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Audience: High School News Group

Online classes at CUSD provide an alternative for students that may have schedule conflicts, desire to free up a spot in their class schedule to enroll in additional electives, or are in need of remediation to continue to be college bound or for students that may be behind in credits for high school graduation.  The online program provides many options at each of the high schools so students can take advantage of meetings directly on their home campus.  Convenient times are offered so students can attend before school, after school, during lunch or tutorial.  Laboratory classes are also available with lab meetings typically held on multiple Saturdays during the semester.  Summer sessions are also provided.  A wide array of classes and electives are offered from language to math, with over sixty courses available for CUSD students at every campus.   The online program serves over 5,000 students each year.  With the advent of online classes in colleges across the country, CUSD students are able to benefit from the flexibility online classes offer as well as the introduction to a style of learning that is more prevalent as they approach their college years.  Students wishing to take advantage of any of the options noted below should contact his/her academic advisor for details.

 

Following are options that are available:

 

An Academic Intervention class is offered on every high school campus during the regular bell schedule for students that are typically 10 or more credits behind for high school graduation.  These students are able to work during the school day in the online courses to remediate any necessary coursework.  Additionally, students that remediate at least 2 courses per semester also earn elective credit in the Academic Intervention class.  Each high school offers 1-4 sections based on the student need.  Students in this class meet for an entire semester on a daily basis, or as the school bell schedule requires.  

 

AM/PM sessions of the online class are offered to all students who are in need of remediation to get back on track to a four-year college eligible program, are in need of fewer than 10 credits of remediated work or want to take CCP and/or Health for original credit.  Students taking Health and/or CCP may have impacted schedules, sports activities, or want to open a space in the schedule to take an additional elective course.  Students in these courses can typically attend during a zero period session or in an after school session.  Students complete the majority of the work on their own time and come to class on their home campus, to take exams and/or seek assistance from a teacher.  Highly qualified teachers are available in all subject areas to assist students and all work is graded by a teacher in the student’s subject area.  Students in these classes typically spend nine weeks to complete a non A-G class such as CCP or Health, and thirteen weeks to complete an A-G course.  Students typically attend anywhere from 2-4 days per week in the AM/PM Session.

 

Lunch/Tutorial sessions are typically attended by the same students as described in the AM/PM sessions, but these students may not be available before or after school, or the convenience of meeting on a weekly basis during lunch appeals to many busy students.  These students frequently enroll in CCP and or Health.  Students have the same accessibility to highly qualified teachers in these sessions as well but typically are independent learners.  Classes taken in the lunch/tutorial sessions are typically completed in 9 weeks and are generally not A-G courses as the time restraints of lunch and tutorial limit the available time for testing and meeting with teachers.

 

Summer School session is typically a six-week session and is available to all students who may want to remediate an A-G course to continue on in the course sequence or to remain four-year college eligible.  Many students including incoming ninth graders take advantage of enrolling in CCP and or Health to free up space in the schedule, play a sport during the school year or enroll in an additional elective during the school year. Students attend weekly assigned times for tests for the duration of the six-week session.  Summer provides a great deal of flexibility in that students can also take advantage of open seating in order to accommodate family vacations,  sport camps or other summer activities.  Lab sessions also occur during the summer for students in A-G courses requiring science wet labs.  Math and English teachers are available during the summer for tutoring, and for weekly review sessions prior to testing. 

 

Late Graduates are also served during the summer in the online program.  Students that were credit deficient at the time of the June graduation, but would still like to earn a CUSD diploma attend the summer Late Grad session.  Dedicated subject matter teachers work with students to receive tutoring support and or take exams while working in the online classes in order to receive a CUSD diploma. This program typically runs concurrently with the summer session so that students have access to highly qualified teachers as needed.  Students have flexible hours to attend in order to accommodate working students.  The Late Graduate session culminates in a graduation celebration of all students from every high school in one ceremony.   

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/28/17

Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Hello Capistrano Unified School District,

 

It’s time to nominate the Classified Staff that should be recognized for their great work!!

 

The Classified Employee of the Year Celebration will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Capistrano Valley High School Theater.

 

Nominations must be received by the CUSD Communications Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

 

They can be sent to the mailing address listed below, via intra-district mail, or by email to: naengelson@capousd.org with the subject: 2017 Classified Employee of the Year Nomination.

 

Contact Information:

Natalie Engelson

Communications Office

Capistrano Unified School District

33122 Valle Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

949-234-9308 naengelson@capousd.org

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/22/17

Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

California is field testing a new website designed to help communities across the state access important information about K–12 districts and schools – including ours. Called the California School Dashboard, the site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates.

 

The Dashboard is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education as a result of 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. California has raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students. To learn more about California's accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit http://www.caschooldashboard.org .

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 3/15/17

Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

If you missed the breakout sessions at the 2nd Annual School Counselors Showcase 2017, here is a summary of each one.  The presentations are attached in PDF format.

 

Preparing Students to be College & Career Ready K-12

Alexis Goddard & Liz Sholly, School  Counselors  and  Naomi  Tran, College and Career Counselor

We will be providing practical resources and ways to support your child in the pursuit for college and career readiness.

 

Second Step Program K-8

Kelli Brennan, Kathie Huisenfeldt, & Alexandra Todd, School Counselors

The Second Step program is the social emotional learning curriculum which counselors present to all students K-8,  district-wide.  Our presentation will go over the rationale for this program, its benefits, and goals, and what les­ son content is being taught to our students, as well as sample lesson mate­rials.

