As another successful school year comes to a close, the District has so much to be proud of. The 2014-2015 school year has been full of milestones and accomplishments thanks to the hard work of our dedicated faculty, staff, and administration. Once again the District can boast one of the highest graduation rates in the State at 95.5%. The percentage of our students who are CSU and UC eligible rose from last year to 53.1% as did our students’ Advance Placement Exam pass rate, which is now 68%. Also this year, three of our schools – Jefferson Middle School, Richardson Middle School, and West High School – received the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. This recognition honors schools who demonstrate rigorous academic standards and student success as a result of collaborative and dynamic teaching strategies.
We continue to strength our goal of ensuring TUSD students are college and career ready upon graduation. The new College and Career Program Specialist at each site as well as a fully functioning College and Career Centers, broadened counseling and college preparation resources for our students. By having a dedicated person at each site, schools were able to maximize counseling services in three specific areas – academic counseling, college and career counseling, and personal/social counseling. Additionally, all Freshman met with the Program Specialist at their school and created four-year plans as a way to map out their goals for high school. Access to college resources, especially scholarship and financial aid information, was improved by offering more college workshops and visits by college representatives. The addition of the College and Career Program Specialists has helped enhance the college going culture at our high schools and will continue to encourage students to think about their educational futures.
This year, once again, the Torrance community took the initiative to invest in the education of Torrance students by passing Bond Measures T and U with over 60% voter approval. The bond funds will allow the District to strengthen security at all our campuses, will bring our severely outdated technology into the 21st
Century, and will provide our schools with such resources as science labs, new middle school gyms, will replace old lockers at the secondary schools, and some sites will get new auditoriums. The bond measures will also allow the District to build a brand new aquatic center. For a more comprehensive and specific list of projects to be completed with Measure T and U funds, please visit the District website at www.tusd.org
As this school year wraps up, I look forward to a busy summer of planning for the upcoming school year. I hope everyone enjoys their summer and see you in September.