Santee Education Complex

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Santee Education Complex
1921 South Maple Avenue
Los Angeles CA.

United States
Coordinates 34°01′45″N 118°15′48″W / 34.02926°N 118.26327°W / 34.02926; -118.26327Coordinates: 34°01′45″N 118°15′48″W / 34.02926°N 118.26327°W / 34.02926; -118.26327
Type Public
Founded 2005
School board Los Angeles Unified School District
School district Los Angeles Unified School District 5
CEEB code 053974
Principal Susana Ansley-Gutierrez
Grades 9-12
Age range 13-18
Enrollment 1,816 (2014-15)[1]
Average class size 35 students
Language English And Spanish
School colour(s) Black And Gold
Team name Falcons
Rival West Adams

Santee Education Complex is a secondary school located at 1921 South Maple Avenue in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Santee, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, and is located in the South Los Angeles area. The campus opened on July 5, 2005 with a three-track, year-round calendar to provide immediate relief for overcrowding at nearby Jefferson High School. It was the first new four-year high school to open in LAUSD in over 35 years. Funding came from a school construction bond issue passed by Los Angeles voters in 2000. Santee was initially under the auspices of Local District 5. Beginning with the 2008/2009 school year, Santee teachers and administrators voted to join the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools [1][permanent dead link], a newly formed organization dedicated to bringing the best instructional and operational practices into the classrooms of inner-city schools.

Since its opening, Santee has enjoyed steady improvement in its API, CAHSEE scores and graduation rates. Santee's academic progress was also confirmed by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) when it awarded the school a three-year accreditation beginning with the 2010/2011 school year. The administration and staff remain focused on providing students with a high-quality education in the core subjects combined with elective classes that prepare students for collegiate and career success.

In addition to academic success, Santee has developed a highly successful athletic program that includes league championships in both basketball and track. During the 2009/2010 season, the boys basketball team was undefeated in Southern League play: 13-0. The track team has consistently dominated meets for the last three years. In the 2011 Los Angeles City Track Finals, Santee Falcons placed first in the boys 1600m and 3200m races. Falcon girls placed first and second in the 3200m race.

On June 24, 2011, Santee held its sixth graduation ceremony, featuring a commencement address by Mayor Antonio Villagairosa. It was the third commencement address delivered by Mayor Villaraigosa since the school came under the supervision of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.

The Class of 2011 has more students getting more money for college than any previous Santee graduating class. Santee students were awarded approximately $275,000 in scholarship money this year. Members of the Santee Falcon Class of 2011 are heading to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, UC Merced, Mount St. Mary's, Cal Poly Pomona, Long Beach State, Humboldt State, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Cal State Los Angeles. Many of them will be attending those campuses because this year more Falcons are getting more money for college than any previous Santee graduating class. In addition to $275,000 in scholarship money awarded to graduating Falcons, over 400 Cal Grant applications were completed this year, which beats the school's previous record of 300.

Santee is composed of three SLCs "small learning communities:

  • The Humanitas Academy which offers elective classes in Digital Media, Fashion Design, and music.
  • The School of Business which offers elective classes in Culinary Arts and business.
  • The School of Public Service & Social Justice which offers elective classes covering global issues.

For the 2010/2011 school year, Santee converted from a year-round, three track schedule to a traditional calendar. Classes now begin in September and end in June. The school day begins at 8:00AM and ends at 2:55PM and is divided into six periods plus an advisory period.


When the school opened, it relieved Manual Arts High School and Jefferson High School [2]. Neighborhoods served by Santee are also in proximity to Belmont High School and John C. Fremont High School [3].

The school will be relieved by Central Region High School 16 when that school opens in 2011.[2]

Academic Performance Index (API)[edit]

API for High Schools in the LAUSD District 5 and local small public charter high schools in the East Los Angeles region.

School 2007 [3] 2008 [4] 2009 [5] 2010 [6] 2011 [7] 2012 2013 [8]
Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School 807 818 815 820 832 842 847
Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School 718 792 788 788 809 785 775
Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School 662 726 709 710 744 744 738
James A. Garfield High School 553 597 593 632 705 710 714
Abraham Lincoln High School 594 609 588 616 643 761 738
Woodrow Wilson High School 582 585 600 615 636
Theodore Roosevelt High School 557 551 576 608 793 788
Thomas Jefferson High School 457 516 514 546 546
Santee Education Complex 502 521 552 565 612 636

Santee Theatre[edit]

The Santee Theatre is a 915-seat indoor theater used for cinemas, musical events, assemblies, and other performing arts events. It has two levels, the floor level and loge level.


  1. ^ "Santee Education Complex". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Project Details
  3. ^ 2006-07 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 25, 2009
  4. ^ 2007-08 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 25, 2009
  5. ^ 2008-09 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
  6. ^ 2009-10 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
  7. ^ 2010-11 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
  8. ^ 2012-13 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR)[permanent dead link] Retrieved on February 27, 2017

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