Build on academic program strengths to provide a distinctive educational experience in Santa Barbara County and the State of California

A distinguishing feature of the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District is the quality of the students who attend our schools, in addition to the deep commitment of our faculty and support staff. This combination of talented students and dedicated faculty leads to an environment of excellence, ensuring that our graduates are prepared for the rigors of college, and are ready to engage the global community in the 21st century.





·         Strive to attain a State API ranking of 10 and a similar schools API ranking of 10
·         Foster a learning environment that strives to close the achievement gap across all demographic subgroups
·         Transition the curriculum across all departments from a traditional model of learning to a constructivist model that embraces the concepts of inquiry-based learning for all students, is informed by best practices in teaching and learning, and is supported with appropriate resources

·         Support and foster the well-rounded education of our students to include concepts of citizenship and community, leadership skills, analysis, creativity and problem-solving, the expression and exchange of ideas, and diversity and equity

·         Recruit, develop and retain faculty of outstanding caliber, characterized by an intense commitment to inquiry-based education through exceptional teaching and research


We will mark our progress by such measures as:

·         Monitoring master schedules to assign teachers based on student-need

·         The proportion of classroom activities that incorporate necessary 21st century skills, leading to increased analysis and synthesis of data and problem-solving

·         Student success in achieving their first choice in college or internship programs

·         Assessments by graduating seniors, informing us about their educational experience

·         Frequency of student-faculty interaction in learning experiences beyond the classroom


Last Modified on May 19, 2010