PYLUSD parents and students attended the annual “High School Showcase” held at El Dorado, Valencia, Yorba Linda, and Esperanza from November 4th to December 1st.
The “High School Showcase” was designed for current eighth-graders and their parents to see firsthand the specialized programs and activities making each of four comprehensive high schools unique, as PYLUSD says.
In an interview with the Matador Messenger, Gina Aguilar, the director of high school education, says that the showcases were “heavily attended and there was a great energy.”
Although most eighth-graders simply choose to attend the high school in the area in which they live, they can transfer through the “school choice transfer application form” offered through PYLUSD student services. According to the PYLUSD website, “The Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) School Choice Transfer Application period for the 2021-2022 year begins Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, and ends Friday, February 12, 2021.” Applicants will be informed about the status of their applications by March 13th.
Mrs. Aguilar states, “Each of the high schools did an outstanding job highlighting their programs and their school culture.” Each high school offers a Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway.
El Dorado offers an E.D. LAW Academy (https://scavalluzzi.wixsite.com/edlaw), as well as a Digital Media Arts Academy (www.edhsdigitalarts.com/).
Esperanza High School provides Aztec Engineering and Manufacturing, a Medical Sciences Academy (MSA), ABC Teacher Pathway, Video Production Pathway, Culinary Pathway, Graphic Design Pathway, Esperanza Early College, and a Computer Science Pathway.
In a video, Justin Koo, a junior at Esperanza High School stated that “the reason why I chose Esperanza was because of the ‘Medical Sciences Academy’.” He added that it’s “an amazing program…” where they get “hands-on work with everything.”
In the same video, a junior, Audrey Almeida claimed that you can be involved “…on campus from sports to the arts, to the variety of clubs”.
Valencia High School is well known for its Cambridge, International Baccalaureate (IB), and Val Tech Program. These programs let students take advanced classes, making it easier to apply and be accepted into top universities. Valencia also offers ROP programs of the following: Building Tech Industry Technology Academy, Principles of Teaching and Learning, Teaching Students with Special Needs, Child Development, Introduction to Culinary Arts, and Advanced Culinary Arts.
Yorba Linda offers Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Business Management.
“Each school did an outstanding job highlighting the unique opportunities provided by their Career Link Academies. They showed students and parents the hands-on, real-world experiences students in their programs get to experience. Our academies have state-of-the-art facilities and instructors that allow students to pursue their passion at an early age and be college and career ready,” says Gina Aguilar.
At each of the high schools, cheerleaders and dance teams performed at the beginning of the event. The performing arts groups such as band and orchestra were playing when visitors and parents started entering each campus. Students from different classes were featured to talk about the significance of their class and why people should join.
Mrs. Aguilar says that “parents and students shared an appreciation for being able to attend these events in person and see first-hand the benefits of each program and campus.”