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What is the difference between a continuation school and a public high school?

My friend got expelled from our public high school for fighting sometime back. His mum and I have been trying to get him into other public high schools with no success. The principal from the last high school he checked out suggested that he goes to continuation school.

He and I have decided to gather information on this type of school since his mum is busy applying for grants for continuing education to go back to school. She would like to join Western continuing education.

Curtis Rhodes

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Kaitlin Dean on June 15, 2018

Firstly, I would like to applaud your kindness towards your friend. You are a true friend indeed. Hope he knows this by now. By the way, are you referring to Western continuing ed, Canada? I haven’t come across an institution going by this name in the US.

Back to the matter, continuation schools are an alternative to the regular public high schools. These institutions are for students who are likely to miss out on secondary school graduation under the usual circumstances. The requirements for graduating from this school are the same as that of a regular high school. However, the lessons here are more flexible therefore students can get credits much quicker than their counterparts in public high schools.

On the other hand, a high school is an organization offering secondary level education to ‘traditional high school students’- those students who meet the age and behavioral requirements of typical high schoolers. A high school can also refer to the building where high school education takes place. High schools can offer both upper (level 3 of the ISCED scale) and lower (level 2 of the ISCED scale) high school education. In the USA, these are provided separately via the middle school- high school system.

High schools are the next level of education after primary school. After high school, a student proceeds to tertiary and vocational institutions for post-high school education. In many countries, attending high school is a must for students of age11 to 16.

To provide, a better distinction between the two, I will discuss them by the following factors:

  • Students

Students in continuation institutions are those who are unable to finish up on their high school education due to some reasons. These include issues such as truancy, pregnancy, violence, age, drug abuse, and other vices.

On the other hand, high schools have regular students- meaning those of the appropriate high school age (11years- 16 years), well-behaved, no children, and so forth.

  • Credits

At continuation education, you can earn credits for the high school lessons you did not attend. You can transfer your high school credits here.

On the other side, it is not possible to join a regular high school from a continuation institution. Therefore, you can’t transfer credits to this school.

  • Flexibility

Continuation establishments have more flexible lessons than high school classes allowing for quick completion.

I hope his mum gets the grant for continuing education. 

Roger Moore2 years ago

Despite all the badmouthing continuation schools get, one could come out with something from them. My sister had to quit high school because fo some circumstances and she felt miserable for some time before she discovered that she was the only one capable of making or breaking her life. She joined one of the many continuation establishments to earn her high school credits. People said that only drug dealers and violent people were at her school and that no real learning took place at that institution. Never have people been wrong on such a massive scale.

My sister finished her studies and earned high school credits. She was able to join a community college for post-high school education. 


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