FALLBROOK, Calif. -- Ivy High School in Fallbrook was named a "Model Continuation High School'' for 2012 Monday by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The campus at 1056 Winterhaven Road was one of 25 around the state to be honored, and the only one in San Diego County. Such schools are designed to prevent struggling students from dropping out.

"Every student comes to school with a different set of needs, and our job is to provide them with the best chance to succeed,'' Torlakson said. "That's why it's so important to provide students who are having trouble staying in school with great continuation high schools.''

He said the named schools have gone the extra mile to help students complete their education so they can be successful in life and their careers. The students often enter the schools lacking sufficient credits to graduate and hold down jobs because of family problems.

More than 69,000 students attended the state's 504 continuation high schools in the 2010-11 school year, according to the state Department of Education. The schools offer an alternative high school diploma program that offers career education, individualized instructional strategies, intensive guidance and counseling, and flexible school schedules.