Valley Oak High School Offers Students A Second Chance

August 14, 2018
When she first got here, she was, like a lot of our students… guarded and sheltered and a little lost and confused. And then… she just found herself. And she just kinda flipped the switch and ‘oh, I trust my teachers.’ She’s been an A student ever since.” - John Mautner, Valley Oak High Teacher, ACSA Region 4 Valley Oak High School, a continuation school in Napa Valley where 72% of students are low-income, takes in new students every six weeks. Students who fall behind at comprehensive high schools get an opportunity to graduate from Valley Oak High. When senior Raevan first arrived at Valley Oak High two years ago, she was dealing with a past of living in foster care, and she was getting F’s in class. Tiffany Kuban, Valley Oak High Counselor, said, “I always appreciate watching kids and students who have struggled but are so resilient. They don’t give up.” As she slowly but surely got her grades up, Raevan embodied this resilient spirit.
Previous Video
Chinese immigrant embraces change with new life in California
Chinese immigrant embraces change with new life in California

Emily Tang liked her old life in China. Her parents described her as one of the top students in her class a...

Next Video
Overcoming addiction to find purpose
Overcoming addiction to find purpose

“In my 37 years, I haven’t had a student that has overcome the difficulties that Nick has, and gotten to th...