By Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools
This week we celebrate the graduation of more than 5,500 high school students. They have seized the opportunities available in our schools, taking more Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate college prep classes and exams, preparing for careers via dozens of high school pathways, and becoming amazing young adults.
We know that about 75 percent of these graduates will enroll in college (80 percent within two years), some of them attending top colleges and universities on full-ride scholarships. Others will enter the military, apprenticeships and trade school. Wherever they go, our graduates will continue to make us proud, contributing so much to society.
The 2015-16 school year has been good to us as a school system. As state education funding gradually approaches pre-recession levels, we are beginning to meet the goals spelled out in our Local Control Accountability Plan. We see encouraging progress on state test results, parent satisfaction surveys, graduation rates and other measurements.
While we’re already recognized as one of the nation’s leading school systems, with stable funding forecast for next year, we’re optimistic that we can continue to improve upon the support that we provide to students. We also plan to redouble our efforts to provide the safe, comfortable and secure school facilities that students need to learn and thrive.
To all of our employees, students and their families who are completing the school year, I hope you can take a break and reflect on your impressive accomplishments.
Congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2016 and to everyone who has supported them.