College and Career Readiness in SPUSD
Santa Paula Unified School District is proud to offer a broad range of opportunities to ensure students are College and Career ready. Students have a variety of Career Technical Education educational opportunities alongside a system-wide focus on College Readiness.
AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination
To support college-readiness, SPUSD is an AVID district. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program to prepare students for college by closing the achievement gap, preparing students for college readiness and success. Isbell Middle School and Santa Paula High School offer the AVID program, and all six elementary schools are certified AVID schools in varous stages of implementation. Multiple Renaissance High School teachers are AVID trained. Learn more about the AVID organization here, or click here for more details about SPUSD's AVID program and offerings.
SPHS offers a multitude of AP courses to include:
- AP European History
- AP United States History
- AP American Government
- AP Language (grade 11)
- AP Literature (grade 12)
- AP Statistics
- AP Calculus
- AP Biology
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Studio Art
- AP Music Theory (alternating years)
- AP Psychology
College Credit: Dual Enrollment and Articulation Credit
High School students may opt to enroll in multiple Ventura College courses held on the SPHS campus after normal school hours. Offerings change each semester, and interested students should see their counselor for more information. Select courses during the school day offer college credit:
- Choices: College & Career
- AVID 1
- Introduction to Agriscience, FFA, and Careers
- Introduction to Design and Technical Drafting/CAD
- Medical Terminology
- Sports Medicine
- Marketing & Business
College Entrance Exam Readiness
IMS and SPHS prepare students for college entrance examinations. Students in SPUSD begin to prepare for these examinations at the middle school. The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is offered to all grade 8 students at Isbell Middle School, with over 95% participating in 2017-2018. All students school-wide at IMS participate in PSAT math and English practice questions weekly. The PSAT is offered to grade 10 and grade 11 students at SPHS, and multiple offerings of the SAT and ACT are offered on the SPHS campus. More information about the SAT may be found here.
University Visits, Grades 5, 7, 9
SPUSD is committed to ensuring our students experience the opportunity to visit a college or university campus. Grade 5 students visit UCSB, where students participate in activites at the Marine Science Institute, walk the bluffs, and visit dormitory rooms. Isbell Middle School students visit Cal State University Channel Islands. SPHS grade 9 students visit an array of campuses to include USC and others in our region.
Below: Grade 9 Intro to Ag students visit Cal Poly Pomona University, February 2019.