IS COAST HIGH SCHOOL A CONTINUATION SCHOOL?
No. Coast High School is a college prep alternative school of choice that offers a UC/CSU A-G and NCAA approved curriculum. Students voluntarily enroll for many different reasons, primarily for the freedom of flexible scheduling and the benefit of focusing on 1-2 courses at a time instead of 6 courses at a time. Coast High School courses are comparable in length, content, and rigor to traditional schools.
IS COAST HIGH SCHOOL A CHARTER SCHOOL?
No. Coast High School is a tuition-free public school and belongs to the Huntington Beach Union High School District.
DOES COAST HIGH SCHOOL COST TUITION MONEY?
No. Coast High School is a tuition-free public school provided by the Huntington Beach Union High School District.
HOW WILL MY TRANSCRIPT READ IF I ATTEND COAST HIGH SCHOOL?
Your transcript will list “Coast High School” as your school for the time you attend Coast, as it would for any other school you attend. Coast High School courses are comparable in length, content, and rigor to traditional schools.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES COAST HIGH SCHOOL FROM A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL?
IS COAST HIGH SCHOOL FOR CREDIT RECOVERY?
In general, no. Coast High School is not primarily designed for credit recovery. Valley Vista High School, the district’s continuation high school, is designed for credit recovery. There are also credit recovery courses available through the traditional school sites. That being said, if a student fails a small handful of courses, it is possible to make up the courses through Coast, much like if you were to fail a course at a traditional high school and retake the course. However, this is on a limited basis. Coast courses are designed primarily for original credit, not credit recovery.
DO YOU HAVE A GRADUATION CEREMONY?
Yes. We hold a cap and gown graduation ceremony in June of each year.
IS A DIPLOMA FROM COAST HIGH SCHOOL THE SAME AS A DIPLOMA FROM A TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL?
Yes. Coast is WASC accredited. The curriculum is UC/CSU A-G and NCAA approved.
WILL MY STUDENT MISS THE "HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE?"
Coast High School students are still eligible to attend home school dances and performing arts events, as well as spectate at sporting events if they remain in good standing. Also, “the high school experience” is different for each student and is not a “one size fits all.” Many students flourish in and prefer a smaller school with flexible scheduling, and prefer to design their own free time activities and passions outside of school.
CAN MY STUDENT ATTEND COAST HIGH SCHOOL AND STILL PARTICIPATE IN
APA (ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS)?
Yes. APA is a district-wide program and students from Coast are therefore eligible for APA since Coast is a high school in the HBUHSD.
IS MY STUDENT ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE IN CIF SPORTS WHILE ENROLLED AT COAST HIGH SCHOOL?
No; not at this time. However, Coast students can still participate in non-CIF sports such as Surf, Equestrian, Ice Hockey, etc. Students can also participate in recreational and/or community sports. Professional athletes also find the Coast model works well. Many students prefer the flexible scheduling Coast provides, and prefer to design their own free time activities and passions outside of school.
WHAT STUDENTS ATTEND COAST HIGH SCHOOL?
In general, every school has every type of student. Coast students can range from professional models, actresses, actors, and pro athletes to gifted students or students who simply prefer a smaller school, the freedom of flexible scheduling, and/or focusing on 1-2 courses at a time instead of 6.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING COAST HIGH SCHOOL?