Publication Date

Summer 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Noni Mendoza-Reis

Subject Areas

Educational leadership


Continuation high schools and the students they serve are often invisible and ignored to most Californians. However, state school authorities estimate that over 115,000 California high school students will pass through one of the state's 519 continuation high schools each year, to either graduate with a diploma, or to drop out of school altogether (Austin & Dixon, 2008). Principals in these schools must be exceptional and well prepared. However, principals have been trained to implement culturally responsive school leadership at their sites. Eight continuation high school principals described their experiences regarding their preparation, supports, challenges and successes in implementing culturally responsive school leadership at their sites. The findings in this study showed that while principals have a high degree of understanding of Khalifa et al. (2016) culturally responsive school leadership framework, they still lack the support to implement the leadership style at their site. Recommendations included leadership preparation programs emphasizing CRSL, professional development opportunities and mentorship opportunities.