Dear Parents, Students and Community-
Possibilities: that is what I think of when I hear the words Cal High. There are so many possibilities for students here that the choices seem almost limitless. Our school combines the best academic options available in the area with the most diverse and vibrant activities, sports, clubs and other opportunities that help develop the whole person. I often joke with people here that a person could be busy here every night at an event—and that is literally true. California High School is a vibrant learning community where every student can find their passion and work to develop it. From our five career academies, to our Scholars Academy, to a wide range of elective offerings and a comprehensive sports program Cal High offers something for everyone.
Cal High’s students continue to excel in all areas of academic and extra-curricular endeavors. From our similar schools ranking of nine to our continued success in band, vocal performance, theater, speech and debate, Model United Nations, and a variety of other pursuits California High School is known in the region as an excellent school where students feel connected and where they can be successful. California High School has a long tradition, going on 60 years at this point, of producing very successful graduates who find fame and fortune in a wide variety of businesses as well as public service. We speak of condors soaring to the top here at Cal High and that is certainly the case. Each year we send graduating seniors to a variety of colleges and post-graduate training including UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Stanford and the like. There is much of which to be proud among our students, staff, community and alumni as they pursue their passions and find great success in the world.
We provide a standards-based, research-driven instructional program at Cal High that helps students reach their potential. Our ACE Program, five California Partnership Academies, the Puente Program, Advanced Placement Program, the relatively new Scholars Academy, the exemplary Special Education Program, and our strong intervention program all help provide students the support and challenges they need to be their best. We believe that all students can achieve at high levels and we work to maximize our efforts, and those of ours students, in pursuit of that belief. We are very proud of our record of student success and look forward to continuing our work in the years to come. Part of that work is the use of an innovative bell schedule that provides longer blocks of instructional time each day and an embedded support period at the end of each block. During this time teachers work with their own students to provide additional support as students seek to fully understand the content and skills necessary in each class. This embedded support time is unique in California and is one reason we expect to continue increasing our on-target for graduation rate, our University of California A through G completion rate, and our proficiency rates on Standards Tests and the High School Exit Exam.
We look forward to meeting the needs of every student at our comprehensive high school. We offer not only something for everyone but something of great value for everyone. We explore and celebrate the possibilities at Cal High and we welcome you to join us in our pursuit of excellence for all. California High School, as I often say on campus, is a great place to work and go to school. The possibilities are virtually endless and we eagerly await each new day to see in which direction our journey of discovery will take us. Thanks for being part of the California High School community!
Bill Schloss, Principal