Verdugo Hills HS
Principal, Verdugo Hills High School LAUSD 2011-2016
Verdugo Hills High School is an early-start calendar on a Copernican Block schedule encompassing 9th-12th Grade The school is divided into 4 small learning communities including a Magnet Center (Digital Media). Student enrollment as of September 16, 2011 was approximately 1806 students comprised of the following ethnicities: African-American (3%), American Indian (1%), Asian (5%), Filipino (4%), Latino (56%), Pacific Islander (0%), White-not Latino (31%), English Learners (11%), Reclassified ELs (33%), Students with Disabilities (11%), Economically Disadvantaged (66%), and Identified Gifted (17%).Percent of students on free or reduced price lunch is 66%.
Improved Communicationswith School Community: Improved communicationthroughbetter use of schoolwebsite,establishingFacebookand Twitter accounts, weeklyMondayMemo tostaff, Coffee with the Principal, weeklyphone callto the community,andhigh visibilityatstudent eventsand in classrooms.
Improved Instructional Support: Implemented InstructionalCabinet to discuss instructionalprograms and schoolplans. Implemented Test Prep program and increased interventions.
Increased enrollment: Increased enrollment through community outreach including advertisements, open house, and new programs including new vocal music program, new sports programs, Visual and Performing Arts Academy Magnet opened in 2013-14.
Increased Academic Success: Improved student academic skills resulting in increased test scores on CST and CAHSEE and API each year (API: 710 to 748 and 4/3 to 5/5). Under CORE Waiver to NCLB, Verdugo Hills exited Program Improvement/is not a focus or priority school.