Attention high school seniors: Learn how to apply for financial aid at a Free Cash for College Workshop next week (October 11 at Hiram Johnson and October 12 at Luther Burbank). Please see flyer for times, dates and other SCUSD high school locations throughout the fall.
Hiram Johnson High School students Luck Vuong and Elsa Esperanza are featured in a new Sacramento Kings video about the importance of exercise.
The students are shown playfully interacting with Kings mascot Slamson. The video was posted to the team’s Facebook page and shown to fans at a recent game. It was created in partnership with The California Endowment.
If you have trouble viewing YouTube videos while connected to the SCUSD network, login into YouTube with your SCUSD email and password.
The Summer Food Service Program is free to all children 18 years of age or under, and persons over 18 who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program established for the mentally or physically handicapped.
The program runs from June 27th - July 28th.
Please check flyer for specific days and times that breakfast and lunch are served for each site.
Meal times are subject to change. Please call (916) 433-5325 to confirm any of these sites.
Nine cadets from Hiram Johnson High School’s Law Academy competed in the SkillsUSA state championship last weekend in San Diego, and two returned with medals.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. The SkillsUSA state championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in California. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and on to the national levels.
Hiram Johnson students competed in the Criminal Justice and Crime Scene Investigation industry skills sector. All nine cadets performed exceptionally well in the Criminal Justice skills event, in which each cadet was judged on how they handled a felony vehicle stop scenario.
Jose Benities won a bronze medal and Jacob Lee received a gold medal, making him the reigning state champion. Lee now advances to the national competition.
The Sacramento Police Foundation, California Partnership Academies and SCUSD’s Linked Learning Department provided the cadets with the opportunity to participate.
More than 100 juniors and seniors from four high schools attended the first annual Criminal Justice/Public Safety Career Conference held last week at The Met Sacramento High School.
The students, all enrolled in criminal justice academies, learned about careers offered in more than 20 federal, state, city and county agencies.
The academies at C.K. McClatchy, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and Grant High School are strongly supported by the Sacramento City Police Department and participate in both the California Partnership Academy program as well as the Linked Learning Pathway approach.
Students received career and industry information from professionals who volunteered to add a real world connection to their education.
The conference began with a keynote address from Sacramento Police Sgt. Marnie Stigerts, a decorated officer and a graduate of Hiram Johnson. Students then participated in “career speed dating” sessions where they learned about participating agencies.
Later, they attended breakout sessions on resumes, interviews and background checks. Throughout the morning, students interviewed partner attendees to complete an assignment that they will continue to work on during the week. Some of the professionals will be invited to attend the resulting presentations to assist with assessment.
Sgt. Cindy Stinson of the Sacramento Police Department, who provides ongoing support and teachers for the four programs, said: “The inaugural conference was a huge success and we look forward to helping make it even better next year.”
Michael Washington, the academy Lead Teacher at Hiram Johnson who conceived the event, echoed Stinson’s comments and added: “Opportunities like this, provided by our partners, engage students in a way that extends our classrooms to include real-world problems.”
Students participating in Hiram Johnson High School’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program prepared tax returns for 150 families during a “Super Site” event on Saturday.
VITA, established in 1997, is a partnership with Hiram Johnson, the IRS, the California Franchise Tax Board and the United Way that provides tax help to low-income families. Under the guidance of teachers Marcia McAllister and Jason Dauenhauer, approximately 20 current students and additional former students have been assisting tax filers annually.
Last year, VITA students helped local taxpayers file 280 tax returns worth approximately $380,000 in federal funds.
The VITA program is available to the public again this year on the following dates. Please call 211 to schedule an appointment:
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. We kick off this occasional series today with two high school principals — Jim Hays at the School of Engineering and Sciences and Kal Phan at Hiram Johnson.
Jim Hays, Interim Principal, School of Engineering and Sciences
Hometown: Castro Valley
Very first job: “I was a batting cage consultant. Really, I was a clerk. But I thought of myself as a consultant. I got paid $4.25 an hour and I loved it.”
Education: UC Davis, Bachelor’s of Science, Managerial Economics; University of San Francisco, teaching credential and master’s degree
Previously: Hays served as Assistant Principal at C.K. McClatchy High School and Luther Burbank High School and taught math at Burbank for six years.
