Santa Susana High School
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|Santa Susana High School|
|3570 Cochran Street
Simi Valley, California, United States
|School district||Simi Valley Unified School District|
|Principal||Wendy A.H. Mayea|
|Teaching staff||54 (2009-2010)|
|Number of students||about 1250 (2009-2010)|
|Color(s)||Silver, black, white,and teal|
Santa Susana High School is one of four public high schools located in Simi Valley, California. Built in 1970, the school campus was originally designed as a junior high campus formerly known as Sequoia Junior High School. However in June 1995 it was voted by the school board that one junior high campus be converted into a magnet high school to accommodate the move of 9th graders into regular high school campuses, and all remaining junior high campuses be converted into middle schools. The school board elected Sequoia Junior High over Hillside Junior High because of location, and in September 1996 it became Santa Susana High School.
Currently Santa Susana High School is configured with 3 major classroom blocks, surrounding a quad. A large open air auditorium divides the complex and the school's multipurpose room, Stagecraft workshop and a small theater. The Performing Arts Center and the student parking lot are located near the multipurpose room. The school is part of the Simi Valley Unified School District (SVUSD). The school colors are silver, black, white, and teal. The mascot is the Troubadour.
- 1 Structure
- 2 Regional Occupational Program
- 3 Awards
- 4 External links
- 5 References
The school has three Schools which students may belong to: School of Academics, School of Technical Arts, and School of Visual & Performing Arts. Students then choose an emphasis inside the academy. For example, vocal music in the performing arts academy, humanities in the academic academy, or web design in the technology academy. It is also a school of choice, meaning that a student fills out an application and must be accepted before attending. This is a somewhat selective process because the school is small, with only about 1250 students enrolled and a total faculty of 54. The school is a "demonstration school", often visited by administrators from other districts, states, and countries. The school has been named as a silver medal winner in U.S. News & World Report's "Top 500 Schools in America" for the last two years. In 2007 it received the Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association for Invigorating High Schools. With an API (Academic Performance Index) score of 866, it remains as one of the highest ranking schools in the area.
Within the Main Schools, students choose an Academy and/or Emphasis Area in which they focus on a specially designed four-year course of study. The academy-specific curricular paths combine interest-based courses with core academic foundations to guide students through their high school careers. This "school-within-a-school" model allows students to pursue their academic interests as they build skills for a post-secondary life. Depending on the academy of enrollment, students may take classes in music theory, photography, video production, instrumental music, vocal music, musical theater, dance, stagecraft, web design, drama, graphics design, or drawing/painting.
Since 2007 Santa Susana has added three law related classes, with a grant helping to create the new Law & Society Academy. The first year it received funding for the academy, the team went to finals and finished in fourth place at the Ventura County Mock Trial competition, historically one of the most competitive counties in the state. The Law Academy is part of the School of Academics with an emphasis in Humanities.
Santa Susana is known for its fine and performing arts. Santa Susana High School received a state grant which enabled it to construct a state of the art Performing Arts Theater Center. First approved by voters in 2004 as part of the Simi Valley Unified School District's C4 Bond measure, HMC Architects initially delivered plans for a multipurpose room for which $8.6 million was allocated. Over time, the multipurpose room became an auditorium, and eventually became the 12,730-square-foot (1,183 m2) Performing Arts Center unveiled April 2011.
When construction began in January 2009 construction costs were estimated at $10.6 million. To date actual construction costs stands at $12,452,913. Despite the official opening, the Performing Arts Center isn't quite finished. While the theater can and will be used, the center has not yet been certified by the state. What it does have is an outstanding Lighting board used in industry and amazing high school Lighting designers,but the same could not be said of all of the sound high schoolers.
As one of Santa Susana's main focuses is Information Technology, SSHS offers several courses designed to help students pursue higher education or entry level careers in technology industries. Students of the ROP Web Design class develop and maintain the school website, http://santasusana.org.
As one of the highest ranking academic schools in the area, it provides a long list of challenging and rigorous courses of study. It offers many of the Advanced Placement classes sponsored by the College Board (AP English, Calculus AB and BC, Computer Science, Studio Art, World and U.S. History, Spanish, and Government/Economics just to name a few) as well in addition to many Honors courses.
Santa Susana offers a unique nine-period schedule facilitates the School and Academy structure, providing additional opportunities and alternatives, and caters to the specialization of SSHS students. Created to manage the student need to coordinate core academic classes with co-curricular programs and career preparation courses, extended day scheduling is a fundamental support system for student learning at Santa Susana High School. Selected courses are offered during our earliest period of the day (Period 1 from 6:55 am – 7:55 am), while others are offered after "normal school hours" (Periods 8 & 9 from 3:05 pm – 5:05 pm). This flexibility allows students to maximize their opportunities to learn at SSHS as they balance academics with interest-based electives. Two days per week, Santa Susana operates on a "Block Schedule", where each day has half the amount of classes for double the time. For example, Wednesday's class schedule will be 2-4-6 and Thursday will be 3-5-7.
