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Contact Information (School Year 2019—20)
Last updated: 1/2/2020
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2019—20)
Paloma Creek High School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is recognized as a Model Continuation High School by the California Department of Education. Paloma Creek High School serves students within the Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD). Paloma Creek is located in a rural area in northern San Luis Obispo County. Paloma Creek High School is the continuation high school providing dropout prevention for Atascadero Unified School District. Our campus runs a five period, four hour school day. This four hour school day is five hours per week more than is financially provided for by the state of California. Students voluntarily enroll with Paloma Creek for a variety of reasons; however, the most common factors are credit deficiency, work and family obligations, and a general lack of social connection to the traditional Atascadero High School environment. Students are eligible to attend Paloma Creek once they have reached the age of 16, and have completed at least one semester of their sophomore year. We offer an alternative learning setting that features a low student to teacher ratio, engaging student directed learning, learning center support, therapeutic counseling, and a positive behavior environment that encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and attitude. Paloma Creek is designed to offer a viable alternative to the traditional high school setting. Students respond well to the personalized setting and individualized approach. We provide a safe, caring environment which assists students in improving personal, social, and academic skills so that they may assume a positive role opportunities are adapted to the students' unique needs and abilities under the guidance of a professional and supportive staff.
In order to be enrolled and maintain eligibility in Paloma Creek, students must attend school regularly, focus on academics during the school day, and maintain a positive and respectful attitude towards themselves, others, and the school property.
Our primary focus is to rebuild our students as learners, allowing them to not only earn a high school diploma, but also to prepare for college and career. We begin by offering our students a fresh start, and support them with a highly structured and predictable school schedule, and a transparent system of earning credits. We strive to create a supportive community that eliminates stress and distractions, and allows students to create positive self-perceptions as learners. Through the combined efforts of district funding and Lighthouse funding, students have access to a licensed therapist five days per week. Students seek out counseling in the areas of peer relationships, anxiety, depression, grief, and addiction issues. We believe that by supporting the social and emotional needs of our students, they are better able to focus on the academics necessary to complete high school and move into adulthood. This year we aim to increase the sense of community on campus through weekly team building exercises, regular student celebrations, and open houses throughout the year.
At Paloma Creek High School, students, staff, and community collaborate to build a caring environment based on meaningful relationships that are committed to student excellence, through graduation and beyond.
Students will be college, career, and citizenship ready though
meaningful academic engagement
smiling, laughing, and developing a sense of community belonging
learning and achievement that is displayed in many forms
teamwork with students, staff, and community
the creation of a school culture where students take ownership of their graduation path
We will celebrate our relentless commitment to a community that embraces teamwork and talent to promote excellence in learning, builds and maintains relationships through integrity and respect, and empowers every student and staff member to achieve their full potential.
Increase the number of students who are proficient or advanced in mathematics and language arts.
Paloma Creek will increase the numbers of students enrolled in post-secondary education after graduation, or who are successfully employed.
Paloma Creek will help increase increase the overall graduation rate of AUSD through improved programs and services to students; Paloma Creek’s chronic absence rate will decrease annually by 1%.
Last updated: 1/28/2020
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2018—19)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/2/2020
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2018—19)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||%|
|Hispanic or Latino||36.10 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||1.40 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||59.70 %|
|English Learners||8.30 %|
|Students with Disabilities||13.90 %|