From Principal David Ortiz:
La Colina Junior High School opened in September 1959 and is located on a beautiful campus set back from Foothill Road near the San Marcos Pass highway, with views of the mountains. The staff includes over 50 regular education teachers, three special education teachers, two counselors, one school psychologist, one health assistant, one librarian, one library assistant, two full-time administrators and one part-time administrator. Support staff includes four office personnel, five grounds and building maintenance staff, four food service workers and eight special education teaching assistants.
The school became a two-year junior high in 1981, dropping enrollment from 1,100 to 650. Grades seven and eight are now on campus with an enrollment of approximately 850 students. The campus is shared with the Open Alternative School. Campus meetings are held quarterly to maintain an effective and efficient campus.
It is the vision of the La Colina Junior High School community that everyone associated with the school including students, parents/guardians, and staff dedicate themselves to the goal that all students will achieve proficiency or higher with respect to the California Common Core Content Standards. Also, that this achievement will occur in a culture that promotes equity, access, relevance, rigor, and positive relationships. All human and material resources of La Colina Junior High School will be dedicated to these purposes.
The History of La Colina Junior High School
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.
Community & Business School Partners
- Assistance League: Sponsors student recognition and luncheons quarterly
- Axxess: Sponsors a PTSA fund-raising activity for school supplies and equipment annually
- Goleta Coffee Company: Supports the school during hospitality activities throughout the year and supports school spirit with discounted prices for the La Colina school community
- Prime Time Band: Provides donations and clinical support, and sponsors fund-raising activities for the Performing Arts music program
- Life Touch Photography: Sponsors an Associated Student Body (ASB) Student Council fund-raising activity and supports student recognition with photography work
- Santa Barbara Bank and Trust: Provides guest speakers, makes donations and supports student recognition throughout the year
- Showstoppers: Sponsors a Performing Arts fund-raising activity and provides consultant and technical support throughout the school year
- Special Technologies Laboratories: Provides a donation and sponsors a Science fund-raising activity which support the Science Club and Science Fair
- Village Properties: Sponsors classroom and department fund-raising activities
- Alpha Resource Center: Provides training for disability awareness, (e.g., Disability Awareness Day)• Bamboo Pipeline: Provides landscaping
- Aqua-Flo Supply: Provides irrigation equipment
The following groups support La Colina throughout the year:
- Assistance League Santa Barbara
- Axxess Santa Barbara
- Bamboo Pipeline Nursery
- Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital
- Goleta Coffee Company
- LifeTouch Photography
- New Beginnings
- Prime Time Band
- Safe Routes to Schools–Walk & Roll
- Sally Ride Science Academy
- Santa Barbara Police Activities League–PAL
- Santa Barbara Showstoppers
- Special Technologies Laboratories– Bechtel Nevada
- Union Bank
- Wild for Animals
- Village Properties Teacher’s Fund