Arroyo Elementary (Santa Ana 92705) Is A California Distinguished School And National Blue Ribbon School


2008 API= 925

Student Enrollment = 583

Arroyo Elementary School (Santa Ana 92705) is a K-5 Elementary school in the Tustin Unified School District. Nicknamed the Mustangs, it was originally built in 1965 with expansion in later years.



For the 1989-1990 school year, Arroyo Elementary School was ArroyoElementaryrecognized as a Blue Ribbon School and was designated as a California Distinguished School for the 2006 school year, awarded by the California State Board of Education to public schools that best represent exemplary and quality educational programs.



ARROYO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 11112 Coronel Rd, Santa Ana CA 92705


Tustin Memorial Academy (Santa Ana 92705) Is A Top Elementary Magnet School In Tustin Unified School District

2008 API = 937

Total Enrollment = 591


Tustin Memorial Academy the only elementary magnet school in the Tustin Unified School District. TMA features: fundamental and GATE.

The fundamental program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade places special emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics throughout the grade levels.

TMA also offers a self-contained GATE (Gifted and Talented) program for students in first through fifth grade. GATE identified students in these grade levels are grouped together with teachers who have been specifically trained to extend and enhance the curriculum by infusing a greater depth and complexity.


014Another important component of our magnet designation is the contract that every family signs at the beginning of each school year. Students and families commit to behaving responsibly and respectfully, completing and turning in homework, following the uniform/dress code and volunteering at the school. This spirit of cooperation helps create a community that is teeming with students who exhibit scholarly attributes, parents who are willing to be involved in their child’s education and a well-trained and knowledgeable staff and faculty.

TMA’s curriculum is based on the district standards and enhanced by a special emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking across the grade levels. We are proud to boast continued outstanding STAR test scores, a recent 2005 API score of 927, up from 916 in the prior year. This is the second highest API score in the district. Yet, even these test scores cannot indicate what makes our school special. It is the people: the families, the students, the staff and faculty that make this a place where families choose to send their children, choose to get involved, and choose to excel.

12712 Browning Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 730-7546



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

2008 API = 833

Student Enrollment = 1,060


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

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

2008 API = 825

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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2008 API = 834

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

Tustin 92782 Is Home To Pioneer Middle School, Honored As 2008 National Blue Ribbon School


2008 API = 936 

“Validated by the U.S. government is a great honor,” said Mike Mattos, the principal at Pioneer, where the API has increased by 70 points over the past four years.


“We have made a commitment that we did not just want to be a good school, we wanted to be a great school for all kids,” he said.  (Orange County Register)



Pioneer Middle School opened in the fall of 1999, the first new middle school in the Tustin Unified School District in over 25 years. The opening of Pioneer greets the new millennium with designs and built-in technologies that make it one of the finest middle school facilities in the nation.

Middle school sets the stage for a student’s future as an adult. It is a critical link to the student’s successful transition to high school and higher education. Pioneer teachers and support staff work in partnership to provide a rigorous and challenging curriculum. To meet the developmental needs of students, we provide a core of standards-based curricula in reading/language arts, mathematics. history/social science, science, and physical education. Both instruction and instructional materials are state-of-the-art grounded in research-based practices.

The curriculum of Pioneer Middle School encourages students to become inquisitive learners, to grasp a wide variety of academic skills, and to become productive young adults. Pioneer students meet high expectations in today’s basic skills of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, social science, and to read, write, and speak clearly, persuasively and appropriate, and also listen actively. Pioneer provides programs for special needs students and for students at-risk of retention. GATE/honors classes, high school level of algebra, geometry, and foreign language classes are offered. Students may also choose an elective curriculum that includes computer technology, video production, drama, art, music, industrial technology, consumer education, publishing, and leadership.

Students, staff, and parents are actively involved in school activities. Parents are partners in the middle school experience and are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities for them to participate. Pioneer Middle School continues the Tustin tradition of a community rich in heritage and committed to excellence. Pioneer is proud of the place it has taken the greater Tustin community.

Pioneer Middle School, a 2003 and 2007 California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School finalist, is an exciting learning community where every student has amazing opportunities for achievement. When Pioneer students enter their campus, they find beautiful state-of-the-art classrooms and a warm welcoming staff. A robust array of activities inside and outside the classroom makes every student feel important and connected to the school.

