Apple Valley High School (California)
|Apple Valley High School|
|Motto||SunDevil Pride is Contagious!|
|Location||11837 Navajo Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92308,
Apple Valley, California, United States
|District||Apple Valley Unified School District|
|Accreditation||6 Year WASC Accreditation (the maximum possible)|
|Colors||Orange, Black, White
Apple Valley High School (AVHS) is a public four-year high school located in Apple Valley, California, United States. It is a part of the Apple Valley Unified School District. Apple Valley High School has a proud history in the local community. Built in 1967, it was the first and only high school in the Town of Apple Valley until 1999 when Granite Hills High School opened. The campus has expanded with growth and was modernized with local bond funds in 2002. Despite the years, Apple Valley High School is a beautiful and well-maintained campus. The school has long operated as a community center and important gathering place for Apple Valley youth of all ages. There is a powerful sense of community pride around the school and the tradition of excellence is well known.
Over the past several years, the driving mission of the school to achieve the school-wide learner outcomes of:
- Academic Achiever,
- Valuable Community Participant
- Skillful Thinker and Communicator
have been accomplished through the pursuit of student involvement in programs. To that end, Apple Valley High School has an array of program options without equal in most high schools. The campus is truly comprehensive in program variety including:
- Agriculture - Plant Science, Animal Science, and Agricultural Engineering
- Health - Medical And Health Science Technology, a California Partnership Academy
- Computers - Computer And Media Pathway, a California Partnership Academy
- AFJROTC - An elective pathway offering a strong community within the school
- Performing Arts – Band, Drama, and Choir allow for student growth and a chance to perform
- Visual Arts - Drawing, Painting, and Ceramics allow students to express themselves creatively
- Advanced Placement - Comprehensive and accessible program with excellent growth
- AVID - Explicit connection to college for students with promise and drive
- The Sundevil PRIDE After School - Offering over 30 enrichment activities
- Special Education - Support for students with varying levels of disabilities
- Transition to work - Multiple pathways for students to gain internships and paid work experience
- ROP and CTE- Courses focused on industry standard skills and training:
- Woodshop and Construction Technology
- Welding and Fabrication
- Automotive \ Engine Performance Sports Therapy
- Floral design
- Restaurant Occupations
- Bakery Occupations
- Graphic Communications
- Silk Screening \ Embroidery
- Medical Assistant, Emergency First Responder
- Journalism, Newspaper and Yearbook
Along with the aforementioned academic and co-curricular offerings, students have access to the more traditional school program of clubs, student government and sports. In all cases the goal is the same, to involve and thereby enfranchise all students so that there is at least one strong connection between the school and each student. This has proven the most effective tactic to raise the level of student performance toward our intended outcome.
The school's mascot, Sparky the SunDevil, has been the center of controversy for many years. Over the history of the school the character of the SunDevil has increasingly become more cartoon-like, as parents were upset with the Satanic references.
In football, the Sun Devils compete annually against the Victor Valley High School Jackrabbits in the "Bell Game". The Bell game has been played since 1969 and Apple Valley leads the overall series 31-15.
- Jason Thompson (baseball player)
- Jason Vargas (baseball player)
- Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor)
- Napoleon D'umo (choreographer, creative director)
- Erik Robertson (football player)
- Roger Robinson (football player)
- Chris Brymer (football player)
Groups and Clubs
Apple Valley High School offers many groups and clubs including: Interact, National Honor Society, Spanish club, French club, Band, Choir, Drama, Servants of Our Savior, Junior Statesmen of America, Mock Trial, AVID, ASB (which also has ASB Tech & Audio), Trident Yearbook, The Sundial, Bowling,ping pong, Foundations, Cheer, Football, Soccer, Track, Volleyball, Basketball, Break dance,ballroom dancing, SkillsUSA, HOSA, Tennis, Auto Shop, Weight Lifting, CAMP and more.
One of the most unique programs is FFA. It is led by Mr. Penfold, a graduate of the school. On campus students have an assortment of animals. Pigs, steers, chickens, and lambs are raised on campus or at home by most students as their class project. Most animals are then sold at the San Bernardino County Fair in May. FFA teaches students leadership and responsibilities through agricultural activities. Students learn business skills, traveling, public speaking, animal health care, and great friendships.
The Apple Valley High School Marching Sundevils Band has performed at the National Invitational Music Festival, held at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and has represented the community in the California State Marching Band Championships four times, in 2008,2009,2010,and 2011
The Sundial is the school's student newspaper and has been a member of The Quill and Scroll International Honor Society since 1967. The SunDial has won numerous awards including First Place from Quill in Scroll in 2008 and First Place with Special Merit from American Scholastic Press association in 2010.
HOSA is a small learning community program that is designed to teach students about health care and is led by Mrs. Watt, also a graduate of the school. Students in this program prepare for careers in the medical field as well as attend national conventions. HOSA students wear surgical scrubs on campus each Wednesday.
LEAD Academy, another small learning community, is led by Mrs. Castellano. In LEAD Academy students study child development.
Key To The Community or Key Club is run by Mr. Kuanda. Key Club focuses on helping the community. helpers of our community,(hooc) is run by mrs. reyes.hooc is a community service program.as well as key club and many others.
AFJROTC is one of the programs offered. ROTC helps students prepare for their future, many through the military. It is led by Colonel Taylor and Master Sergeant Aguilera.