SACRAMENTO -- Two dozen campuses throughout California have been designated "Model Continuation High Schools" and recognized for their exemplary programs that help at-risk students flourish.

Six of the schools are located in the Bay Area, including three in the East Bay and three in the South Bay, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday.

The schools offer students ages 16 and older alternative high school diploma programs that help them make up credits and focuses on preparing them for careers, according to a news release. The programs also provide students with individualized instruction, guidance and counseling.

Bay Area schools recognized were: Apollo High, Boynton High and Broadway High in San Jose; Del Valle High in Livermore; Valley Continuation High in Dublin; and Vicente Martinez High in Martinez.