What I like best about being principal: “Meeting and greeting the kids as they walk in through the door and making those contacts.”
People would be surprised to know that…: ”I’m a closet ‘Star Wars’ fan. The new movie comes out December 18.”
2015-16 area of focus: ”I want to build the culture around social-emotional learning. They’ve done a lot of work here with the curriculum and I want to make sure it’s infused through all the grade levels so SES stays a nice place to learn.”
Of note: Hays’ first “real job” after graduating from UC Davis was as a staff accountant at a rubber stamp manufacturing company. “I hated it. I didn’t feel like I was making a difference in any way. I realized that I like working with kids so I went back to school.”
Kal Phan, Interim Principal, Hiram Johnson High School
Hometown: Phan grew up in Laos and spent four years in a Thailand refugee camp before coming to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1979.
Education: UC Berkeley, Bachelor’s of Art in Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies; CSU East Bay, teaching credential and master’s degree; Mills College, doctorate
Previously: Phan served as Assistant Principal at Johnson and John F. Kennedy High School.
What I like best about being principal: “Seeing our students succeed. You can get no greater satisfaction in life than seeing them achieving their goals. That’s the greatest joy I can get.”
People would be surprised to know…: “I’m a very normal person. I’ve been unassuming at Johnson but now I’m displaying who I am.”
Of note: Phan had very little formal education when he arrived in Alabama at 15. “We lived in the jungle. We didn’t know America existed. You couldn’t dream about being in a city because we never saw a city.” After arriving in the US, school officials placed him in a third grade classroom with students half his age. “It was challenging. Other kids ridiculed me. But it gave me a chance to learn a few basic things in English and math.” His family later moved to Richmond, California, where Phan started high school. Through hard work, he was accepted into UC Berkeley three and a half years later.
“Every step there was somebody who recognized something in me and supported me. Our kids need that kind of support and help. I’m trying to give back what was given to me.”
The California Art Education Association has awarded Hiram Johnson High School junior An Do third place in the state in the two-dimensional category for her oil-and-canvas self-portrait.
The piece will be displayed on the third-floor State Capitol Gallery from May 18 through May 29.
Of her piece, Do wrote:
“This is a self-portrait. Instead of using a photo of myself, I chose to observe my face more in the mirror, and gradually worked my way through sketching and painting my face using memories from my head. It gave me a chance to study characteristics and flaws of my face I never knew I had. I chose oil paint for this piece simply because I always liked how it works – its messiness, the long time it takes to dry, countless ways to play with it, how different it is compared to other types of paint, etc. I never had a chance to seriously work with oil paint until this art assignment, and I’m glad I chose it after continuously changing my mind.”
Join the students, families and staff of Hiram Johnson High School at the campus’ annual Warrior Palooza Open House on May 21.
The showcase event is an opportunity for incoming freshmen and their families to learn what HJHS has to offer. Meet teachers, counselors, athletic coaches and student government representatives. Learn how Johnson puts students on the track to college and careers through its Small Learning Communities, Linked Learning pathways, after-school programs and clubs.
The day will also feature two presentations of “Murder @ The Orient Express” by the Hiram Johnson Drama Club.
Students in Hiram Johnson High School Corporate Business Academy filed 280 tax returns for low-income families, returning approximately $380,000 in federal refunds back into the local economy.
The students are participants in VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a program in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board.
Johnson has participated in the VITA program since 1997. Since then, Hiram Johnson students have filed thousands of tax returns for our community, putting hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the local economy.
Every year, about 20 students are trained to provide this service to the community. Along with current students, alumni of VITA return to the campus to help out.
Hiram Johnson works directly with the Sacramento Coalition for Working Families on this program.
Social sciences teacher Marcia McAllister has been involved with the program since its beginning at Johnson and is credited with its success.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Hiram Johnson High School student Lena Chao cut the ribbon to officially open Johnson’s new WellSpace Health Community Health Center on Thursday, March 12.
The Community Health Center – the first of its kind in the Sacramento City Unified School District – will serve students and the neighborhood. The space includes examination rooms for wellness checkups and dental exams to be provided by WellSpace Health staff.
