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SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION 3350 EDUCATION DRIVE, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93405 805-543-7732 | www.slocoe.org BOARD OF EDUCATION: Gaye Galvan, Paul Madonna, Floyd Moffatt, Joel Peterson, Diane Ward


consider it an honor and privilege to serve as your County Superintendent of Schools. I pledge to provide leadership and service for all schools throughout San Luis Obispo County. The County Superintendent of Schools serves as a spokesperson and advocate for the San Luis Obispo County students, staff and parents. The partnerships between the schools, families, and the larger community are the backbone of any success in the changing world of education.

To promote student success by supporting the work of local school districts, delivering specialized student services, and providing county-wide leadership and advocacy for the needs of all children.

Research indicates that whom we train and employ as our classroom teachers and school principals has a great deal of influence on student success. We cannot underestimate the value of a highly qualified teacher or school administrator. It is imperative that we act now to encourage intelligent young people to consider education as a profession. James J. Brescia, Ed.D. County Superintendent of Schools


Advises and assists school districts in managing their budgets and in saving taxpayer money

Advises and assists school districts in managing their employees and complying with human resource laws

Supports school districts in complying with state and federal laws

Provides numerous services that our districts would not be able to offer on their own

Educates students not served by local school districts through the Juvenile Court and Community Schools, specialized special education programs, and our infant and early childhood programs

Assists educators by providing training opportunities, curriculum development and technology resources

We provide these services through four main divisions: Educational Support Services; Student Programs and Services; Human Resources; and Business Services. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) promotes student achievement and development through leadership, innovation, and accountability in partnership with the public, the educational community, and parents. The SLOCOE serves as a liaison between the California Department of Education, our ten San Luis Obispo County public school districts, three county charter schools, private and parochial schools as well as other educational entities. In all, there are approximately 1,800 teachers serving 35,000 students. SLOCOE also works directly with the Cuesta Community College District with a total enrollment of approximately 10,000 students. We take pride in our high quality, and collaborative programs serving the entire county.





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Medically Fragile Class, Oceano Elementary School

SCHOOL DISTRICTS MEET LOCAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN MILESTONES In the evolving process of accountability, both in terms of student achievement and fiscal responsibility, all 10 school districts in the county met their deadline to submit their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. The plans are the blueprints for how local education agencies will identify and measure academic goals and progress in their districts, while showing how their resources and revenues match up with their plans. Submitting the LCAP to county offices of education is the first step in a process for districts to demonstrate how they plan to meet the eight state priorities under the LCAP. An interdependent part of the process is the review of district budgets by county offices of education, which must be approved by September 15.

This is the second year that county offices of education across the state are reviewing the Local Control Accountability Plans and even as the process for the 2015–16 year is evolving, our Educational Services and Business Departments are looking forward to helping districts for the next cycle. We have scheduled a series of LCAP meetings beginning in September that will help the districts prepare for the 2016-17 cycle. The districts are commended for the collaborative nature they have shown in producing their LCAP. It is inspiring to see stakeholders, parents, staff and students in their communities engaged in the design of plans that will prepare our students to be college- and career-ready.

“It is inspiring to see stakeholders, parents, staff and students in their communities engaged in the design of plans that will prepare our students to be college- and career-ready.”

ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 5601 WEST MALL, ATASCADERO, CA 93422 805-462-4200 | www.atasusd.org

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Ray Buban, Donn Clickard, George Dodge, Tami Gunther, Corinne Kuhnle, Mary Kay Mills, Terri Switzer

Shaping Students for the Future through Talent and Teamwork-Preparing the Top Students in the Nation QUICK FACTS


elcome to Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD), where we are dedicated to students and committed to excellence. One of the unique strengths of AUSD is the talent and teamwork that is exemplified by our students and staff. Through this talent and teamwork we aim to produce the top students in the nation who are college, career, and citizenship ready. In addition to our world class graduate profile, we also set high expectations for our students, staff, and parents through our core values: Integrity: We are honest and trustworthy. We aspire to the highest standards in all we do. Excellence: We aim for the highest levels of performance and academic achievement. Respect: We respect the views of others and cultivate positive relationships built on trust and accountability. Teamwork: We recognize the talent of our students, staff, and community to provide a world class education through talent and teamwork.

