Welcome to Vasquez High School! This is an exciting time for all Mustang families with the arrival of a brand new campus, including a state of the art gymnasium and multipurpose facility opening in the fall of 2016. Classrooms, science labs, culinary, art and music rooms, as well as a dedicated library and administration building highlighted the 2015-16 school year, and our new gym brings not only full court basketball and volleyball facilities, but a cafeteria, drama room, theater platform, weight room, student store, and full service cafeteria. After passing a bond and striving for years to acquire promised state matching funds, your school district and board have finally delivered a state of the art high school facility for our students.
Inside the classroom, our teachers have collaboratively committed to a high standard of academic rigor, the development of ethical community-centered thought, and a cultural environment that propels students to not just succeed but thrive. Professional development for the current year features a strong emphasis on responsive instruction, data-based assessments, technology, and a true K-12 collaborative synergy with our elementary and middle school partners.
Even amid the program challenges inherent to small school settings, Vasquez High offers a comprehensive University of California college preparatory course list with a robust array of advanced placement and honors courses. The College Board awarded Vasquez High Honor Roll status for achievement in participation and performance on AP exams, placing our AP program in the top 8% of California high schools. Our UC-approved virtual online academy serves both full-time and part-time students, permitting even more course customization in every student’s four-year plan. Low teacher-to-student ratios encourage individual attention and deep mastery of subject material.
Award-winning CTE program fields include culinary arts, technology, science, and entertainment, all of which serve as culminating courses in blossoming career pathways. Targeted proactive intervention programs driven by student study teams, individualized education plans, and 504s, as well as peer tutoring and data-driven differentiated instruction collectively weave an additional net to ensure success for all students.
A dynamic associated student body program, heavy community support, and an active parent-teacher-student organization positively contribute to campus culture. A small-town environment, bolstered by expanding club offerings and a strong counseling department, further unify our student body. Creative student outlets include choir, drama, digital photography and design, yearbook, video production, and music theory, and VHS offers 12 California Interscholastic Federation-sanctioned athletic sports as well as dance and cheer. Our athletic teams often participate in CIF playoffs, and in the previous year our girls’ soccer team won the Desert Mountain League Championship, finishing the season undefeated in league play.
We are committed to student success at Vasquez High School, and look forward to an exciting year ahead!