On behalf of the governing board and staff of Santa Cruz City Schools I would like to welcome you to the 2011-12 school year. We are proud of our work in SCCS, and are pleased to be able to serve our students and their families.
Last year was an excellent year for us. Two of our high schools were recognized as California Distinguished Schools, and the performance of our students continued to improve almost across the board. We maintained our outstanding programs, including fully staffed libraries, reduced class sizes, visual and performing arts programs, Lifelabs and other opportunities that we are fortunate enough to be able to offer to our students.
These programs will be sustained in 2011-12 despite the financial challenges that the current school year brings. Our K-3 class sizes average about 20 students, and our 4-5 class sizes around 25 students. We offer a full range of outstanding classes at our middle and high schools.
This not to say that we are satisfied with every aspect of our school district. We are working hard to increase the number of our students who choose to attend college and to insure that they are better prepared to do so. We are focusing upon customer service, working on doing a better job of responding to your needs. We are continuing our focus upon teacher quality, with the knowledge that nothing is more important than the teachers who work with your children every day.
Finally, please be assured that as students in Santa Cruz City Schools your children will be known, safe, challenged and supported. Also, please remember that we are here to serve you as your partners in educating your child and welcome your ideas, concerns and requests.
Gary Bloom, Superintendent