AUSD is an academically high performing school district.

AUSD has high expectations for its students to be career, college and citizenship ready.

AUSD consistently achieves excellence in academics, agriculture, the arts and athletics.

AUSD demonstrates effective teaching and learning for every student in every class every day.

PREPARING THE TOP STUDENTS IN THE NATION At Atascadero USD, we strive for our students to be characterized by the following six qualities. Our graduates are critical thinkers. They observe, wonder, create and have the ability to solve real world problems. They are effective communicators – conveying their thoughts and responses clearly and comprehensively. They have highly refined reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We emphasize the importance of being a team player, and instill in our graduates the value of collaboration. As self-directed individuals, students at Atascadero USD accept responsibility for their education. They work to their full potential and value learning as a lifelong skill. We push our graduates to be college and career ready scholars, ready to navigate the pathways that connect education and employment to a productive, rewarding and secure life. Finally, our graduates are responsible and contributing citizens who display integrity and civic responsibility and positively contribute to their communities.

Thomas Butler Superintendent





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805-995-3694 | www.cesd-ca.schoolloop.com

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Victoria Dandurand, Kerry Friend, Steve Geil, Terry Throop, Ron Wilson Cayucos School includes families and the community to support individual potential and guide students to become critical thinkers in a global culture. In our safe, healthy, caring, and interactive environment, students are taught to respect themselves, others, and the planet. Cayucos Elementary School “Where students are welcomed, inspired, and challenged”


A small, one-school, K–8 Basic Aid district

1:1 Chromebook program in our middle school and 1:1 devices in 2nd through 5th grade

Strong community support through partnerships with Rotary, Lions, Lionesses, Cayucos Square Dancers, and the Cayucos Education Foundation

Active ASB program with beach cleanups, school-wide themed days, dances, No Place for Hate activities throughout the year, Peace Day assembly, weekly PAXIS awards, and a strong student government


FINDING THE GIFT IN EVERY CHILD Cayucos Elementary School finds the gifts in every child. Through our art, music or drama enrichment classes, in our steel pan band, competing in a speech contest, writing short stories, working in the garden, playing sports, demonstrating strong technical skills, or achieving academically, all students shine. Elementary students have art, music, drama and physical education taught by specialist teachers. Middle school students choose between a wide array of elective courses such as yearbook, guitar, sculpture, home and garden, and drama. Our students build relationships with our buddy program, school-wide ASB activities, and community events like the Appreciation Assembly where students perform songs and skits that highlight the contributions made by community groups and individuals who support our school. Students culminate their time at Cayucos with the 8th grade Yosemite trip, in which they challenge themselves physically and emotionally. Students leave our school with a robust and enriched educational experience.

ur school is the finest example of the “It Takes a Village” proverb. The town of Cayucos gets involved and supports our students with both their time and money. The entire staff, from the cafe team to the teachers to the bus drivers, deeply know and care about our kids, often going above and beyond for them. We have a rich history with several teachers being at the school over twenty years and even a few staff members who were former students! Our school board is committed to ensuring that our school continues to excel and shine. My favorite part of each day is in the morning as I greet each student at the front of the school. As I get hugs and smiles and see the students’ happiness as they head to their classrooms, I feel confident that our “village” is doing a fabulous job. Anne Hubbard Superintendent/Principal





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COAST UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 1350 MAIN STREET, CAMBRIA, CA 93428 805-927-3880 | www.coastusd.org

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Del Clegg, Cindy Fratto, Lee McFarland, Sue Nash, Tiffany Silva

