A former English learner in elementary school, Santa Fe High School senior Sarahi Garza has risen to the top of her class with the encouragement of her parents and ongoing support from her Chieftain family. Garza has earned 4.43 GPA by juggling a rigorous academic schedule that includes several honors and Advanced Placement classes and community volunteer projects. In recognition of her achievements and impressive successes, Garza was recently honored with the Award of Merit from the Whittier Union Board of Trustees.
Following the extensive modernization of campus classrooms and facilities, the Whittier Union High School District is focusing its efforts on completing the final items on its bond list. The District has issued the final $18.9 million in Measure W bonds and has successfully refinanced a portion of the $98 million in bonds issued through 1998’s Measure C, saving taxpayers $12.2 million.
It was five years ago that Whittier High School implemented its Academic Mentor Program – a strategic intervention tool that provides in-class academic support to at-risk students with the help, guidance and mentorship of peers. Since its inception, the program’s success rates have been significant, showcased by vastly improving student test scores and rising GPAs. For its innovation, Whittier High is being honored with a Golden Bell Award.
Frontier High School – named a State Model Continuation School earlier this year for its outstanding efforts to improve achievement and success rates among students – celebrated the accomplishments of its top students at its Quarterly Awards Night.
About 130 La Serna High School students on Oct. 22 participated in the school’s annual TRUE (Tolerance, Respect, Unity, Equality) conference, a program that exposes students to a variety of teen-appropriate topics, including the consequences of using social media, and aims to encourage the teens to make a positive impact on campus.