Redondo Beach Learning Academy: The School of New Beginnings
By Alexandra Arellano, Teacher
Located at the South Bay Adult School you will find one of the smallest academic programs in the district- The Redondo Beach Learning Academy. The program is small but something amazing is going on there-change. As the new teacher, my first thought was to gather as much information as possible on each of my students. That all changed the first day of school when the students walked into my classroom, sat down and looked at me. These weren't the faces that reflected their files. These were the eyes of teenagers who were hopeful and full of life. I knew then that this class was not a place of punishment, but a place of new beginnings, growth, self-discovery, and success. I let go of all my preconceived notions and decided that I would let the students tell their story and demonstrate their character through experiences with a new program, a new beginning.
In the first few weeks, it became clear these students wanted something better for themselves and we began goal setting. I worked with each student and together we wrote academic and behavior plans to help achieve their short and long-term goals. We mapped out calendars with weekly assignments, monthly credits, transfer timelines, and graduation dates. The students’ goals have become the driving force behind RBLA and its curriculum.
Next week we start conflict resolution sessions to teach students problem solving skills and prosocial behaviors. The students will also begin individual and small group counseling sessions. It has, and will continue to be a bumpy road for the students as they head toward their goals. I just remind them that the most powerful learning experiences in life come from mistakes, mistakes that don’t define us but help us grow. Let the past be the past because every day at RBLA is the beginning of a new day.
The Tidal Wave recipient is a student that has earned the most credits in a given quarter. Credits can be earned from a variety of programs such as SoCal ROC, Work Experience, and Community Colleges. In addition to earning the most credits, the Tidal Waver must also demonstrate excellent academic, leadership ability, and citizenship.
TIDAL WAVE AWARD- 3RD QUARTER
TIDAL WAVE AWARD- 4TH QUARTER
Welcome to Redondo Shores High School (RSHS). We are a continuation high school located in the Redondo Beach Unified School District. Redondo Shores is WASC accredited and offers UC approved courses enabling graduates to be eligible for the CSU/UC system. Redondo Shores High School has been awarded the prestigious Model Continuation High School and Exemplary Program Recognition Awards from the California Continuation Education Association and the California Department of Education. Recently, RSHS received the 2013 Alliance For Healthier Generation Bronze National Recognition Certification; the first California continuation high school to receive this award.
We offer a personalized high school diploma program for students who desire an alternative to the comprehensive high school. RSHS is a credit recovery program whereby students can catch up on their credits and graduate early or on time by focusing on four classes at a time. Students enrolled at RSHS can complete 20-30 credits every four to nine weeks. Students taking concurrent classes through a local community college and So Cal Roc are eligible to earn more credits.
RSHS offers a blended educational model. Our students have the option of taking textbook based courses, on-line courses, or a combination of both textbook and online courses. Redondo Shores provides opportunities for ALL students to achieve their academic and career aspirations, and become successful and productive citizens. Our students are encouraged to tackle current and future challenges and to develop social and global awareness, civic responsibility, and personal growth so they will be active and informed members in the 21st century and beyond. Student programs are personalized and designed to meet the goals, interests and learning style of each individual student.
Redondo Shores High School received a six-year term of accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the highest term of accreditation that the organization grants. This year we are completing our three year review.