Coast Unified School District will commit their talents and resources everyday to promote and develop tomorrow’s leaders today. QUICK FACTS In Coast Unified School District, we focus on preparing students for success in 21st Century college and career opportunities through the following strategic goals:


oast Unified School District has a strong commitment to preparing all students to be career-prepared and collegeready for the 21st century. We prepare our students for their future by providing an integration of technology in our educational programs, meaningful experiences in arts education, and ongoing opportunities to participate in athletics. Our parents and community members are critical partners in the education of our students. We value the trust that parents have placed in our staff, and we accept the responsibility of ensuring that all students develop the skills necessary for success in a competitive global society. In the Graduate Profile that stakeholders across our district have developed during this past year, a graduate from Coast Unified School District has opportunities to achieve success in the following areas: Academics, Career Readiness, Technology, Communication and Critical Thinking, Civic Engagement, Physical and Emotional Wellness, Visual and Performing Arts.

Strategic Goal 1: To expand students’ communication and critical thinking in literacy.

Strategic Goal 2: To accelerate students’ academic outcomes in mathematics.

Strategic Goal 3: To advance students’ college and career readiness.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: CLOSE READING To expand students’ communication and critical thinking in literacy, all administrators, teachers and instructional aides in Coast Unified School District learn to apply instructional strategies in Close Reading as part of professional learning. Furthermore, administrators and teacher leaders visit classrooms during instructional rounds sessions to learn about best teaching practices of Close Reading across schools. Close Reading helps students meet the following learning goals: 1. Find main ideas 2. Gather and evaluate evidence 3. Develop powerful explanations and interpretations

4. Build students’ note-taking capacities 5. Improve students’ writing 6. Develop students’ habits of mind

Vicki Schumacher, Ph.D. Superintendent





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602 ORCHARD STREET, ARROYO GRANDE, CA 93420 805-474-3000 | www.luciamarschools.org

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Vern Dahl, Colleen Martin, Vicki Meagher, Mark Millis, Chad Robertson, Dee Santos, Don Stewart

To engage, challenge and inspire students through the power of learning QUICK FACTS •

10,600+ students

18 schools, 550 square miles, serving southern SLO County

Preparing all students to adapt and excel in a competitive global community

Partnerships and programs that facilitate academic excellence

Secure and supportive learning environments that promote integrity, teamwork, excellence, innovation and resilience


ucia Mar Unified School District is successful because parents, teachers, staff and community do a remarkable job of supporting our students and setting high expectations. We will build on this by supporting strong collaboration, working together to solve problems in a manner that puts our students first, and holding one another accountable for the success of our students.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: SUSTAINABILITY Oceano Elementary is known in the South County for efforts in recycling and energy/water conservation. Under the leadership of Principal Ron Walton and Teacher Jim DeCecco, staff has developed educational programs and practices with tremendous results – reductions of trash produced, energy used and increased water conservation. Students lead a school-wide recycling program and boast about how little trash they produce each year. Their Walk to School and Bike to School programs grow each year with increasing numbers of students choosing to come to school by foot or on bikes, thus reducing the impact on traffic in the local community. Relationships are forged with community partners such as Integrated Waste Management, SLO Rideshare, and others to bring a unique educational component to ongoing sustainability efforts. Mr. DeCecco is promoting the good efforts and practices learned at this school to improve sustainability education and efforts throughout Lucia Mar schools in the 2015–16 school year.

