Welcome to the Acalanes Union High School District!
It is my privilege to lead the Acalanes Union High School District staff in its commitment to provide the absolute highest quality high school education for ALL students. We value relevant and stimulating college and career prep curriculum, rich extra- and co-curricular opportunities, and strong support services in order for each student to have the optimal high school experience. We find ourselves in a time of rapid and exciting change in high school education, and the District is working very hard to expand and enhance structure and programs to best meet the needs and interests of our students.
The District offers incredible opportunities for almost 6000 students at its five high schools: Acalanes High School, Campolindo High School, Las Lomas High School, Miramonte High School, and the Acalanes Center for Independent Study. Each school recently received the highest accreditation term, six years, from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the accreditation body for all California schools. The accreditation term is a reflection of the unwavering commitment towards strategic and continuous improvement at all of our high school sites.
The District continues to provide exceptional opportunities for the adult community through the Acalanes Adult Education Center. Well in excess of 4500 adults are anticipated to benefit from the Center’s programming in the 2018-2019 school year.
Our comprehensive high schools are in the midst of tremendous reform of systems, structures and instructional delivery. We implemented a new school day schedule in 2017-2018 that includes longer instructional blocks, time for targeted intervention, support, seminars and enrichment, expanded teacher collaboration time, and a later start on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A shift in the school year calendar with a design to improve learning and the student experience will be introduced in 2019-2020. Efforts towards equity and to provide access and opportunity for all students have been prioritized. And supporting student wellness is at the forefront of many initiatives, including school wellness centers, which have now opened on all campuses, new curriculum and instruction, and community partnerships.
The District adopted its sixth Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) on June 26, 2019. The three-year plan addresses State and District priorities through actions to address the following five goals:
- Recruit, develop and retain high quality certificated, classified and administrative staff
(High quality staff)
- Provide facilities and learning environments conducive to 21st Century learning opportunities
(High quality facilities)
- Further develop and implement high quality programs and educational opportunities for students to attain college and career readiness
(High quality programs)
- Develop programs and opportunities to promote access and achievement for all students in relevant and engaging curriculum and programs
(Access and Equity)
- Provide safe, engaging and inclusive school sites and classrooms that address the social-emotional needs of all students
(School climate and Social-emotional development)
All of these efforts are possible due to tremendous community support for the Acalanes Union High School District. Local parcel taxes provide an essential revenue stream to maintain high quality programs. Education foundation and parent club support enable expansive elective programs, support services and enriching educational opportunities. State funding in the Acalanes Union High School District is simply inadequate for high quality schools. It is the local support that enables the educational opportunities available for our students.
Thank you for your support as together “We educate every student to excel and contribute in a global society.”
John Nickerson, Superintendent