Santa Susana is different from other local schools in that it does not offer a competitive sports program, however, it does offer a vast array of clubs (many of which have won major awards in recent years), including Thespian Society, Leadership, Dance Team, Yearbook Staff, and other clubs concerning topics that range from Mock Trial to Weight Training. Santa Susana also has various community service clubs such as Key Club,Interact Club, and Do Something.
Regional Occupational Program
Santa Susana High School offers a number of classes from the Ventura County ROP program, including:
- Web Design
- Graphic Design
- Video Production
Santa Susana's ROP Web Design course's goal is to prepare students for entry level positions in the Internet Web Design industry. Students learn how to create and code web sites using an increasing array of programming languages and professional tools, all the while practicing good employability skills that would make them ideal candidates for starting a career as a professional web designer.
Students of the ROP Web Design class are responsible for maintaining the school's independent website, http://santasusana.org.
ROP Graphic Design is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the advertising and graphic design industries. Students will develop a variety of two and three-dimensional projects. Students will learn about design and composition, principles of color, the fundamentals of type usage, and desktop publishing skills (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Flash) using a PC computer system. Students will also be required to complete a 40 hour internship in the field of graphic design during the last six weeks of the second semester. Upon successful completion of an ROP course, students will receive a certificate showing proficiency in the field of graphic design.
The Stagecraft Technology class is a member of the Regional Occupational Program administered by the Ventua County Superintendent of Schools and taught by professionals who continue to work in the entertainment industry. Over the course of the school year students gain hands-on experience in all facets of backstage production. Each student is afforded a chance to focus in on his or her area of interest, with an eye toward eventual placement in a professional internship and job.
The Broadcasting class consists of two components, journalism and production (often referred to as "tech.") The production/tech side is a part of the Regional Occupational Program, administered by the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools. Over the course of the school year tech students are required to learn and participate in ALL aspects of studio production. Each student will eventually focus in on his or her area of interest, with an eye toward being placed in an on-going professional internship.
The Goal of ROP Video Production is to prepare students for entry level positions in the Film industry. Students learn how to create and edit films using Final Cut Pro on a numerous amount of Macs set up in a video development room, all the while practicing good employability skills that would make them ideal candidates for starting a career as a professional film maker.
In 2000, Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ held a contest open to all high schools in the broadcast area. The contest required each student body to successfully complete several Blink-182 & KROQ themed challenges in order to win a KROQ Punk Rock Prom with Blink-182. The student body was unsure of itself throughout the competition because its total enrollment was smaller than what most high schools had in their senior class alone. After weeks of battling against more than 100 other high schools, Santa Susana Magnet School prevailed as the winner. In the end, the Punk Rock Prom was held on May 23, 2000 inside the Moorpark Community College gymnasium. The whole student body was allowed to attend. KROQ outfitted the event with beach decor, snacks, Stryker as DJ, and a 2-hour long set by Blink-182.
Battle for Milquarious
Santa Susana High School won the grand prize of $20,000 in the Got Milk? “Battle for Milquarious, White Gold Milkdonkulous Giveaway.” The contest was designed to encourage teens to get creative with their video-making skills for a chance to win thousands of dollars for their public high schools’ art programs.
In 2011, 4 students competed in a worldwide Cyber security competition from the United States Cyber Challenge sponsored by the several US government agencies. Santa Susana as a whole scored 4th Place in California and 14th place nationally. The top student scored 23rd overall, 1st in Ventura County, CA, and 4th in California.
Yearbook consistently ranks #1 in the county, state (six years), and nation (five years). In 2010 the year book was #1 with Special Merit out of all 423 yearbooks from across the nation in a competition in New York (American Scholastic Press Association). Other #1’s in the American Scholastic Press Association National yearbook Competition are as follows: In 2009 the book was #1 with Special Merit out of 72 books from across the country. In 2011 the book was #1 with Special Merit in their category out of 75 books. In 2013 the book was #1 with Special Merit out of 70 schools in their category.
- Santa Susana High School Official Website
- The Troubadour Express: the student-run online newspaper of SSHS
- Official School Profile
- Greatschools.org Profile
- Santa Susana High Key Club
- Simi Panel Votes to Convert a Junior High, http://articles.latimes.com/1995-05-25/local/me-5953_1_junior-high-schools
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- Sofley, Kris. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/mar/18/santa-susana-high-school-unveils-new-auditorium/ "Ventura County Star" March 18, 2011
- Santa Susana High School Club List. http://santasusana.org/content/clubs/
- Ventura County Office of Education - ROP http://rop.santasusana.org
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