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) initiated by Governor Brown has provided an improvement in the resources allocated to schools. This fall, the Board of Education, District staff, and stakeholders will work to align our resources with the goals of the District to ensure success. All are welcome to attend our Board meetings and give input into this budget alignment process! The budget and our adopted District Goals and Priorities reflect our efforts to reach our Vision 2020 mission, vision and values. Our key priorities for the 2015–2016 school year are to support 21st century learning for all students, to value our people, and to communicate effectively with our community. Our guiding principle continues with the desire to ensure our students receive the best education we can possibly provide. Raynee Daley Ed.D. Superintendent





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GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Chris Bausch, Tim Gearhart, Field Gibson, Dr. Kathleen Hall, Dave Lambert, Joel Peterson, Joan Summers Our mission is to deliver an exemplary education, in a safe environment, which empowers students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in an ever-changing world. Paso Robles JUSD – “The District of Excellence”



am extremely excited for the kick-off of the 2015–16 school year and the implementation of our new district restructure and district initiatives. These initiatives will provide many new opportunities for student success and will include: •

A comprehensive Visual and Performing Arts Plan that will provide specific instruction in arts, music, P.E., and dance weekly for every student grades TK–5.

A comprehensive GATE program which will be offered to students in first, second, and third grades.

After-school elementary athletics for students in third, fourth, and fifth grades.

All-day kindergarten with an instructional aid within the classroom for six hours per day.

The implementation of the Positive Behavior Intervention System district-wide which provides a behavior framework and promotes positivity in all aspects of the student day.

Six elementary schools

Two middle schools

One high school

One alternative education site

6,726 students

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: ELEMENTARY VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PLAN Paso Robles JUSD is proud to highlight our Elementary Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Plan. The vision for the plan is that every student will be prepared for success in college, as well as in their future careers and communities. Each year, every student is provided with the opportunities to develop aesthetic valuing through visual and performing arts and extracurricular activities as measured by student outcome data. We provide exemplary programs every day in art, dance, music, and theater from highly qualified professionals so that all students have consistent opportunities to engage in the arts. As part of the instructional planning, focuses have been set for each area of VAPA including creative movement, dance technique, music appreciation, sectionals (choir, band), student art shows and annual school plays. We are excited to see students expand their knowledge in these areas and discover new passions in year one of the VAPA plan.

Chris Williams Superintendent





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PLEASANT VALLEY JOINT UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 2025 RANCHITA CANYON ROAD, SAN MIGUEL, CA 93451 805-467-3453 | www.pleasant-valley-school.org GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Shelly Borden, Rebecca New, Joseph Parker, Christina Reid, Shelli Winter

To develop responsible students able to think clearly and independently, and function socially in a rapidly changing, highly competitive world. QUICK FACTS •

High achieving school

Safe and nurturing environment

Small class sizes with instructional aide support

Peaceful rural setting

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT Pleasant Valley School is a little school with dozens of unique enrichment opportunities for students. The school has a very productive school garden that grows a cornucopia of different types of fruits, vegetables, herbs and other plants for both the winter and summer crops. Students from all grades are involved in the school pigeon program, where the students breed, raise, train, and race racing pigeons in inter-district competitions. Student projects and reports based on the pigeon project cross over into the math, science, language arts and other curricular areas. Throughout the school year on Early Release Wednesdays, students have the opportunity to take art, cooking, computer skills, dance, drama, Spanish language and other enrichment courses. At the school’s Open House and Science Night, parents, students and community members participate in bottle rocket and egg drop competitions. These activities, along with our stellar academic program, prepare our students to succeed.


e are super excited about the 2015–2016 school year! The teachers, staff and parent volunteers are ready to work together at making this year filled with incredible learning opportunities and enrichment! It is through this collective dedication and commitment that we all strive to provide the most optimum learning environments for all of our students. Our school seeks to meet the needs of all students and to prepare them for the challenges of the future. We strive to help students learn, become critical thinkers, and to become responsible members of our democratic society. In addition, the 2015-2016 school year will be the second year of full implementation of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Our focused approach will allow for all students, parents, and staff to learn, implement, and assess accordingly. The areas addressed in our LCAP are broad in scope supported by activities that are robust and intended to inspire, re-ignite, and move our district forward together. It will take all of us to implement these areas of the LCAP. We are truly honored to have the most precious of all, your children, in our schools. Gilbert Campos Superintendent





