Nearly 750 incoming ninth-graders at California High School will preview classes, meet teachers, make new friends and learn more about the Condor campus – their home for the next four years – on Tuesday, Aug. 13 as part of Whittier Union High School District’s Freshman First Day program. This year, Whittier Union will welcome over 2,700 freshmen and over 11,000 overall. The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Whittier High School’s historic Vic Lopez Auditorium transformed into a dazzling Hollywood-inspired concert hall when the Los Angeles Philharmonic staged a one night-only, showstopping performance for over 2,000 students and members of the community on Sept. 27.
Whittier Union has been identified as one of 167 California school districts to excel at supporting the learning of all students, particularly Hispanics, at higher-than-expected levels on the state’s new, more rigorous math and reading assessments in a “Positive Outliers: Districts Beating the Odds” study. Whittier Union ranked at 65 in the study, which was released earlier this year by the Learning Policy Institute out of Stanford University. The Institute is headed by Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the California Board of Education. Whittier Union’s earned reputation for attaining and sustaining substantial academic progress has been over two decades the making.
In preparation for college application season, Whittier Union seniors and their peers busily explored their post-secondary options, asked questions of dozens of college experts and found resources to ensure a smooth transition to college during the District’s annual College Fair on Sept. 18. Held at La Serna High School, the fair provided students and parents a one-stop shop for meeting with more than 70 representatives from community colleges, Cal States, UCs, private/independent colleges and out-of-state universities, including UC Berkeley, Cal State Los Angeles, Rio Hondo College, Southern California Institute of Architecture and Willamette University.