The Health Center is funded through a $500,000 federal grant secured with the help of Congresswoman Matsui.
Other officials who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony included SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer, County Supervisor Phil Serna, SCUSD Board President Darrel Woo and SCUSD Board of Education Member Ellen Cochrane.
Join the Hiram Johnson High School community on Friday as they celebrate healthy living with the school’s annual Health Fair.
The Disney-themed celebration will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the campus cafeteria and surrounding courtyard Friday. The fair will feature booths staffed by students and community partners with information about nutrition, fitness, health and mental resilience.
Highlights include health screenings provided by the school’s WellSpace Health clinic, therapy dogs, many fun fitness activities and food samples.
Hiram Johnson High School senior Adriana Herrera knew she wanted to work with children and “teach them something,” for her Senior Project, a graduation requirement.
After meeting with staff from the Student Support Center at Bret Harte Elementary School, Herrera realized that she wanted to use her senior project as a way to spark the next generation of helpers, all while learning new skills such as group planning and facilitation, and public speaking.
Herrera worked with staff to pilot a brand new after-school club, the Kindness Action Team (KAT). Herrera and her project mentor, Bret Harte’s Student Support Center (SSC) coordinator, spent their weekends in November researching curriculum, designing group agendas and shopping for supplies. The SSC coordinator recruited a mix of fourth through sixth grade student representatives of the school’s diverse background and its social groups.
The KAT group met each Monday in December, during which Herrera taught lessons and led discussions on empathy. Students kept “empathy journals” and shared out the instances of kindness they witnessed on a daily basis.
The students and Herrera also planned a service project to practice empathy in action.
The project focused on collecting gifts and creating handmade greeting cards that were delivered to patients at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. On December 22, Herrera, her mentor and their Kindness Action Team students met with child life specialists at UC Davis to deliver the gifts and hear about how they will be used to benefit many children.
Although Herrera has fulfilled the requirements of her senior project, Bret Harte students have requested that the KAT group continue so they can plan additional “empathy projects.”
Cadets from Hiram Johnson High School’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) served color guard duty before thousands of football fans at the December 7 “Battle of the Bay” between the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.
December 7 was also on the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which brought America into World War II. Pearl Harbor survivors participated with JROTC cadets in a commemorative ceremony before the playing of the National Anthem.
None of the four cadets chosen for color guard duty had ever attended a professional football game before the “Battle of the Bay,” said Hiram Johnson JROTC teacher Sgt. Jim Rost. “This is a really positive event for us — a win-win,” he said. “The cadets are standing a little taller and prouder.”
The cadets also received seventh-row game tickets behind the Raiders’ bench courtesy the Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command. In addition, they were interviewed for a story by KCRA.
The teens selected to carry the flags were chosen because they maintain 3.0-plus grade point averages and work hard in the program, Rost said. “They’re at school at 6:30 a.m. when I show up. These are legit students that deserve to go.”
Hiram Johnson maintains an award-winning JROTC program focused on citizenship and six core values: Tenacity, integrity, courage, patriotism, confidence and service. Young adults in the program come from low-income communities and many have challenging backgrounds, Rost said. “But if teens can believe in themselves, they can get out of their situation.”
Five student journalists from C.K. McClatchy High School and a photographer from Hiram Johnson High School won awards at the Sacramento High School Journalism Network’s second annual awards dinner on May 30.
Monica Chan, Editor-in-Chief of CKM’s The Prospector, won first place in the Best Editorial Writing category for her editorial on college.Reporter Lizzie Robinson won first place in Best Column for her opinion piece on faux Christmas Trees.
Hiram Johnson’s Eliyas Vang won first place in Best Photography for three photos on a vigil held to honor victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
CKM’s Ben Wong won second place in Best Sports Writing for his story on the Sacramento Kings. And McClatchy’s Nia Browne and Sierra Brown won third place in Best News Writing for a story on district and school safety.
Twenty-four SCUSD students from Luther Burbank, Hiram Johnson, John F. Kennedy and C.K. McClatchy high schools participated in the 16th annual Hmong National Development Conference in Fresno earlier this month.