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GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Mark Buchman, Kathryn Eisendrath-Rogers, Walt Millar, Jim Quesenberry, Marilyn Rodger, Ellen Sheffer, Chris Ungar

To educate students to become self-sufficient individuals capable of making significant contributions to society and managing change. QUICK FACTS


ducation is never a passive venture. However, traditional models of teaching and learning often conjure images of students in rows, working individually, while teachers impart secret knowledge, doing most of the talking. This does not reflect today’s real world where facts and figures are readily accessible, ideas are developed in teams, and learning is an active endeavor. Through science and technology initiatives, extra-curricular programs, early intervention in reading, a problem-solving approach to mathematics, and a commitment to the arts, we believe teachers can encourage risk-taking and ingenuity. To engage our students, we know that we must prepare them for a technological world and living space. Our community supported a bond measure that will transform our high schools (and make improvements to all of our schools) over the next five years, showcasing a district where engagement and innovation are priorities. Thank you for your support on this journey. Eric Prater, Ed.D. Superintendent

San Luis Coastal is a community-funded school district

Measure D Facility Improvement Bond was overwhelmingly approved by the community, with a primary focus on Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo High Schools

Adopted an instructional model and teacher evaluation system in collaboration with Teachers Association

Offer alternative magnet programs (Pacheco Dual-Immersion and Teach Elementary School), as well as an innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program at Los Osos Middle School

“Success For All” preschool programs support our most vulnerable students across the district

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM The San Luis Coastal Unified School District Adult Education Program’s mission is to meet the diverse educational needs of our community by empowering lifelong learners to reach their professional, personal and family goals. Students are at the center of what we do. Our Adult Education programs offer adult high school diplomas, GED test preparation, computer classes, fitness and parenting classes, and a wide variety of community interest programs. For decades, one of the most popular programs has been the Parent Participation preschool program, educating young parents and their children from birth to the age of five. We offer these programs in San Luis Obispo, Los Osos and Morro Bay, serving more than 3,000 adults annually. Visit ae.slcusd.org for more information.





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SAN MIGUEL JOINT UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT 1601 L STREET, SAN MIGUEL, CA 93451 805-467-3216 | www.sanmiguelschools.org

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Steve Christian, Mary Jo Del Campo, Jean Hoffmann, Randy Kwiatkowski, Bandy Smith We are dedicated to the beliefs that: • All students shall achieve world-class academic standards • All staff shall maintain an effective school environment for all • Through our successful endeavors we shall develop productive and responsible citizens for our community QUICK FACTS •

1:1 computing devices for every student in Grades 4–8 (iPads for 4th–5th graders; Chromebooks for 6th–8th graders)

Extensive opportunities for acceleration, enrichment and reteaching

Advanced academic opportunities at all grade levels

Numerous opportunities for educational field trips, project-based learning and extended school day learning

ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS The San Miguel Joint Union School District has three high-quality school options from which parents may choose. Lillian Larsen School is the flagship site in Old San Miguel. The campus is shared with Almond Acres Charter Academy, our charter school of choice. At Lake Nacimiento, we have a beautiful newer school, Cappy Culver Elementary. All three schools offer programs through Grade 8. Student and parent satisfaction is very high at all three schools and our district graduates do very well in high school. Our schools feature a highly qualified competent and caring faculty and support staff, a welcoming school culture leading to happy, healthy students. Student enrichment and acceleration are high priorities, as are meeting the needs of our kids with special needs and those learning English.


