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2019–2020 School Accountability Report Card
About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2020–2021)
Last updated: 1/4/2021
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2020–2021)
La Sierra High School (LSHS) is the alternative school in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. The school was established in 1980. It serves the needs of high school age and Adult Transition Program students. In 2017, LSHS went through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) review process and was granted a full six-year term of accreditation which was validated in a one-day mid-cycle review in February 2020. The school is the recipient of two California School Board Golden Bell Awards - one granted to the Adult Transition Program in 2017 and the other granted to the Opportunity Program in 2020. Furthermore, the Adult Transition Program was honored with the Grazer Outstanding Achievement Award (GOAL) from the California Advisory Commission on Special Education in 2018. It serves students through six different programs:
1. Opportunity classes are designed for tenth-grade students who are behind in units. Students attend school in a small-class setting with a cohort of other Opportunity students at the main LSHS campus. The program is designed to help students get back on track by providing intervention classes in math and reading to fill in any educational gaps which may be causing them to fall behind in units. In addition, the program provides smaller class sizes, and more counselor support than offered at the comprehensive high school. Finally, each student in the program attends a daily study skills course called Academy designed to strengthen organizational, communicative, and emotional skills. The Academy class is also designed to target poor attendance and not adjusting well to academic and/or behavioral expectations of the comprehensive high school. Restorative Circles are practiced weekly in Academy. There is also time allotted during Academy for students to work on assignments and receive tutoring. Students can receive additional tutoring by attending the lunchtime tutoring program offered daily in the La Sierra library.
2. The iSierra Online Academy is a voluntary alternative learning experience with an instructional value equivalent to a regular classroom program. Independent Study utilizes APEX on-line curriculum which allows students to learn and interact with their instructor in a virtual setting. Students meet face-to-face with their instructor at least once a week for an individual appointment to review progress, answer questions and take assessments.
3. Home Hospital is a program for students who are medically identified as not being able to attend regular school. Teachers are sent to the home or hospital setting to provide instruction. The goal is for Home/Hospital students to stay on pace to graduate or to
meet the goals of their individual education plan.
4. The Adult Transition Program serves 18 through 22-year-old students on individual education plans. Students learn valuable vocational, mobility, community, social, and independent living skills in a community-based instruction model. The goal is to enable Adult Transition Students to function productively in the community to the best of their abilities.
5. The Kate Waller Barrett Academy serves students in residential placement at the Crittenton Foster Care Assisted Living Community. Instruction is centered around reading and math intervention curriculum, APEX on-line curriculum for individualized credit production, Physical Education (PE), and English Language Development (ELD) curriculum for students with developing English language skills.
6. The ABC (Academic, Behavior, and Counseling) Program serves students on extended suspension and suspended expulsion as well as students who would have previously been referred to county school for truancy or other behavior issues. Students work independently on APEX online curriculum and receive direct instruction in Health and PE.
LSHS offers all the required courses for graduation in the District and teachers are highly trained and dedicated to the school’s four core values: the 12 Highly Effective Instructional Practices, EL Strategies, Restorative Practices/Trauma-Informed Instruction, and Instructional Technology Applications to support student learning. Through the use of research-based, data-driven instruction, curriculum, and assessment, content area teachers are able to identify areas of academic needs to target instruction to increase student achievement. Social/emotional support is also available to improve student outcomes. The school’s focus on the social/emotional issues and traumatic experiences that are often at the root of maladaptive school behavior and performance makes it innovative and exemplary. All teachers, counselors, administrators, paraprofessionals, and office staff have completed training in Restorative Practices and have been certified in Trauma-Informed Instruction. They are focused on using these strategies (weekly Restorative Circles, calming activities, scripted questions, recognizing escalating behavior, etc.) to build relationships with students and mitigate the negative effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).
LSHS is an integral part of the Fullerton Joint Union High District. The District covers a fifty-square-mile area serving the communities of Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, and La Habra Heights as well as portions of Anaheim, Brea, La Palma, Placentia, and East Whittier. The feeder elementary districts are Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, and Lowell Joint. The Fullerton Joint Union School District operates six comprehensive high schools (Buena Park, Fullerton Union, La Habra, Sonora, Sunny Hills, and Troy), a continuation high school (La Vista), and an alternative high school (La Sierra). The District serves a varied socioeconomic population and is governed by an elected five-member school board.
LSHS works with a wide array of partnerships within the local community. Examples of these partners are: North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (NOCROP), Fullerton Community College, the Fullerton Assistance League, FLOCK (Fullerton’s Love for Orange County Kids Organization), Crittenton Services for Children and Families, Leaders in Resiliency, and the Sunrise Rotary Club. In addition, more than 30 local businesses provide opportunities for the students in the Adult Transition Program to practice their vocational skills.
In 2019/2020 the staff of LSHS consisted of 29 classroom teachers, 1 ROP teacher, 1 counselor, 1 guidance technician, 2 assistant principals, 1 principal, a school secretary, a data technician, 4 senior records clerks, 2 custodians, 1 campus supervisor, 46 instructional aides, and 3 District-employee food service workers. Support staff includes 2 psychologists, 1 speech and language pathologist, a school nurse, 3 LVNs, an Intervention Liaison, a 40% EL/Community Liaison, and 1 computer technician who works from the District. La Sierra also has the support of a Fullerton Police Department school resource officer who is shared with two other high schools.
Last updated: 1/4/2021
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2019–2020)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/4/2021
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2019–2020)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||4.10 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||%|
|Hispanic or Latino||78.80 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.50 %|
|Two or More Races||1.10 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||75.20 %|
|English Learners||25.90 %|
|Students with Disabilities||32.70 %|
|Foster Youth||6.50 %|