Thousands of community leaders, business professionals, advocates and young people from across the country attended the three-day conference, themed “Journey Forward, The Next Chapter of the Hmong Americans.”
The students participated in eight youth development workshops focusing on art, civic participation, business, college preparation and technology development.
“I met new people and I learned a lot about my own culture,” said Jaimandy Vang, a CKM student. “I learned how to help the Hmong people in our community.”
Funding for student participation was provided by the Health and Life Organization (HALO) in conjunction with the ASSETs Access Grant.
Choua Yang, program manager at the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, which partners with Burbank and Kennedy high schools, chaperoned students to the conference.
The Black Student Union (BSU) returned to Hiram Johnson this year with the goal of exposing African-American students and their families to more resources, supports and opportunities available to them in the community. In accordance with this goal, the BSU held its first annual Black Family Night at the school on February 27.
More than 200 students, parents and community members came out for the two-part event (a resource fair and an awards night).Twenty-three community based organizations and small black businesses met them with resources and services including free family and career counseling, healthy soulful cookbooks, tips on saving money on energy and cable bills, connections to black clubs at Sacramento State and free summer recreational camps.
Students also learned about internships and scholarships in a one-on-one setting with donors. Organizations in attendance included the National Society of Black Engineers, Sacramento City College, the National Coalition for 100 Black Women, the Oak Park Community Center and the Health Education Council Network for a Healthy California.
The second segment of Black Family Night was held in the cafeteria after the resource fair. Twenty-seven students who had been nominated by teachers received awards based on academic, athletic and behavioral achievements and improvements. In recognition of Black History Month, the awards were named in honor of historical figures, including Josephine Baker, Medgar Evers, Granville T. Woods, Cornel West, Dr. Ian Smith, Angela Davis, Raphael Warnock and Ida B. Wells. Awards were presented by Assistant Principal Al Rogers and Principal Felisberto Cedros.
The event was well-received by both parents and students, who celebrated with each other’s achievements.
Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, one of the most popular MMA fighters in the world and current star of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), visited Hiram Johnson High School last Wednesday to encourage students to eat healthy foods and study hard.
Faber, who said he once lived near Johnson on 73rd Street, was invited to visit the campus by 106 students in teacher Peter Vidovich’s English classes. The students wrote Faber letters as part of a persuasive writing assignment.
Four students delivered the letters in person to Faber’s downtown gym. Senior Delilah Soto, one of the four, said the students focused on Faber because he is a positive role model for many teens.
“We’re trying to bring light to our school in a positive manner so kids in our neighborhood will benefit,” she said.
During his visit, Faber told a crowd of seniors and sophomores that the letters were “really cool.”
“I was touched by your letters and I like that you’re working toward eating healthier and working hard to be positive people.” He said he wrote a letter to a wrestling camp when he was in eighth grade asking if he could wash dishes in lieu of paying tuition, which his family couldn’t afford. The camp agreed.
“It’s awesome to be able to give that back.”
A graduate of UC Davis, Faber also encouraged Johnson students to concentrate on getting into college despite fears about tuition costs. “There is a way that everyone here can go to college,” he said. “You’ve got to believe that.”
The face of Pepsi’s AMP energy drink and part owner of a clothing company called Torque (www.torque1.net), Faber also advised students to pursue their dreams no matter how difficult that may be. As a young man, he worked long hours at part-time jobs as he followed his ambition to be an MMA star.
“It wasn’t about being a tough guy,” he said. “It was about being a persistent guy.”
After his comments, Faber helped serve lunch to Johnson students and posed for photographs.
Hiram Johnson High School English teacher Peter Vidovich wanted his students to see tangible results from a persuasive writing assignment.
So, Vidovich tasked his students with persuading the popular mixed martial arts fighter Urijah Faber to visit the campus.
“It worked,” Faber said Wednesday, moments after signing autographs and posing for dozens of pictures with Hiram Johnson students.
Vidovich said he thought Faber would be a great target for his persuasive writing assignment because he has local roots, graduated from the University of California, Davis, and now has a successful fighting career and several business ventures.
