In elementary school, Alani Beirn was a good student on the path to success. But when sixth grade came around, social pressures from bullies made it hard for her to reach her full potential. “My mom pulled me out of school because the teachers and principals didn’t take action,” says Alani. If Alani was to […]
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September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. To encompass the diverse group this holiday recognizes we’ve included Latinx in the official title. Latinx references a person of Latin American origin or descent and is a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish or are descendants of Spanish-speaking […]
When Ashley Curle was fourteen years old, her family made a journey that took her out of her familiar environment and brought her across the world. “I moved from Africa and did not know how to deal with the culture shock,” says Ashley. “It was scary enough just moving, but then going into high school […]
Updated: 9/13/21 Deadline extended! Post your photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram by 9/19 for a chance to receive a gift card! Message from Superintendent Steve Olmos Ed.D. Welcome to the new school year! As a large school with families in nine different counties a “digital pep rally” is a great way to build […]
Welcome to the first day of the 2021/22 school year! I know that your teacher has already reached out to you to ensure the year is off to a great start. I am grateful that our team has everything in place to serve and support our students. If you need anything, remember you have an […]
“The work that I’m passionate about today started when I received a heart transplant at two,” says Christian Sutton, Class of 2014 Valedictorian and Donate Life California Ambassador. “The greatest hero that I never met was the three year old who donated my heart.” The heart transplant that saved his life was only the first of many […]
When Grace Fulton isn’t hiking or spending time in nature, she’s conscientiously advocating for women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community. Unfortunately her unique perspective on the world was not nurtured and supported in a traditional school environment. “I fell into a bad depression and had horrible anxiety,” Grace says, speaking candidly about the struggles she […]
On July 1st, AB 104 passed allowing the parent, guardian, or education rights holder of a pupil or a pupil 18 years of age or older who attended 9th-12th grade in the 20-21 school year, to apply for a Pass or No Pass grade instead of the letter grade received. If you would like to […]
When Magdalene was in third grade, her elementary school closed and her family was faced with a challenge. They needed to find a school that supported her educational needs while allowing her to pursue her interests and passions. Magdalene’s family found that support in our programs and she recently graduated with the Class of 2021! […]