an Miguel is very proud of its three public school choices. Cappy Culver Elementary for Grades TK–8 serves Heritage Ranch and Oak Shores. This newer school is mostly housed in a large, single building with a caring staff and a wealth of opportunities for acceleration. Students utilize technology including iPads and Chromebooks, which are being added to upper grades this year. In San Miguel, we provide two choices for parents. Almond Acres Charter Academy is our K–8 Charter School, which shares the main campus with the district flagship school, Lillian Larsen Elementary (LLE). LLE is situated on a beautiful park-like campus. It features a dedicated staff, small class sizes and a wealth of programs including breakfast in each classroom, a full-time Reading Specialist and numerous enrichment programs and extracurricular activities. Academic excellence is embedded in all three of our schools, with student test scores rising dramatically in recent years. Curt Dubost Ed.D. Superintendent





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SHANDON JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 101 SOUTH FIRST STREET, SHANDON, CA 93461 805-238-0286 | www.shandonschools.org

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Shannon Plaisted, Amy Russell, Marlene Thomason, Kate Twisselman, Robert Van Parlet The Shandon Joint Unified School District is committed to providing a quality education in a safe environment, which empowers students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success. QUICK FACTS

Shandon graduate carries on long-standing tradition of presenting a rose to his loved ones.


he Shandon School District is a unique District that can offer individualized and challenging learning opportunities for students. Our Agriculture Program, featuring very strong leadership development, career opportunities, agriculture science and agriculture mechanics curriculum, is one of the best in the State of California. The recent reinstatement of the AVID college preparation program, as well as participation in the Success 101 career development dual enrollment program offered through Cuesta College gives students even more opportunities for success. The District’s ambitious plans to make advanced technology available to both students and the community will undoubtedly boost student achievement. I am excited for the future of the Shandon District’s students whose spirits are appropriately characterized by their mascot, the Outlaw, defined as an unbridled, courageous horse. I am looking forward to the new school year, as there are many new and exciting challenges ahead! Teresa Taylor Superintendent

The District encompasses approximately 600 square miles of northeastern San Luis Obispo County and south-eastern Monterey County. The communities of Parkfield (population approximately 100) and Shandon (population approximately 2,000) lie within its boundaries. Both communities are rural surrounded by agriculture industry such as cattle ranching, grape production, dry land grain farming, and irrigated crop production.

Parents and community members play an integral role in the success of the District by participating in a number of activities offered throughout the year including Family Night, drama productions, sporting events, and fundraising events as well as volunteering in the classrooms and school improvement projects.

The YMCA offers afterschool educational and sports programs to students throughout the year while Cuesta College offers English language classes for community members.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT Shandon Elementary is proud to have implemented a Learning Center. This will be in addition to a Special Day Class for students currently in K-3 and a Resource Program serving students in grades 4–8. The Learning Center will provide access to the core curriculum as well as intervention-based instruction for students with and without Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). This instructional model is based on best practices and observation of the Learning Center at Monterey Road Elementary in Atascadero. A Resource Teacher, Special Education Para-educator and, for part of the day, Reading Intervention Specialist will provide individualized instruction to students with IEPs and targeted intervention for other students who continue to struggle in the areas of English Language Arts and Math.





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TEMPLETON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 960 OLD COUNTY ROAD, TEMPLETON, CA 93465 805-434-5800 | www.tusd.ca.schoolloop.com

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Jordan Cunningham, Kevin Hamers, Phil Keohen, Katrina Merson, Shirley Sigmund TUSD exists to engage and work collaboratively with students, families and the community to create systems which develop character, academics, global awareness as well as economic, artistic, civic, digital and health literacy allowing our youth numerous options in the pursuit of an ethical and successful life in the 21st Century. With relationships as our foundation, we provide timely and caring feedback which guides progress and ensures success.