Faber, a former standout wrestler, attended high school in Lincoln and now owns the popular gym Ultimate Fitness in midtown Sacramento.
What many of the students didn’t know was that Faber lived near Hiram Johnson when he was in elementary school.
“I was really touched by the letters you sent,” Faber told the students. “I started out as a guy chasing a dream.”
Addressing a cafeteria filled with students, Faber detailed the lengths he went to to chase that dream, working 16-hour days busing tables and coaching while training for a sport that, at the time he began, was illegal in California. Mixed Martial Arts wasn’t sanctioned by the state until 2005, although fights were able to be held at Indian casinos.
Faber told the students that life is not about where you came from, but how hard you are willing to fight for your future. A proponent of healthy eating, Faber used his visit to encourage the teens to make the right choices, whether it’s about nutrition or their friends.
Faber said the letters students wrote to him reminded him of a letter he once wrote in eighth grade asking that a wrestling camp allow him to wash dishes in exchange for tuition he couldn’t afford.
Faber said he was particularly touched by the letters from students that referenced their desire to turn around the poor reputation of their school.
“People talk about the reputation of this school, that’s it’s ‘ghetto,’ ” Faber told students. “Who cares what they think? … If you are bothered by what people say, let that motivate you.”
Many students said they took Faber’s words to heart.
“It was really motivating for students,” said student Rainee Strebel, 18, who is on the school’s wrestling team. “This was a really good experience.”
Senior Delilah Soto coordinated the efforts to bring Faber to campus as part of her senior project. Soto and Strebel hand-delivered the student letters to Faber’s midtown gym.
“This school has a bad reputation and things like this help,” said student Patrick Xiong
Local professionals representing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields joined Congresswoman Doris Matsui and teacher Vlastimil Krbecek at Hiram Johnson High School on November 5 for a discussion with students on the importance of continuing their education and the wide variety of careers available in STEM fields.
Congresswoman Matsui, co-chair of the Congressional High-Tech Caucus and a member of the Congressional STEM Education caucus, shared with the students the importance of the STEM fields to our nation’s future.
Pictured above are: Krbecek, Elise Brown, Mark Otero, Nancy Moricz, Congresswoman Matsui, Dr. Joseph Anderson and Stefanos Kalomoiris,
Three Hiram Johnson High School students were recognized with awards at the Crocker Art Museum High School Self Portrait Show. The exhibition includes self-portraits from more than 70 young artists working in diverse media. Deep study, self-expression and technical skill align to present images of self-discovery. Johnson’s winners are Alberto Villapudua (second place); Khang Xiong (Award of Excellence in Media) and Cha Thao (Honorable Mention). Kudos to art teacher Robert Diaz!
Emmy Award-winning talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and Anthem Blue Cross President Pam Kehaly visited Hiram Johnson High School on April 30 to judge a HealthCorps Healthy Breakfast Challenge. Others at the event included Oz’s wife, Lisa Oz; Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach Bobby Jackson; talk show host Montel Williams; Hiram Johnson Principal Felisberto Cedros; former New York State First Lady Michelle Paige Patterson; and HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard.The Healthy Breakfast Challenge involved four teams of students competing to create a quick and healthy breakfast in less than 10 minutes. Competing students were chosen from the HealthCorps after school program at Johnson and from the 9th and 10th grade English classes that wrote Dr. Oz and invited him to visit their school.
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.Research based outcomes include improved school continuation, parenting skills and engagement and enhanced children’s cognitive development.
Also, center-based care and education are offered at Hiram Johnson, American Legion and Capital City high schools. Referrals can be made to Deborah Flores at (916) 264-3950 ext. 1608 or Rona Hammond, (916) 277-6767 ext. 1201.
This year, Hiram Johnson High School was selected to be the recipient of the Mormon Helping Hands project. Each year, the charity drive chooses a school to beautify with a volunteer labor force. On Saturday, more than 700 people from Hiram Johnson, SCUSD, the local community and the LDS Church came together from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to scrape gum, paint curbs, dig up weeds, replant flowers and shrubs, trim and beautify hedges and wash and clean the halls and windows in the classroom areas. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the school and community!
SCUSD provides part day State funded preschool for eligible parents. The family monthly income must be under a certain amount.
