Vacaville High School: “Where old school traditions meet new world expectations”.
This is not simply a slogan for a shirt at our school. Vacaville High School celebrated its centennial more than a decade ago—this is a school steeped in tradition. And while we are all proud of our storied past, what excites us most are the challenges involved in simultaneously honoring a tradition that dates back to the 1800’s while taking bold steps into the 21st century..
We are excited about the direction we are moving in as a school. Within the last few years, Vaca High has built into its bell schedule a weekly block of time for teacher collaboration. This collaborative time has allowed Vacaville High School to grow as a professional learning community and improve its approach to curriculum, instruction and assessment. It has given us an opportunity to ponder our mission and vision. Vaca High has become more systematic in its efforts to support student achievement. And while implementing systems to support our students, we have also raised our expectations of them. We have implemented support classes, pacing guides, benchmark exams, in-school tutorial time and a citizenship plan that expects the best from our students. The good news is that we are seeing the results of our efforts. Whether the measure is GPAs, exit exam passage rates, AP test results or API (STAR Test) scores, we are seeing steady improvement over time.
At Vacaville High School we are proud of our efforts to create a climate and culture where kids feel welcomed, valued and encouraged to get involved. It’s long been clear that the student who finds a way to get involved outside of the classroom has a more favorable connection to school which is predictive of greater academic success. We put a great deal of energy into helping students find these connections. Our Link Crew program welcomes and orients our new bulldogs and sets them on the right path. Student Council creates ample opportunities for spirited participation. Clubs on campus offer students the chance to do everything from building robots to raising pigs. Our music and athletic programs are inclusive and award winning. More than 75% of our student body participates in some sort of extra or co-curricular program.
We take very seriously our charge to prepare students for life in the 21st century and we are proud of where we see our kids going. From community colleges to the Ivy Leagues…from Broadway stages to the NFL…from veterinary technicians to surgeons…from classroom teachers (more than a dozen of our teachers graduated from this school) to university researchers…Vacaville High School prepares its students for their futures.
When you visit Vacaville High School, we hope you will see our family atmosphere, competitive spirit and our commitment to continuous improvement. The championship banners in our gym may suggest to you that we like to win. We do like to succeed and we don’t apologize for that. We believe that our competitive spirit will serve us all well as we continue our march into the 21st century.
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