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Santa Clarita's 25th: Look to public schools

Posted: December 15, 2012 4:00 a.m.
Updated: December 15, 2012 4:00 a.m.

 Parents have many choices in selecting a school that is best for their children, from traditional public schools and charter schools, to private schools and home schooling, the choices can be overwhelming. Parents desire to ensure their children receive a high-quality education in a safe environment, enjoy a good social and emotional school experience, explore career and co-curricular pathways, and are provided the foundation to develop into successful, well-adjusted young adults. Which type of school will lead your child toward educational success and personal growth?

Traditional public schools in the Santa Clarita Valley are providing all of the above for 50,000-plus students, with most graduating through the William S. Hart Union High School District. Hart District high school students are recognized nationally for college readiness and superior achievement in academics, sports, performing arts and leadership. Year after year, graduates are accepted to top universities across the country and bring with them a well-rounded foundation that includes opportunities to explore many electives not found in a smaller school setting.

Students promote to the William S. Hart Union High School District from four elementary districts in the Santa Clarita Valley, ready for the rigor and responsibility of junior high school. Castaic, Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs School Districts are among the highest performing elementary school districts in the state and have each earned numerous honors as National Blue Ribbon Schools and California Distinguished Schools.

The same holds true for the Hart School District and all five local school districts boast high Academic Performance Index (API) scores compared to schools in Los Angeles County and the state. Additionally, as the largest combined employer in the City of Santa Clarita, local educators make up a significant percentage of residents who contribute to the local economy through home ownership, purchases, dining, entertainment and involvement in the local community, contributing to the overall financial health of the Santa Clarita Valley.

With the recent passing of Proposition 30, voters across the state overwhelmingly passed this initiative to support public education. Los Angeles residents passed this proposition by 60.4 percent. Great schools in a community are directly correlated to higher home values and it is evident that residents in the Santa Clarita Valley understand and support the high achievement emphasized in their neighborhoods.

The Hart School District is proud of its nationally recognized diversity programs, and commitment to promoting tolerance and acceptance of all of our students, by all of our students. As adults, we interact with people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities and from various ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and we strongly believe that providing opportunities for interaction at school introduces students to communication styles and interpersonal differences, at an early age that fosters acceptance and understanding of people from diverse backgrounds. This commitment begins in the elementary school programs through lessons in culture through arts and academics.

In addition to great academic programs and opportunities for performing arts, technology, leadership, enrichment, clubs, organizations and athletics, electives, foreign language, AP classes at the high school level, all five districts have very strong parent support. PTA/ PTSA and other parent organizations are strong on each campus and collectively at the regional level.

If you are in the process of comparing schools, check out what the traditional public school in your neighborhood has to offer. Please contact the school or district directly to arrange a campus tour and meet with a principal or administrator. Administration and staff would like to share the great academic and co-curricular programs available for your student. Please see the advertisement below for websites for each district.



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