Tustin Unified School District Received Almost $175,000 From “Dinosaur Dash” In November, Sponsored By The “Tustin Public Schools Foundation”


An early morning drizzle Sunday didn’t dampen the spirits of 7,767 runners in the 18th annual tustindinosaurdash2008Dinosaur Dash Run for Education XVIII at the Market Place in Tustin.

This year was the largest turnout in the event’s 18-year history with about $175,000 raised said Garrett.



Money raised will provide library books, grants for teachers and fund classroom technology, and middle and high school tutors in the Tustin Unified School District.

This year is the first that the foundation is benefiting a specific program. Donations pledged by runners will all benefit after-school sports, which are threatened by the year’s budget cuts, and classroom technology.

This year was the largest turnout in the event’s 18-year history with about $175,000 raised said Garrett.




Laguna Beach High School Is A Top High School In Laguna Beach 92651

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Laguna Beach High School (Laguna Beach 92651) is a 4-year public high school It is the only high school in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. It was established in 1934 and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and as well as being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006.


625 Park Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Corona Del Mar High School In Newport Beach, CA 92660

2008 API = 858

2,189 Students Enrolled


coronadelmarhighemblem1Corona del Mar High (Newport Beach, CA 92660) belongs to the Newport Mesa Unified School District. It is a combination of a middle school (7th & 8th grades) and a high school (9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grades). The school was established in 1962, and has consistently proven itself a top-ranking school in both California and the nation.


 2101 Eastbluff Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660


Beckman High School (Irvine 92602) Is A Top High School In Tustin Unified School District

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Arnold O. Beckman High School (Irvine, CA 92602) opened in August 2004 with both ninth and tenth grade levels. Beckman became the third comprehensive high school in the Tustin Unified School District.


Beckman, located in the city of Irvine, rests in the heart of Orange County. Beckman services the residential communities of Tustin, Irvine, and Santa Ana.


Beckman’s student population has grown to over 1,950 and will graduate its first senior class in June of 2007. Beckman proudly educates a diverse ethnic and socioeconomic community. This community is an active and supportive one with tremendous involvement in the school’s many support organizations.


Western Association of schools and Colleges (WASC)

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.


The mission of Beckman High School is to produce students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post secondary education by pursuing the most rigorous course of study resulting in achievement inside and outside the classroom.


This philosophy emphasizes connecting students to school through the disciplines of academics, athletics, arts, and activities. Evidence of Beckman’s commitment to this philosophy can be seen in the number of students participating in athletics, the arts, and activities program. Currently over 70% of the students are involved in the school’s extra and co-curricular programs.


Aliso Niguel High School In Aliso Viejo Is A California Distinguished High School

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3197 Students Enrolled



Aliso Niguel High School (Aliso Viejo 92656) is nestled near a creek bed in the city of Aliso Viejo, California, a mere stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. In many ways, however, it resides even closer in philosophical proximity to the state’s legendary Silicon Valley.

The school’s renowned “high tech” environment provides quite a contrast to the California beach culture so immortalized in the American psyche.

One of the youngest high schools ever to be honored as a California Distinguished School,

National Blue Ribbon School

New American High School

AlisoNiguelHighSchoolFrongANHS is without question one of the most technologically advanced schools in the region – a region where the words technology, network and infrastructure are batted about like so many volleyballs on the beach. Commonly called a high school for the 21st century, ANHS has been visited by California Superintendent of Schools Delaine Easton (1996), representatives of former governor Pete Wilson (1994), and business leaders from throughout the community. ANHS has become a model of everything that is “right” about public education.

AlisoNiguelWolverinesOpening its doors in 1993 with a student body of 1400, ANHS became the fourth comprehensive high school in the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), one of the fastest growing district in the state. Teachers with eyes set on the future were immediately attracted to ANHS. They saw themselves as pioneers who would turn the promise of educational excellence into reality. They understood that technology is only a tool until placed in the hands of thoughtful teachers who have the ability to inspire, motivate and challenge students. For example, the TV Production instructor quickly transformed a small, ordinary classroom into a state-of-the-art newsroom complete with industry-standard cameras and editing equipment. Within a year of the school’s opening, students were not only broadcasting live daily news programs to every classroom, they were also producing the CUSD superintendent’s Chalk Talk cable access television show!

Yet, technology represents only a part of ANHS’s total vision of providing individualized programs that transform the larger high school landscape into smaller group settings. The overall educational program revolves around a central theme: There are two lasting bequests we can give our children – one is roots, the other is wings. Interweaving a strong academic core (the roots) with incentives for personal aspiration (the wings), the ANHS campus houses teams of teachers and students working together in a culture that is collaborative, dynamic and supportive, while thriving on shared discovery. Even though the school’s population has almost doubled since opening, ANHS still feels like a hometown school – a place to belong, a place to garner strength for the journey ahead. Like the nearby Pacific Ocean, ANHS and the communities it serves are dynamic bodies, constantly changing to nurture their inhabitants.

