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SAT Prep Course

SAT Prep Course once again being offered on the SFHS campus.  Sign up by calling 877-209-9079 or by visiting the following link  The cost is $95 and space is limited.  The dates of the course are 12/12, 1/6, 1/13, 1/16, & 1/20.

Reflecting on Paul Lee
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson reflects on the life of beloved student Hun Joon Lee, who teachers, staff and students knew affectionately as “Paul,” the impact he has had on the entire Whittier Union High School District community, and collective responsibility to protect all children, especially those who are vulnerable, in an Op-Ed that appeared in the Whittier Daily News on Oct. 4. Please click here to read more.
Mobile Clinic on Wheels from PIH
 Please see the attached PDF for additional information on the services provided by the Mobile Clinic on Wheels from Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital.  Students, parents of students, siblings of students, infants and children of students are encouraged to take advantage of these services!
Superintendent’s Message - Report to the Community 2015
Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson shares the many wonderful accomplishments the District has celebrated, as well as the impressive student achievement data that reflects the District's commitment to excellence. Click here to read the message.
 NEW - 2015 Report to the Community 
WUHSD students are reaching increasingly higher levels of academic achievement as the result of the District’s focus on its “Whatever It Takes” initiative. The 2015 Report to the Community provides new, detailed information on the District’s academic improvement as well as a budget overview and summary of its ongoing program to modernize facilities. Click here to download the report.
 Monthly Update: November 2015
Check out the latest news and events happening at our high schools! Click here to read our latest update. An archive of all District newsletters is available here.


  • Santa Fe High Senior Recognized for Academic, Community Achievements

    A former English learner in elementary school, Santa Fe High School senior Sarahi Garza has risen to the top of her class with the encouragement of her parents and ongoing support from her Chieftain family. Garza has earned 4.43 GPA by juggling a rigorous academic schedule that includes several honors and Advanced Placement classes and community volunteer projects. In recognition of her achievements and impressive successes, Garza was recently honored with the Award of Merit from the Whittier Union Board of Trustees.

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  • Whittier Union Issues Final Series of Measure W Bond, Refinances Measure C

    Following the extensive modernization of campus classrooms and facilities, the Whittier Union High School District is focusing its efforts on completing the final items on its bond list. The District has issued the final $18.9 million in Measure W bonds and has successfully refinanced a portion of the $98 million in bonds issued through 1998’s Measure C, saving taxpayers $12.2 million.

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  • Santa Fe High Automotive Engineering Students Debut Plug-in Electric 1969 VW Beetle

    The Automotive Engineering class at Santa Fe High School in October debuted a revolutionary project that has been three years in the making: a newly converted electric 1969 Volkswagen Beetle capable of traveling 80 miles on one charge.

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  • Whittier Union Summer Renovation Projects Include Stadium Construction, Other Facility Upgrades

    Renovation and improvement projects – including the construction of a new 7,000-seat stadium at California High School – are in full swing this summer at the Whittier Union High School District. Workers are busy upgrading facilities across the District to increase school safety and provide 21st century learning environments for students, who will head back to school Aug. 12.

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  • Whittier Union Teachers Learn New Strategies, Share Successes in the Classroom

    In anticipation of another rigorous year at the Whittier Union High School District, instructors spent their summer months attending professional development workshops at the Sierra Education Center, breaking into teams and setting an ambitious agenda designed to continually enhance teacher development and student achievement. This work will help prepare students for the Smarter Balanced tests, which assess students’ understanding of content under the rigorous California Standards. All 11th-grade students will complete the exams in the spring.

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  • Santa Fe Grad’s Stellar Performance at Thespian Festival Shines Spotlight on Theater Arts Program

    Recent Santa Fe High School graduate Anthony Ayala as selected as one of 2015’s top three high school monologists by the Educational Theater Association, the nation’s preeminent professional association for theater education, during a performance at the International Thespian Festival. The accolades awarded to Ayala at the June festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln marked the culmination of a distinguished portfolio of work at Santa Fe, from the starring role in “Macbeth” to student director of plays.

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  • Whittier Union to Expand Summer School Courses, Create Academic English Course Under LCAP

    Whittier Union High School District plans to invest $15 million to expand summer school courses, broaden student mental health services, strengthen technology support and implement a unique Academic English course that will directly support English learner students as part of its 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plan, a requirement of the state’s school funding system, guides District efforts to improve student learning.

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  • Whittier Union Celebrates More Than 3,000 Graduates

    More than 3,000 students from Whittier Union High School District’s five comprehensive high schools, two alternative high schools, adult school and Transition program for special education students ages 18 to 22 capped their high school careers with commencement ceremonies June 2-3.

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  • Whittier Union Celebrates Grand Opening of Dick Torres Memorial Stadium

    The Whittier Union High School District unveiled its spectacular 7,000-seat football stadium at Pioneer High School – among the largest high school stadiums in the San Gabriel Valley – to the community during a grand opening ceremony on May 28. The $17.5 million facility, built with proceeds from the $75 million Measure W facilities bond, was dedicated as the Dick Torres Memorial Stadium in honor of Richard (Dick) Torres, who died in 2010 after serving more than 30 years as an educational leader and inspiration to Whittier Union students.

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  • Whittier Union Schools Awarded Prestigious California Gold Ribbons

    All five of the Whittier Union High School District’s comprehensive high schools on May 5 were named California Gold Ribbon Schools – the state’s highest award for academic excellence. Gold Ribbons were awarded to California, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools; the latter three received an additional award for being Title I Academic Achieving Schools that demonstrate success in meeting the educational needs of all students.

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