If you would like to enroll in the State Preschool program please contact one of our two registration center Hiram Johnson Family Education Center, 3535 65th Street, (916) 277-7151;or Capital City Child Development Center, 7220 24th Street, (916) 433-2736.
A SAC Member is one of four members chosen from each class level (i.e. freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior) to be a representative from the school’s Youth Congress. He/She is a highly visible student from the school site that works to ensure youth input and participation in decision-making processes.
2007 Youth Congress Advisors
America’s Choice HS – Mary Lou Hanzlik
Mrs. Hanzlik teaches electives classes such as art, yearbook and student government at America’s Choice High School. She is also the Youth Congress Advisor.
The Youth Congress at America’s Choice operates as a committee within the student advisory council and the student government class. Four students attend the district level Youth Congress meetings each month. America’s Choice students that are interested in being a school representative on the Youth Congress may apply at the beginning of each term. Applications are available in Room 3, see Mrs. Hanzlik for details.
Currently our Youth Congress is working toward setting a date for ceremony that will take place at the building site of our new school. This is an issue that is important to our students because many students have relocated with the school three times over the last four years. Students also attend school board meetings to show support for charter schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
C.K. McClatchy HS – Tim Douglas
Mr. Douglas teaches History and Student Activities in room 16A.
Our youth congress has 85 members and we meet Monday through Friday at 7:30. Currently we are working on spirit building events including a Spring Sports Rally, a multicultural day where clubs and entertainers perform and a Leukemia fundraising drive.
Last year our Youth Leadership class accomplished, among many other things, a Toy drive with the CHP, an Every 15 Minutes presentation for our 11th and 12th grade classes, and an Anti-Smoking event with professional X game athletes.
Our students have attended every meeting this year and we were the host site for December.
Hiram Johnson HS – Dylan Besk
I teach English in room X22 and have been the Youth Congress Advisor from 2004 to 2007. Our active Youth Congress (youth leadership) has ten to fifteen members; we meet on Fridays during lunch.
Last year, our Youth Congress class accomplished revisions to the school’s punctuality policy, an RT forum, and student leadership forums.
Luther Burbank HS – Jennifer Adkins
I teach 9th/10th/12th English and am the Leadership/Youth Congress Advisor. Our Youth Congress (youth leadership) has 24 members; we meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday during 7th period (3:30-4:30).
As we are newly formed (Spring Semester 2007), we are currently working on creating cohesion/unity and addressing student activities for this school year. Our Youth Congress has attended 4 SAC Meetings this year and we were the host site for the November 14, 2006 SAC meeting.
Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions HS – Allison Allair
I teach Student Government and World History in room C12. Our Youth Congress is a committee in our third period Student Government class. Currently we are working on outreach for a more diverse student voice. This is our first year in Youth Congress and we are excited about working with students from other schools in the district and providing input for the school board. Our Youth Congress has attended almost all of the SAC meetings this year. In the future we hope to have students from Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School represented in the leadership of the SAC, and as the student member on the SCUSD Board of Education.
Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses and exams offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit, stand out in the competitive college admission process and prepare for the rigors of college through challenging classes.
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.
SCUSD offers high-achieving students a choice of four criteria-based high school options for a rigorous, challenging education that meets University of California requirements. Please note that these program require an separate application to apply.
Our students dream about their futures. They want to be engineers and nurses and chefs and video game designers and senators. They want to go to college. They want successful careers and lives filled with passion and purpose.
At SCUSD we are committed to helping all of our students achieve their dreams. Every school is focused on preparing students for college and careers through rigorous course work, positive relationships with caring adults and meaningful connections to the world at large.
Superintendent Raymond launched the Priority Schools program in the spring of 2010 to accelerate the rate of student learning in low-performing, high-poverty schools. Six schools were initially selected for participation: Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny and Leataata Floyd (formerly Jedediah Smith) elementary schools; Fern Bacon and Will C. Wood middle schools; and Hiram Johnson High School. Rosa Parks Middle School was added to the program in June 2011.
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act. The purpose of JROTC, according to federal code, is “to instill in students…the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Additional objectives include: