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The district's mission is to prepare students to be responsible, productive citizens, to think independently, and to contribute to the success of our democracy. District staff provides a safe, secure, healthy learning environment in which students can do their best. Classroom instruction adheres to California's model curriculum standards with a special emphasis on language arts (reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening skills).

Primary-age children participate in an experience-based learning environment that nurtures intellectual and physical capabilities, reflects each child's developmental levels, promotes self-discipline and provides for mastery of the basic proficiencies.

Older elementary children pursue a meaningful curriculum which promotes critical thinking in all subjects. Through the study of history, science, math, language arts, social science, fine arts, and careers, students grow to understand themselves and others and develop judgment, perception, civic pride, and responsibility.

The comprehensive middle school curriculum emphasizes academics, varied teaching and learning styles, effective communication skills, critical and creative thinking activities, cultural awareness, and an appreciation of others' points of view.

High school students continue their study of the core curriculum in greater depth. They assume more personal responsibility for their educational growth as they select from a variety of offerings, courses aligned to their personal interests, achievement levels, and post-graduation goals.

 

Special Programs

The Special Education Program enables children with learning disabilities to receive assistance carefully tailored to their unique learning styles either within the regular classroom or through special classes.

The Limited English Proficiency Program helps students who are not fluent in English to understand and speak the English language. When necessary, they also receive assistance from bilingual aides who speak their primary languages.

The Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) offers children identified as intellectually gifted, high achieving, or talented in an array of enriching and accelerated learning opportunities. At the elementary and middle schools, the GATE teacher provides special activities for these students. At the high school level, GATE students have access to Advanced Placement classes in major academic areas and to classes in fine arts including music, drama, and visual arts.