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Whittier Union High School District

Superintendent's Message

Fall 2017 - Report to the Community 

Dear Whittier Union community,

I am very excited to present the 2017 Whittier Union High School District Report to the Community, which is available on our District website. This report demonstrates the successes our students have achieved, from the first day they step onto our campuses until the last day when they walk across our schools’ stages as graduates, bolstered by educational leaders who contribute to our strong academic culture.

Under the exemplary leadership of our Board of Trustees, Whittier Union has strengthened its commitment to academic excellence by building a network of programs and services to meet each students’ unique academic, social and emotional needs. Our focused instructional program and robust learning environment have raised the bar for college- and career-readiness and produced positive results on our students’ continued academic success.

Each year, we welcome close to 3,000 freshmen who spend 720 days (four years times 180 days) of their high school experience learning from our talented team of educators. In that time, we take them from being teens who are just beginning to spread their wings to becoming mature adults who are ready to take on the world in college, the military, and careers – fueling their flames of growth so they can reach their potential.As the data and information in our Report to the Community illustrate, we are succeeding in reaching our goal of increasing students’ academic gains, with their achievement continuing to soar in multiple areas at every school.

As the data and information in our Report to the Community illustrate, we are succeeding in reaching our goal of increasing students’ academic gains, with their achievement continuing to soar in multiple areas at every school.

Nearly 97 percent of students are graduating from our comprehensive high schools in four years; for those who need more time and support in our alternative schools, another 3 percent are graduating in five years, bringing us to 99 percent of our students graduating within five years. Students in grades 10-12 have maintained the highest on-target for graduation rates in District history, with nearly 97 percent of seniors on track to graduate and more than 90 percent of graduates enrolling in two- or four-year colleges.

The District’s fiscally sound budget, which has been carefully crafted to ensure our students receive a quality education and have the proper support systems in place, also prioritizes the needs of our English learners, foster children and economically disadvantaged students.

We have also continued our commitment to providing quality learning facilities to support students as they prepare to pursue post-secondary education and careers. While our focus has been on renovating classrooms and career technical buildings, we have also upgraded our athletic facilities.

Every day, we serve more than 12,000 students across our five award-winning comprehensive high schools, a model continuation school, an independent study school and a transition program, as well as 7,000 students at our Adult School.

The world-class education our students receive would not be possible without our supportive Board of Trustees, certificated and classified staff, administrative leaders and those in the classroom who are providing the most transformative 720-day experience possible to each and every one of our kids.

We greatly appreciate the support of our Whittier Union community in our efforts to continually build a culture of high expectations, support and opportunity for all students.

 

Martin J. Plourde

Superintendent 

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