The ANHS culture continues to reshape itself, responding to input collected from town hall gatherings, small group meetings and community feedback forums. In response to these dialogues, ANHS is focusing on three critical areas: teaching practices (technology integration, project oriented/hands-on activities), assessment methods (curriculum mapping, comprehensive rubrics, standardized testing strategies) and logistical structures (block schedule, tutorial period, cross-curricular teaming). On any given day, a typical Wolverine student might begin the morning conducting on-line research in the Media Center, spend mid-day attending tutorial for extra help with math, and finish the afternoon integrating historical facts with related literature in a cross-curricular Humanitas (English and social science) program.

A commitment to excellence is the cornerstone of all ANHS programs. Spurred by the academic talents and ambitions of their fellow students, over half the ANHS seniors regularly take the SAT, last year scoring well over state and national averages with a combined score of 1107. ANHS teachers have added steadily to the number of AP courses available, now offering a total of seventeen. Additionally, AP course enrollment has steadily increased, while the combined pass rate has remained at an impressive 78%. The newly mandated California Stanford 9 test is given annually to over 95% of ANHS students in grades 9-11 (providing normreferenced data in reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies), while demonstrating that Wolverine students consistently score higher than their district and state counterparts.

However, such impressive test scores and quantitative data tell only half the story. Through an academic and co-curricular culture that seeks to incorporate every student, the real proof of success lies in the nearly unanimous perception that “there is something for everyone” at ANHS. This core value was best exemplified last year when the Associated Student Body was presented the “Model of Unity Award” by local community organizations. At ANHS, a special-needs student, an AP scholar and a “typical student in the middle” can all be seen walking shoulder-to-shoulder with heads held high in a spirit of full inclusion.





28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-3385 (949) 831-5590

Foothill High School (Santa Ana, CA 92705) Is A Top-Ranked High School In Tustin Unified School District

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2,069 students

foothillhsadminOpened in September 1963 on 37 acres , it is the second oldest high school in the Tustin Unified School District. Its name is derived from its literal position at the base of Cowan Heights and Lemon Heights in North Tustin. The school’s colors are black and gold. The school’s mascot is the Knight. The school is well known for its athletics and acclaimed teams. Many Foothill graduates have gone on to be professional athletes and some of their sports teams are currently rated #1 in the state.


It is the only school in the Tustin Unified School District to offer the International Baccalaureate program. It is a multiple recipient of the California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School awards.




foothill-hs-science2Foothill is currently building a Science Center with anticipated completion date of November 2009.  The two-story building  will include biology, chemistry and physics labs, and earth science and physical science classrooms.
The project cost is $18.5 million, which is being funded through the Measure G campus modernization program.

To complement the school’s outstanding science program, there are 16 AP courses available to students:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science AB
  • AP Economics: Micro
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP French
  • AP Government and Politics: United States
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP United States History


19251 Dodge Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 730-7464 – Fax: (714) 573-9376

State Of California Budget Crisis Is Shrinking Payments To California Schools By Estimated $3 Billion Creating Serious Shortfalls For School Districts

As state legislators and the governor battle each other over how to create a budget for a struggling California, School District officials are left to struggle, too, facing a second year of deep, midyear budget cuts.

“The cuts to schools and state services proposed in the governor’s budget only serve to make an awful situation worse,” he said. “His call to defer nearly $3 billion in payments due to schools early this year would create a cash-flow crisis for our schools. I am also adamantly opposed to his proposal to reduce the school year by five days



The Redondo Beach Unified School District, which last year lost nearly $2 million in revenue from the state, this year is looking at approximately $2.4 million in cuts.

According to Chief Business Official Janet Redella, this is an almost word-for-word repeat of what happened this time last year: Apportionment checks are late, categorical funds are in jeopardy and, worse still said Redella, is that these are still 2008’s issues.

“This has been a problem since the governor’s proposal last January,” she said. “The fact that we’re in 2009 and (we’re) still talking about 2008 is alarming.”

The budget at issue – the 2008-09 budget – covers the fiscal year ending in June. Redella explained that the 2009-10 budget hasn’t even been addressed yet, and the inability of the legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to agree on a budget impacts the School District daily, she said.

“I’m estimating $2.4 million in midyear reductions. What reductions can I make halfway through the year?” she asked. “If the Legislature continues to not come to a conclusion on this, we’ll still not have concrete information to make our decision on. The indecisiveness is backing us into a corner. The longer it takes, the fewer options we have available to us.”

This week, in an attempt to remedy California’s nearly $40 billion deficit, Schwarzenegger proposed tweaking Proposition 98’s guaranteed minimum funding to schools, which could create a $7 billion loss in future funding to the state’s public schools. This is in addition to earlier cost-saving suggestions such as shortening the school year by up to five days to save approximately $1 billion.

State Superintendent Jack O’Connell released a statement Jan. 9 that called the proposed $6 billion in statewide education cuts “crippling.”