OFFERING A RIGOROUS AND RELEVANT CURRICULUM THAT BOTH CHALLENGES STUDENTS AND FOSTERS SKILLS FOR TODAY’S GLOBAL SOCIETY.
Within the School of Letters and Sciences are three Academies: Academy of Accelerated Academics, Academy of Applied Science and Engineering and the Academy of Law and Culture. Students may choose from 21 different Advanced Placement and honor courses. Based on the class of 2017, Santa Susana is academically the highest performing high school in Ventura County.* Over 8% of the class of 2017 was admitted to UCLA, UC Berkeley, or an Ivy League university, with majors in pre-med, pre-law, engineering and more. Within the School of Letters & Sciences there are seven pathways which focus on: Humanities, STEM: Robotics & Engineering, Science, Math, Law & Society, World Culture, and Psychobiology (pre-med).
Instructional technology is embedded throughout the curriculum. Most classrooms have a computer chromebook cart with a 1:1 ratio to ensure each student has access to the technology. Students are preparing for the next century by thinking creatively, communicating effectively, solving problems critically, and collaborating synergistically.
UTILIZING STATE OF THE ART SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT AND PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN HIGH LEVEL, REAL WORLD EXPERIENCES.
Santa Susana students are prepared to enter the digital and technology field immediately after high school. Our educators utilize real world scenarios, state of the art software, modern equipment and make professional connections to engage students.
Partnerships with local organizations and businesses are an integral part of the Santa Susana culture and activities. We partner with local schools, businesses, industry trained teachers, and Artists in Residence to further deepen students’ knowledge in their fields of interest. In collaboration with the Ventura County Office of Education, Santa Susana offers five Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways: Digital Graphics and Media, Stagecraft Technology, Video Production, Audio Production, and Computer Programming. Students who complete a course of study in digital arts and technology, and complete a Senior Project which demonstrates their knowledge and expertise in their field, may receive a “certificate of proficiency” and college credit.
PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH TRAINING IN VISUAL ARTS, DANCE, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, THEATRE, MUSICAL THEATRE AND VOCAL MUSIC.
Performing groups are audition-based allowing students to learn high level performance skills that prepare them for college and/or industry. Students participate in local and national competitions, festivals, workshops, and performances. Students must produce an online portfolio which is submitted for auditions and college applications. Student perform in a state-of-the-art, 422-seat capacity Performing Arts Center. Shows are frequently sold out. There are eight pathway opportunities in the School of Visual and Performing Arts which include: Fine Art, Commercial Illustration, Dance, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Vocal Music, and Stage Production. Students who complete a course of study, create a portfolio, and complete a Senior Project, which demonstrates their knowledge and expertise, may receive a Certification in their area of emphasis.