Deer Valley High School (California)

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Deer Valley High School
Deer Valley High School logo.jpg
Address
4700 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, California 94531
United States
Coordinates 37°57′49″N 121°46′31″W / 37.96364°N 121.77514°W / 37.96364; -121.77514Coordinates: 37°57′49″N 121°46′31″W / 37.96364°N 121.77514°W / 37.96364; -121.77514
Information
School type Public
Established 1996
School district Antioch Unified School District
Principal Kenneth Gardner
Grades 912
Enrollment 2,721
Color(s) Teal, black, and silver
              
Nickname Wolverines, Dub Village
Yearbook The Wolverine
Website

Deer Valley High School in Antioch, California, is a public secondary school serving southeast Antioch in Contra Costa County, California. It opened in 1996.

In 2007, the Antioch Unified School District named Scott Bergerhouse and Clarence Isadore co-principals. The co-principal model has previously been implemented in some larger schools in southern California.

In February 2010, Deer Valley and the rest of the AUSD schools were informed that they would issue a uniform policy in the second semester of the 2010-2011 school year. This policy proved to be a failure for the school, partly due to the policy taking effect halfway through the year. The policy was discontinued by its second month.

School Site Council[edit]

The Deer Valley School Site Council is a group of parents, teachers, students and other school employees elected by their peers to meet with the school co-principals in order to:

  • Develop a comprehensive school site plan
  • Plan, monitor, and review its effectiveness
  • Develop a budget aligned to categorical program funds
  • Review and revise the plan and budget annually
  • Recommend Single Plan for Student Achievement to the School Board
  • Recommend the plan for targeting use of other categorical or supplemental funds to the School Board
  • Ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices

Academics[edit]

The school is divided into four "houses", each of which has its own vice-principal and secretary. At the freshman and sophomore levels Deer Valley uses a teaming concept, where groups of students share the same English, math, science, and history teacher. In addition to core classes, a wide variety of elective classes are offered to students. In addition to instrumental and choral music, foreign language, drama, automotive, culinary, and art classes, students may also enroll in electives including video production, digital art, web design, animation, law, manufacturing, photography, and careers with children.

Deer Valley also houses academies: Antioch Unified School District has four Linked Learning academies in place throughout the district. There are four academies on the campus of Deer Valley High School, a Law Academy, a Performing Arts Academy, a Business Academy, and an ACE Academy.[1]

The process for attending an academy begins in the second half of the eighth grade, when students and their parents have opportunities to attend presentations by each of the Learning Link academies. Students can apply for one or more by completing an application. The selection is by lottery; it is open to all district students without pre-testing; however, there is a 3.0 GPA requirement.[2]

Located in House 2 of DVHS, the Law Academy curriculum includes three elements: law-related content embedded in required courses in English, social studies, math and science, law-specific elective courses such as Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice, and work-based learning throughout the four years of study.

Students enrolled in the Deer Valley Law Academy must take a fundamental criminal justice class in 9th grade, with the curriculum continuing on to the next year, and psychology in 11th grade. Deer Valley is also one of the few high schools in California with the option to take Philosophy; the Law students are placed as top priority in the enrollment process.[3]

DVHS Planetarium[edit]

Deer Valley High School is one of the few high schools in the Bay Area to have a planetarium. The planetarium has been in operation since 2004 and hosts biweekly[clarification needed] shows for the community. It is open to the public. The current shows start at 8 pm and has star observing at 9 pm on alternating Thursdays when school is in session.

Departments[edit]

Incidents[edit]

Deer Valley High has had its share of incidents over the years.

2009 shooting[edit]

On September 16, 2009, at about 8:29 am, a 16-year-old student of Deer Valley High School was shot in the arm and chest near the school.[4] The shots were fired from a vehicle, which then drove off. The victim was lifted by air to John Muir Medical Center and underwent surgery.[4] The school, along with all other schools in the district, then went into lockdown later that morning.[4] 19-year-old Yousuf Mohammad Aziz and another person were arrested in connection with the shooting.[5][6] In 2011, Aziz was convicted of charges of premeditated attempted murder, assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and two counts of street terrorism, and was sentenced to 7 years to life in prison.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald Gill For the Contra Costa Times (5 October 2011). "Dr. Donald Gill: Broad-based coalitions are needed for California to reclaim leadership in education". ContraCostaTimes.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Marta Yamamoto East County Times (23 February 2011). "New Antioch academy places students on career path to engineering". mercurynews.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Deer Valley High School Law Academy Committee : Special Events & Community Service Opportunities : Build Your Practice : Contra Costa County Bar Association". cccba.org. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Vega, Cecilia (17 September 2009). "Antioch teen shot while walking to school". abc7news.com. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  5. ^ King, Simon (17 September 2009). "Police Arrest 2 in Antioch Deer Valley High School Gang Related Shooting". Brentwood Grove. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Sakamoto, Kimberlee (17 September 2009). "Police Arrest Two in Connection With Shooting at Deer Valley High School". KRON 4. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Fraley, Malaika (5 January 2011). "Antioch gang member sentenced to life in prison for Deer Valley High shooting". KRON 4. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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