One of a kind high school STEM Academy graduated over a dozen students in the inaugural class of 2015

Elementar y music and ar t instruction supplements our rigorous academic program

Over 2,000 new computers and/or tablets provided to students and staff in the last two years enhance high quality classroom instruction

Nearly 97% attendance rate proves that students want to be part of our school system

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA Templeton High School is currently ranked as the #2 Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in the State of California. We are proud of this accomplishment because FFA exemplifies many of the qualities the community of Templeton holds dear. The members of our FFA program demonstrate leadership, academic excellence, integrity, discipline and hard work. The FFA curriculum stresses public speaking, collaborative decisionmaking and authentic problem solving. Students devote hundreds of extra hours to complete projects and to prepare for and participate in competitions. Next time you are at the California Mid-State Fair, be sure to track down students proudly wearing their blue and gold jackets. They are happy to talk about their livestock or industrial art project.

he last year was filled with many exciting changes and enhancements. Improving economic conditions allowed us to reinvest in our programs and to lower class sizes. Our kindergar ten through grade three classrooms averaged 22 students while other grade levels were capped at 30 students or less. Teachers and principals fully engaged in the transition to the California Common Core Standards (CCCS). While the basic components of reading, writing and arithmetic remain unchanged, the new standards focus more heavily on creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration and oral communication. Not coincidentally, these are the same elements business leaders are seeking in the workers they hire. Under the CCCS, students are encouraged to explore numerous solutions for complex problems and are expected to justify their solutions and critique the thinking of others. Along with this, however, reading fluency, proper grammar/ spelling and memorization of basic math facts are still as important as ever! Joe Koski, Ed.D. Superintendent





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P.O. BOX 8106, HIGHWAY 1, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93403 805.546.3100 | www.cuesta.edu

GOVERNING BOARD TRUSTEES: Daniel Cadwell, Dr. Barbara George, Dick Hitchman, Angela Mitchell, Patrick Mullen, Pete Sysak QUICK FACTS •

Cuesta College serves approximately 10,000 students at its three locations – San Luis Obispo Campus, North County Campus in Paso Robles and South County Center in Arroyo Grande – as well as online.

In spring 2015, the college increased in the number of graduates coming from local high schools by 28%.

Cuesta College transfers more students to Cal Poly SLO than any other college – nearly 30%, totaling 210 in fall 2015.

Offering 22 transfer degrees, Cuesta College has the 2nd most degrees with a guarantee to the CSU’s out of the 113 California community colleges.



uesta College is in the midst of exciting times. Thanks to the support of the SLO County voters, Measure L passed in November 2014, allowing the college to make much needed repairs and upgrades to its aging facilities. Less than a year later, many of our bond projects have already begun. Please see the opposite page for a detailed look at our progress. Cuesta College’s expanded dual enrollment program proved quite successful this year, allowing high school students to earn college credit while still in high school, paving the way toward their college and career goals. This past year, three high schools increased participation in the project with 525 students enrolled. We plan to expand the program to nearly all SLO County high schools in the coming year.

Gilbert H. Stork, Ed.D. Superintendent/President

Cuesta College’s Promise Scholarship program – providing a fee-free first year to SLO County high school grads - has proven successful in its inaugural year, with 646 students saving an average of $1,400 this past year. The first class of Promise students began at Cuesta College in the fall of 2014. When compared to local high school students who enrolled at Cuesta for the first time in fall 2013, Promise students – on average– took more units, had better persistence rates, maintained similar GPAs, had higher rates of placement into transferable math and English, and were more likely to state intentions of obtaining an AA/AS degree and transfer to a four-year institution. The Cuesta Promise is the result of an $8 million private donation. The scholarship endowment, created in the fall of 2013, pays for the per-unit cost of classes plus various other student fees. Approximately $343K in scholarships have been provided.

Brittney Tierney, the first Promise graduate, graduated with a 4.0 GPA and is transferring to Cal Poly in the fall as a junior majoring in agriculture communication.

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MEASURE L UPDATE In November 2014, the voters of San Luis Obispo County passed Measure L, the $275 million general obligation bond. Progress from the first issuance of $75 million includes: •

Repairs. Roofs and HVAC units have undergone replacement and repairs on the engineering building, electrical sciences classrooms, the kinesiology building and the automotive and welding building have been made. Repairs will continue in future bond issuances.

