FOR LETTERS & SCIENCES, DIGITAL ARTS & TECHNOLOGY, AND VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS.
Santa Susana High School thrives as an educational community committed to ensuring our scholars are prepared for the demands of a changing global society. The unique feature of our school program is our Schools and Academy structure. We offer the School of Letters and Sciences, School of Digital Arts and Technology, and the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Within each school, students may focus on one or more of our 18 Pathways, or Majors. Students who complete a course of study and a Senior Project which demonstrates their knowledge and expertise may receive a Certification in their area of emphasis.
Santa Susana offers seven approved California Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways: Arts, Media and Entertainment: Performing Arts, Digital Media, Stagecraft, and Digital Audio, Public Service, Engineering and Architecture, Travel and Tourism. CTE courses prepare students for entry-level career opportunities and college eligibility. Some of our Majors in these areas include: Musical Theatre, Law, Graphics & Publication, Pre-Med, Stagecraft, Engineering, Dance, Vocal Music, and Film Production.
A modified bell schedule with an optional extended day, allows our scholars to maximize their school day while balancing rigorous academic and elective courses. Our schedule allows for early and after school classes while the block schedule allows for extended time on projects, rehearsals, labs, performances and field trips. Our Academic and Career Exploration (ACE) period gives students an opportunity to customize their day to focus on their personal academic goals and career interests.
Throughout our elective programs, our scholars work with industry professionals via Artists In Residence, guest lecturers, internships and mentorships. Nearly all our courses are “a-g” approved for four-year university acceptance. Additionally, our scholars may enroll in articulated classes on campus to receive high school and college credit simultaneously.
SANTA SUSANA HIGH SCHOOL IS A SMALL SCHOOL, WHERE EACH STUDENT IS KNOWN BY OUR STAFF AND IS RESPECTED AS A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL WITH HIS OR HER OWN PERSONAL INTERESTS, TALENTS, AND GOALS.
Educators at our school employ a wide range of strategies that encourage parental and community involvement. Founded on philosophy of shared leadership, our school places a high priority on regular communication with all stakeholders. To foster community input and involvement in school programs families are encouraged to participate in our PTSA, Santa Susana Performing Arts Boosters, Volunteer Docents, the Performing Arts Center Foundation and/or the School Site Council. Additional presentations by teachers and administrators are made periodically to business and community organizations to further inform community members.
To provide the most current information about our programs and events, we regularly update the school’s website (sshs.simivalleyusd.org), send weekly email communication, post on social media sites (Santa Susana High School Facebook and Twitter), and use local publications.
We continually work to involve our local community and beyond in providing students with a relevant curriculum. Partnerships with local organizations and businesses are an integral part of the Santa Susana culture and activities such as, but not limited to, Senior Project mentors and judges, financial sponsors, and in career based experiences.
The Distinguished Speaker Series provides world class lectures on a variety of academic topics. The three main goals of the series are: to further the desire to access new experiences; to enhance content that educates and informs; and to inspire lifelong learning. Past speakers include: recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Peace Corp Volunteer, CERN Intern, a Holocaust Survivor, and a former President of Mexico.
Santa Susana’s “open-door” policy invites guests from the community to observe classroom instruction and speak with students, staff and administration on a regular basis. Call today for a campus tour: 805-520-6800 or sign up online.
Arts, Media, Entertainment (AME) Demonstration Site
Santa Susana High School serves as an AME Demonstration site for the state of California.
Pathways Design, Visual, and Media Arts; Performing Arts; Production and Managerial Arts.
Career Areas Featuring: Academy of Digital Graphics & Publication; Academy of TV & the Art of Film; Academy of Stagecraft; Academy of Fine Arts (Emphasis – Visual Arts and Animation); Academy of Performing Arts (Emphasis - Vocal and Instrumental Music, Theatre, Dance, and Musical Theatre)
School Model Magnet School, entire school divided into: school-within-school programs.
Demonstration Day January 9, 2020 Also by Appointment