La Colina Junior High School was constructed on a 29-acre site and opened in September 1959. Originally operated as a three-year school, La Colina became a two-year junior high in 1981. La Colina is set back from Foothill Road, near the San Marcos Pass highway, with views of the mountains and the ocean.
Annually, La Colina Junior High is one of the highest achieving middle schools in the state. It has consistently exceeded the state’s demarcation of excellence, (i.e., Academic Performance Index or API) with a score of well over 800. The API this year is 879 which is an increase of 25 points from last year. At the federal level, La Colina has again regularly met the Adequate Yearly Progress targets. This year, La Colina met 20/21 of the targets. However, all groups did improve.
The vision of the school is to provide a rigorous standards-based instructional program that is based on a culture of equity and access including the 3R’s (relevance, rigor and relationships), and promotes excellence for all.
The mission of the school is to help all students to achieve 100% mastery on the Common Core CA State Content Standards.
The primary goals include:
· Student learning and achievement with a focus on Reading Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
· Culture, Climate and Safety
· Communication (e.g., meetings, phone contacts, e-mail, webpage and Tele-Parent recorded phone messages)
The instructional program at La Colina Junior High is designed to encourage hard work, good study habits, and academic achievement. Core classes include: Reading Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Program levels include Honors and College Preparation (see the District website for qualification criteria).
Key to La Colina’s success is the “team” concept. Within each department, there are sub-group teams such as Reading Language Arts – grade 7 or science – grade 8. These teams are referred to as Professional Learning Communities (PLC). The teachers complete all of the organization, planning, assessments, analysis of the assessments and intervention together.
Other instructional program highlights include:
· English Language Learner Program
· Special Education Program
· Foreign Language (Spanish, French and Latin)
· Vocal music (ensembles and chorus)
· Theater and Musical Theater
· Instrumental Music (Advanced Band, Beginning Band, Jazz Band and Drumline)
· Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID; prepares students for college eligibility and success)
· Visual Arts (drawing, painting and design)
· Fundamentals of Success (FOS; supports students with study skills, test-taking skills and completing homework)
All programs are evaluated comprehensively to measure effectiveness.
Through the years, La Colina Junior High has consistently proven to be a highly productive and positive. Foremost, students, parents/guardians and staff are valued and respected.