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August 2013

It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to Santiago High School – the home of the Cavaliers! The faculty at Santiago takes pride in the accomplishments of our students and the high quality of the academic program that we offer. We are most pleased to share information about Santiago via this website and encourage you to take the time to explore the various links in order to learn more about our outstanding school. With that being said, I want to take the opportunity to say CONGRATULATIONS to each of you (students and parents) as I share the great news that the Academic Performance Index (API) estimated growth for the 2013 testing period is 29 points which results in a score of 778J

This growth is a result of the students working hard each and every day to master the curriculum and the collective work of the staff during the 2012-13 school year and the years leading up to it. Working together and focusing on the needs of our students and capitalizing on the strengths of our staff certainly paid off in great dividends and this is reflected in the percent of Students Meeting Goal 1 Progress in ELA and Math. Data reflects that student proficiency went up in 10 of the 16 areas!! This great news allows us to begin the year filled with a sense of accomplishment for the hard work completed during the 2012-13 school year. Thank you Parents for the support! 

At Santiago we believe our students deserve the best and as a staff we work together to ensure that all students are provided access to the curriculum as prescribed by the district and the state. The Garden Grove Unified School District’s, vision, mission, and goals serve as the driving force behind our daily program focused on rigor, relevance and relationships. The academic program is rigorous and challenging, the curriculum ensures that students become literate, self-directed and interactive learners as well as proficient users of technology. Each and every day the students at SHS are provided opportunities to become effective communicators, adaptable problem solvers, critical thinkers and cooperative workers. In addition, assessment is a part of the instructional process and facilitates improvement of teaching and learning in order to inform instruction. 

To support academics we instituted the new online option for re-registration and I want to say THANK YOU to the 818 parents and students who utilized this new system!! I sure hope it made the process of registering for the 2013-2014 school year much easier. 

Also, we believe that family and community engagement is a critical component of a successful student as well as a successful school. To foster a seamless line of communication, parents are encouraged to attend school events (academic and sporting), participate in the School Site Council (SSC), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), or any of the Parent Education Programs held throughout the school year. Also, it is important to periodically check the Parent Portal (technology system) to support your students’ academic progress. Additionally, the school website is another good way to ensure that you are aware of upcoming events. To support academic growth, links will be made available on the website to provide the latest with respect to State testing results and new information as we transition to California’s New Common Core Standards.

I look forward to the opportunity of working together this coming school year to ensure the success of each and every student. Again, the faculty is extremely proud of our students and their incredible accomplishments and thank you for your continued support and involvement.  



Lila Rene Jenkins



Transforming teaching and learning so that all students have the foundation

for academic excellence and personal success.

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