On behalf of the governing board and staff of Santa Cruz City Schools I would like to welcome you to the 2015-16 school year. We are proud of our work in SCCS, and are pleased to be able to serve our students and their families. Our work in the school community is governed by our District Vision, Core Values and Strategic Goals.
This should be an outstanding school year in SCCS. Thanks to voters who have approved our parcel tax measures, we will maintain outstanding programs, including fully staffed libraries, reduced class sizes, and visual and performing arts programs. Our K-3 class sizes average about 22 students, and our 4-5 class sizes around 27 students. We offer a full range of outstanding classes at our middle and high schools.
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 seeing significant improvement in the number of students meeting rigorous college entrance requirements and taking Advanced Placement and Honors Courses. As you will see above, our graduates are being accepted at some of the best colleges, universities and career technical education programs in the world.
We continue to focus upon customer service, working on doing a better job of responding to your needs. Our teachers maintain a constant focus upon quality instruction, with the knowledge that nothing is more important than the teachers who work with your children every day. In addition, we work to ensure our schools are welcoming, safe and supportive places for students, families and staff.
Finally, please be assured that we are committed to engaging students' hearts and minds -- every student, every day. We believe that it is essential that all children have at least one adult who knows their mind - their academic strengths, their areas for academic growth, as well as, their heart - their passions and concerns, so that we may support each individual's academic and personal growth. Please remember that we are here to serve you as your partners in educating your child and welcome your ideas, concerns and requests.
Superintendent, Santa Cruz City Schools