American Legion High School (ALHS) is the only continuation high school in Sacramento City Unified School District. American Legion provides small class sizes that enable students to receive one-to-one assistance both academically and socially from counselors and teachers. We have a diverse community, 16 teachers and two counselors.
Proudly, our math teacher, Carl Johnson was awarded “Teacher of the Year.”
Students at ALHS have the opportunity to earn five credits in 60 days, as compared to the traditional 90 days.
We operate on a three-week instructional block format which allows students to earn 90 credits in a school year. Students are required to meet the same district graduation requirements as the traditional high school students. Our students are required to complete a rigorous and relevant curriculum that prepares every student to be successful in post-secondary academic and career settings.
The Academy is an alternative educational program housed at American Legion High School. The program is offered to 9-10 grade students who are having behavior issues and/or are credit deficient at a comprehensive high school site. Students will be offered smaller classroom sizes and a variety of instructional programs. Students will be able to accelerate credit recovery and have the option of returning to a comprehensive high school on track to graduate or stay at American Legion High School.
Twelve student “green teams” showcased projects to make their campuses greener and more sustainable at SCUSD’s second annual Project Green Showcase last Thursday (May 23) at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School.
Viable projects are in line for $1 million in Measure Q bond money set aside for green school initiatives. Measure Q was approved by Sacramento voters in November.
American Legion High School students enjoyed the school’s first ever on-campus health fair on Wednesday, March 13.
Students from Legion’s men’s and women’s Leadership classes and from student government helped create the exciting and interactive event.
HealthCorps Coordinator Tyler Mar brought together active students as well as outside organizations including Planned Parenthood, the Health Education Council, Kings Breakers and SCUSD Nursing to make healthy living a reality for young adults.
American Legion High School’s Men’s Leadership Academy hosted a VIP guest recently — U.S. Army Major General Peter Gravett, who serves in Gov. Jerry Brown’s Cabinet as Secretary of the California Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Gravett is a retired major general with more than 40 years of military service in the U.S. Army and the California Army National Guard, serving initially as an enlisted soldier prior to being commissioned in 1968.
Students from American Legion High School visited the Learning Center at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op recently to gain valuable experience in working in the kitchen and cooking healthy, affordable snacks.
Students worked together in four teams preparing Crunchy Kale Chips, Hummus and Baked Pita Chips, No Bake Cookies and High Energy Bars from scratch.
The recipes were demonstrated by the students and presented with the help of the Co-op’s beautiful presentation kitchen.
American Legion High School students completed two community service projects before winter break, giving back to those in need in their community.
The school’s Men’s Leadership Academy and Student Government classes led a Holiday Food Drive, encouraging their peers to bring non-perishable food to school for distribution to the Sacramento Food Bank.
Several hundred pounds of food were donated, and five American Legion families were among the recipients.
SCUSD’s Child Development Department offers quality support services for expectant teens and their soon to be babies. Early Head Start, a federally funded program, provides both expectant and new parents weekly 90-minute home visits and twice monthly socialization experiences with a highly trained home visitor. Services provided include pre- and post-natal health screenings and follow-up, parenting education, social services referrals and expert support staff.
American Legion High School students and staff have embraced the holiday spirit of giving. This month, American Legion students worked together to prepare food boxes for needy families for the holidays. Students were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items such as cereal, rice and. As a result, several families will have happier holidays because of the generosity of the American Legion family.
American Legion students presented the results of a bus and light rail service survey conducted by the Associated Student Body (ASB) to Regional Transit representatives at a forum on October 27. The survey was aimed at discovering student issues and opinions about Regional Transit service. It found that 28 percent of the students are late to school because of bus delays and overcrowding. Students raised these issues with RT’s Tom Quigley who took notes. Students discussed the desire for cheaper fares and bus stops with more shade and benches.
Don Jesus Clemmons is a fifth year senior at American Legion High School who started the campus’ garden from scratch. He is an advocate in the community for both healthy food and healthy living. He has worked with City Council Member Jay Schenirer and the California Freshworks Fund and is a member of the Youth Council for Sustainable Communities.
To empower young men to become lifelong learners and globally competitive leaders – to be resilient, responsible and respectful men – SCUSD is piloting a Men’s Leadership Academy.
The Academy is modeled after a successful program in Long Beach that emerged out of the “Long Beach Promise.” The work is supported by a $40,000 grant from The California Endowment.
The Academy is a class offered during the school day (and for elective credit) to teens at risk of dropping out. Through service learning and a multi-cultural curriculum, the class aims to provide students with the tools to succeed, including teamwork, leadership, life skills, problem-solving and resiliency skills.
The Academy focuses on bringing together teachers, students, parents and community businesses and partners to provide the encouragement needed for these teens to complete high school and enroll in college.
This work is critically important: The drop-out rate in Sacramento City Unified for the Class of 2012 (the last year for which there is data) is 11.5 percent, but the rate for African American students in 15.5 percent.
The targeted audience for the Men’s Leadership Academy is boys in grades 9 – 12 who have multiple risk factors, including low attendance, low academic performance and high suspension rates. Schools that have academies include: C.K. McClatchy, John F. Kennedy, Rosemont, Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions, American Legion, and Sutter and California middle schools.
During the course of any given year, the Child Development program provides early care and education to approximately 3,000 children ages 0-12. Children served include typically developing infants, toddlers and preschoolers and those with disabilities.
Parents are afforded a variety of program options and approaches, including center-based and home-based services, full-day/part-day preschool, infant/toddler playgroups and before/after school-age care.