 

Supporting Students with Stress & Anxiety Management

Omero Corral, Kendall Hayward Kasey Kessler, & Rosalia Koba, School Counselors

Stress and anxiety are common hardships facing today's youth.  Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of stress in children and teens and vari­ous coping mechanisms for these. In addition, learn what the school coun­selors in your district are doing to address these concerns and leave with valuable resources and skills to try out at home.

 

Effective Communication

Dania Liza/de,  Western Youth Services

Learn practical strategies on how to communicate with your child.

 

Supporting Your Students' Academic Success

Al Holdsambeck & Katie Ramirez, School Counselors

Academic achievement is a strong predictor of high school graduation and is critical to long-term success in college, work, and life. Parents play a cru­cial role ensuring that their child's needs are met in school and at home. Our presentation will introduce how the growth mindset can give you the keys to helping your child successfully navigate their school years.

 

Signs of Suicide & Depression

Shannon Halbert, Kathy Pelzer & Darwin Vega, School Counselors
A Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression: Recognizing the Signs of Suicide and Depression in Teens and How You Can Help
 

Current Trends in Social Media Workshop

Tom Bogiatzis, School Counselor
Learn about current trends and applications students are using.
 

Paying for College

Anthony Russomanno, Coordinator College and Career Counseling
Financial aid comes in many forms so learn the different ways college can be affordable plus what college really costs. Hear some general strategies such as how picking the RIGHT schools can get you the most free money.

 

 

More Resources Available Here (Student Support Services Website)

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/13/17

Audience: Elementary School News Group, High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) –  Every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) by February 1 of each year.  The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school.  Our school’s SARC is available for review by clicking on the following link:  

https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/

A printed version is available upon request. 

 

Informes de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARCs) - Cada escuela en California tiene la responsabilidad por ley estatal de publicar un Informe de Responsabilidad Escolar (SARC) para el 1 de febrero de cada año. El SARC contiene información sobre la condición y el rendimiento de cada escuela pública de California. El Informe (SARC) de nuestra escuela está disponible para su revisión por medio del siguiente enlace:
https://sites.google.com/a/capousd.org/sarcs/
Si desea una copia impresa, puede solicitarla a la escuela.

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 2/6/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/30/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached 2016-17 High School Course Catalog.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/25/17

Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Did you know that high school students in the Capistrano Unified School District may enroll in Cal Prep Academy – an online/blended high school?  Cal Prep Academy is an online college prep high school where students have the benefits and flexibility of a virtual curriculum blended with face-to-face instruction with highly qualified Capistrano Unified teachers.  Students have the opportunity to enroll in up to two courses at their resident CUSD high school, while taking their other classes online.  The two classes at the student’s resident high school may include athletic team sports, band, orchestra, and theater. Students may also participate in school activities at their resident high school such as clubs and dances.

 

Please join us for one of our Parent/Student Information meetings for fall 2017 enrollment (please see the attached flyer for dates and times) . We look forward to meeting you!

 

Cal Prep Logo
 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/19/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached schedule for dates and times.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/19/17

Audience: High School News Group

Please refer to the attached document for 2017 Summer High School Options.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 1/19/17

Audience: High School News Group

If you missed the breakout sessions at College Fair 2016, please check out the presentations below.

 

Creating Options in the College Search: Finding the Perfect College and How to Pay for It!!          

Presented by Gary Bednorz, University of New Mexico Recruitment Specialist   

With thousands of options available, deciding where to attend college can be a challenging task. However, this presentation will pave the road to the perfect choice and may even help families figure out how to pay for it!!

 

Harvard, Berkeley, or Bust: Secrets of Highly-Selective College Admission        

Presented by Paul Kanarek, CUSD College & Career Counseling Expert 

Grades, test scores, and impressive activities alone won’t get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants. So how do students who get accepted to the Ivy League, Stanford, MIT and the rest of the nation’s most selective colleges set themselves apart from the rest of the applicant pool? That’s what this session is about.

 

Maximizing Your SAT and ACT Test Score        

Presented by Anthony Russomanno, CUSD College & Career Counseling Expert 

Learn how to mentally prepare and succeed on these crucial exams. Learn about the structure, format and content, what a “good score” really means, and some cool problem-solving tips for getting a better test score.

 

Paying for College without Going Broke: Understanding the new Financial Aid System       

Presented by Paul Kanarek, CUSD College and Career Counseling Expert

Learn how colleges view the financial aid process, the differences between merit and need based aid and, most importantly, what you as parents and students need to understand about the changes to the way the aid system works.

 

College Athletic Recruiting Myths & Truths        

Presented by Anthony Russomanno, CUSD College & Career Counseling Expert 

Playing a sport at the college level is difficult. Not only must you be a skilled athlete, but you also must be a good student. We will give you some guidance to increase your chances for success. Learn about eligibility and scholarship opportunities.   

 

 

The Community College Transfer Process
Presented by Elizabeth Weiss & Roya Aminzadeh, Saddleback College Transfer Specialists 

Learn about the processes, best practices, and strategies for transferring from Saddleback College to a four-year institution.

 

 

 

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 9/28/16

Audience: High School News Group, K-8 Schools News Group and Middle School News Group

Please refer to the attached document for specific dates and times for Secondary Open House events.

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Posted by: CUSD Webmaster, District Admin, Capistrano Unified School District
Published: 8/23/16


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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

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33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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