Interim Housing. Because of state law requirements, 26 modular buildings have been vacated, and faculty and staff were moved into new temporary structures by the start of the fall semester.

San Luis Obispo Instructional Building. Plans for the new 32,000 square foot building were finalized and submitted to the state architect, with a goal to break ground in spring 2016. The building will house the displaced services due to modular removal.

North County Campus Center. Also breaking ground in spring 2016, the center will hold all the student services that are in temporary buildings. The 43,000 square foot structure will house all of student services under one roof.

Aquatic Center. In December of this year, the research and design for a complete replacement of both pools on the San Luis Obispo campus will begin; implementation is slated for the second issuance.

Technology Upgrades. Implementation upgrades to modernize college-wide technology will begin this fall and conclude in 2018.

Debt Retirement. The District will repay one of the Certificates of Participation (COPs) used to make urgent and necessary improvements and repairs to aging facilities by the end of this year.

For everything you need to know about Measure L – including interactive maps, construction alerts, and business opportunities for construction vendors – please check out www.cuestacollegebond.info.

DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES Cuesta College offers associate degrees and/or certificates in the following areas. Administration of Justice

Computer and Networking Technology

International Studies



Construction Technology



Architectural Technology

Criminal Justice




Early Childhood Education

Legal Studies


Automotive Technology


Liberal Arts

Political Science

Biological Sciences

Electronics and Electrical Technology

Library/Information Technology

Psychiatric Technician

Broadcast Communications

Emergency Medical Services





Medical Assisting






Communication Studies

English as a Second Language

Nursing Assistant


Computer Applications/

Family Studies/Human Services

Nursing, Licensed Vocational Nurse

Studio Arts


Nursing, Registered

Theater Arts




Office Administration Computer Information Systems

For a complete list of degrees and certificates, visit www.cuesta.edu.

Cuesta College is dedicated to accessible, high-quality education for the support and enhancement of student success, professional development, and the community we serve.


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Central Coast New Tech High School

San Luis Coastal USD

Dana Elementary

Baywood Elementary

Fairgrove Elementary Grover Beach Elementary Grover Heights Elementary Harloe Elementary Judkins Middle School Lange Elementary Lopez High School Mesa Middle School Nipomo Elementary Nipomo High School Ocean View Elementary Oceano Elementary Paulding Middle School Shell Beach Elementary

Bishop’s Peak Elementary C.L. Smith Elementary Del Mar Elementary Hawthorne Elementary Laguna Middle School Los Osos Middle School Los Ranchos Elementary Monarch Grove Elementary Morro Bay High School Pacheco Elementary Pacific Beach High School San Luis Coastal Adult School San Luis Obispo High School Sinsheimer Elementary

Paso Robles JUSD

Teach Elementary

Cayucos ESD

Bauer-Speck Elementary

San Miguel JUSD

Cayucos Elementary School

Flamson Middle School

Cappy Culver School

Coast USD Cambria Grammar School Coast Union High School Leffingwell/Cambria Community Day Santa Lucia Middle School Cuesta College Grizzly ChalleNGe Charter School Lucia Mar USD Arroyo Grande High School Branch Elementary

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Georgia Brown Elementary Independence High School Kermit King Elementary Lewis Middle School Liberty High School

Lillian Larsen School Shandon JUSD Parkfield Elementary School Shandon Elementary School

Paso Robles High School

Shandon High School

Pat Butler Elementary

Templeton JUSD

Virginia Peterson Elementary Winifred Pifer Elementary Pleasant Valley JUESD Pleasant Valley School

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SLO County Office of Education Annual Report 2015  

We are pleased to present this eleventh Annual Education Report which highlights each district in San Luis Obispo County, and the programs a...

SLO County Office of Education Annual Report 2015  

We are pleased to present this eleventh Annual Education Report which highlights each district in San Luis Obispo County, and the programs a...