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. AP
courses emphasize the skills and habits needed to be successful
in higher education, including demanding writing skills,
problem-solving abilities, time management discipline and
sharpened study habits.
Phoebe Hearst and Camellia elementary schools are Basic Schools
that emphasize the development of academic skills and good study
habits. Students must meet admission criteria to be accepted to
the lottery for the Basic Program.
The overall goal of the school staff is to bring together the
most successful traditional and new methods of instruction which
emphasize academic skills and good study habits.
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.
SCUSD offers high-achieving students a choice of three
criteria-based high school options for a rigorous, challenging
education that meets University of California requirements.
Please note that these programs must be applied to through
School Specialty Application. Each program has specific
criteria for admittance. Click the posts linked below for
information on each program.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit
educational foundation offering four highly respected educational
programs that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional
and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly
Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any
of the programs.
The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of
teaching and student achievement.
Our district is working diligently to provide opportunities for
our students to expand their linguistic repertoire to meet the
ever-changing needs of the global society. As a result,
language immersion programs have become a pathway for our
students to acquire fluent literacy skills in both English and
their home language.
Public Waldorf schools are places where imagination, creativity
and critical thinking skills necessary for college and careers
are fostered in a supportive “whole child” environment.
Waldorf education was developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) at
the beginning of the 20th century. The Waldorf education model is
used in 60 countries and there are 44 Waldorf-inspired public
schools in the United States. SCUSD opened the country’s first
public Waldorf-inspired high school, George Washington Carver
School of Arts and Sciences, in 2008.
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
With rising college costs and an uncertain job market, interest
is growing in non-traditional, smaller high schools that put
teens on a proven pathway to post-high school success. SCUSD
offers five small high schools geared to preparing students for
such growing employment fields as health care, engineering,
sustainability and design.
Education researchers are finding that by integrating the arts
into core subjects students learn to be more creative, more
innovative and better problem solvers. Art and design also pair
well with science, engineering and technology as similar thinking
skills are needed to plan and construct complex projects across