. Is a student able to continue his/her education after graduating from Redondo Shores?
A. Most of our students continue their education by attending community college and then transferring to a four-year institution. Some directly enter a four-year college. Others enter the military or the job market.
Q. At what time of the year may a student enroll at Redondo Shores?
A. Redondo Shores accepts students at any time throughout the school year. Close to the end of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters the intake period may be modified. Once the 4th quarter is underway, students are not accepted, except in extenuating circumstances.
Q. What is the procedure for referral?
A. The Redondo Shores’ staff works in close cooperation with the RUHS staff.
The following is the usual procedure, although parents may call directly.
1. The traditional high school counselor, administrator or teacher notifies the Shores principal of a potential student.
2. The Redondo Shores principal reviews the following: Student Referral Request; Transcript; Grades; Graduation Progress Report; Attendance Record; Discipline Record (if one); SARB or Court Obligations (if any)
3. The RUHS staff sets up a pre-admission conference with the Shores Principal, student, RUHS counselor and at least one parent. (See below for conference details.) If the student has an active IEP, a transition IEP meeting will also be scheduled. If the timing works, the two meetings may be combined.
4. After the conference, the Redondo Shores principal requests formal transfer of the student and cum/IEP records from the sending school.
Note: When appropriate, the Redondo Shores principal or counselor may attend Student Study Team, IEP or disciplinary meetings at RUHS to assist with program development, placement and student options.
Q. What happens during the pre-admission conference?
A. The Redondo Shores principal personally spends about a half hour with each student and parent in a pre-admission conference to discuss Shores' educational strategies, program, rules and policies, as well as student goals. The student and parent receive a copy of the Redondo Shores Handbook. The student's records (transcript, grades, graduation progress, attendance, discipline, etc.) are reviewed. Upon enrollment, the student meets with the counselor and a course of study, which will lead to a high school diploma, is planned. The counselor will discuss courses requirements, post secondary plans and take a tour of the campus.
Q. Is a student permitted to return to a traditional high school?
A. Students who have completed required courses and received credits, have good attendance and no disciplinary problems may request a return to RUHS, subject to positive recommendation from the Redondo Shores principal and acceptance by the high school. Once students return to RUHS, they can not return to Redondo Shores and if they experience difficulty, they will need to finish their high school graduation requirements through the Redondo Independent Study Program. Credit deficient RUHS seniors are not permitted to attend RUHS summer school following their classes graduation.
Q. What about extra-curricular activities?
A. The students at Redondo Shores participate in the Prom and Senior Excursion if they have met all the requirements. Shores is a separate school from RUHS and are students are not considered RUHS students. We have a separate campus and activities. Activities are planned by our Leadership Class, which serves many of the functions of the traditional ASB but at a smaller, more “local” level. Shores students participate in a wide variety of activities on campus from intra mural sports (basketball, ping pong, dodge-ball, foosball), themed Movie Days, community service activities such as blood drives, Toys-For Tots and service learning internships throughout the community.