Set in the beautiful Tustin Ranch, our school has an award-winning design that sets the stage for learning and fun. The central quad is where students gather before, during, and after school. Throughout the day, you can feel the energy and spirit of our 1,325 Pioneer Wildcats in this safe, supervised area. Our classrooms, computer lab and A/V facilities offer learning tools that were unavailable just a few years ago. Other facilities at Pioneer include immaculately maintained sports fields and a track, along with a 17,000 square foot gymnasium – the focal point of our best in class athletic program, which is a finalist for the Governor’s Challenge Fitness Award.

Our staff is distinguished by their subject matter expertise, professionalism and dedication to teaching. As a group, we constantly challenge each other to create a community of learners and to find ways to maximize every student�s academic potential and personal responsibility. Our high test scores reflect the staff’s dedication: the school’s API report shows steady and sustained growth in student achievement. The overall 2006 API score increased by 8 points, going from a base of 915 in 2005 to 923 in 2006. This is among the top 1% of California schools. Our CST and STAR scores reflect similar phenomenal levels of student achievement.

Our school’s top-tier academic performance is not based purely on excellence of academic instruction. We believe having a strong school culture makes the difference between good and great student achievement. That’s why everyone at Pioneer talks about “The Pioneer Way” and why character education is woven into all our activities, inside and outside the classroom. This year, our students’ outstanding community service projects have been recognized through a Milken Family Festival for Youth Award. At Pioneer, caring for each other and our community is part of becoming responsible young adults.

Pioneer is truly a special place to learn and to be a part of a vibrant, exciting community. I am extremely proud to be a part of the success of this wonderful place.

Mike Mattos , Principal



Fullerton, CA 92831 Is Home To "Troy High School", #2 Rated Orange County Public High School


 2008 API = 917 (Out of 1000)


21st Century National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 

California Distinguished High School

New American High School National Showcase Site

28th Best High School in America, Newsweek (May 2008)

#1 AP Computer Science Program in the World, AP Report to the Nation (2005 – 2008)

 Troy High School (Fullerton, CA 92831) is a technology magnet that attracts students from across Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Some have even tried to make the commute from San Diego.

Troy High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. Located next to California State University, Fullerton, Troy offers unique high-level educational opportunities to students from over 100 junior high schools in four Southern California counties: Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside. Troy’s most celebrated program is Troy Tech, a Specialized Secondary Magnet Program in Math, Science and Technology, which was founded in 1986 under California Education Code 58800. This and the pre-university International Baccalaureate Program set the high academic standards of the school and have attracted local, state, and national attention to Troy.

When Troy High School held its recruitment day this year, guidance counselors capped participation at 80 universities. That’s Troy’s reputation for success.

“Students here know they are going to college,” said Maria Williams, Troy’s guidance technician. “Our biggest task is letting students know that there is life outside the Ivy League.”

Troy has won national acclaim, most notably for its Science Olympiad team, which for seven of the last 14 years has captured the national title in an event that tests written and practical knowledge of chemistry, engineering and other sciences.

But Troy also has won acclaim for its dance team – national champions, too. And for its NJROTC military studies program, and for numerous athletic titles.

“We take pride in the Four A’s at Troy – academics, athletics, arts and activities,” said Priscilla Cheney, student adviser at Troy. “It’s all important to our students.”

The origins of Troy’s reputation can be traced back more than two decades, when a study commissioned by President Ronald Reagan presented a gloomy picture of a nation failing to properly train its students for the future.

Troy, located in the heart of a city that calls itself “The Education Community,” responded by applying for a grant and starting The Troy Tech program. The magnet curriculum set out to train students in math, science, engineering and high technology.

Only a handful of kids enrolled when the program began in 1986, and it grew slowly during the first decade. When the school started winning national recognition in the late 90s, interest in the program “spread like a wildfire,” Cheney said.

Today, nearly half of Troy’s 2,550 students come from outside of its attendance boundaries. Students must test to get into the Troy Tech program.

“It’s not cut-throat here,” said senior Saumya Gurbani, 17. “But with some of the smartest kids around you, there’s going to be friendly competition.”

The technology magnet program has attracted young, enthusiastic teachers who want to be part of an exciting new concept in education, Cheney said.

Engineering instructor Kent Goodman came to Troy to teach after 12 years as a professional engineer. He said he’s constantly tweaking his curriculum to ensure students are challenged.