TUSD can proudly boast a 95.8% graduation rate, one of the highest in the State of California. Our students are constantly being recognized for their academic and extra-curricular activities. Whether our students are being accepted to the college of their choice, or receiving honors in debate, choir, robotics, athletics, or dance competitions, they are able to achieve their dreams because of the talented team of teachers, classified employees, and administrators that work tirelessly to ensure they succeed. I have always said that our goal is to maximize student achievement. We are able to accomplish this goal because our community of educators emphasizes growth for each individual student, making certain their educational needs are met. In May we celebrate the week of the teacher, the nurse, and the classified employee, please remember to thank them for their service.
This school year has been an especially demanding one because of all the changes to the State funding formula and the transition to the Common Core Standards. Throughout this year, our staff has met each challenge with professionalism, enthusiasm, and dedication. I am proud of the strides we have made this year which is reflected in the continued academic growth of our students. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our teachers, classified employees, and administrators for their invaluable contributions to the success of our District.
Equally important to our accomplishments are the hundreds of parents that volunteer countless hours at our schools, supporting classrooms with their time and resources. Our active parents have helped us build our parent partnerships collaboratively, for the benefit of all our TUSD students. One such program that Torrance parents have help build is the very successful Adventures in Art Program. AIA will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary next year with a very special exhibit at the Torrance Museum. Student artwork is currently on display at various schools and I encourage parents to stop by and view the extraordinary art work created by our students. Together, our schools, our families, and our community should be proud of the exemplary work they do each and every day.
As this school year wraps up, I would like to express my appreciation to all our community partners for their unmatched support of our District. 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.