Partnership for 21st Century Learning/Steam



AUHSD is fast becoming an acknowledged leader in the national movement to infuse real world learning into the classroom, as recent initiatives served to further raise the District’s profile in successfully preparing students for college and 21st century careers.

The first event was the P21 Summit, which drew more than 350 educators from across Orange County. P21, or the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, was founded as a coalition bringing together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to help students prepare for 21st century careers.

The summit was a great opportunity to share best practices supporting 21st century teaching and learning. The AUHSD was front and center at the event, which drew praise from the likes of Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools, and Dr. Helen Soule, executive director of the National P21 organization.

The second event that showcased AUHSD’s prominence in the national movement was the P21 Sustainability Conference at Cal State Fullerton. For the second consecutive year, students performed “TED Talks” outlining their solutions for global issues related to the environment, alternative energy, health, or sustainable design.

"The global problems facing the next generation of Americans will bring immense challenges, as well as tremendous opportunities,” said Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael B. Matsuda, who also serves as co-chairman of C21, which is the California chapter of P21. “It will take innovators and entrepreneurs in the STEAM field (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to solve sustainability issues, including climate change, health care, alternative energy, water conservation, and sustainable food.”

The added bonus is that students highlighted in their TED Talks global competency skills such as verbal communication, articulating complex topics, advocacy, and relating issues to their own lives and communities, said Orange County United Way Senior Education Manager Sergio Contreras, whose agency is the primary sponsor of the showcase.

To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges, and a globally competitive workforce, it is clear that schools must align classroom environments with real world environments. That means not only emphasizing core content, but other academic subjects such as foreign languages, the visual and performing arts, civics, government, economics, history, and geography. P21 also emphasizes emotional and social intelligence (students being able to collaborate and exhibit good leadership and team skills), literacies in the use of media/technology, financial, civic, and environmental literacy, and global awareness/competence.

We are extremely proud of the work that is under way to bring student learning and instructional practices in line with the goals of P21. We are also extremely grateful to one partner in particular—Orange County United Way—for providing us with significant financial resources to advance our work by supporting many initiatives including the P21 Summit, the P21 Corporate Mentoring Program, P21 Sustainability Showcase, MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) programs, tutors for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program, and the AUHSD College and Career Fair. The AUHSD and OCUW are aligned and focused on many of the same outcomes, including P21 indicators such as A-G college-readiness courses, Career Technical Education Pathways, literacy, and STEAM education.

OC United Way’s cornerstone program, in place in the AUHSD since 2010, is Destination Graduation (DG), which seeks to encourage students to graduate by addressing an educational achievement gap fueled by family and community poverty, language and cultural barriers, lack of advocacy, and limited educational support outside the school system. This gap disproportionately affects Latino students, who represent the majority of those who do not finish high school.

Destination Graduation partners with five schools in the AUHSD—Anaheim, Katella, and Savanna high schools and South and Brookhurst junior high schools. The schools were selected based on their commitment to AVID, an elective class which creates a college-going culture by focusing on at-risk students who benefit from strategies that promote educational success in high school and beyond. A majority of DG students are low-income Latinos who will be the first in their family to attend college and, in some cases, even complete high school.

With the intensive training and support resources provided to the AVID teachers at the DG campuses, OC United Way is helping to build school leadership and enhance innovative teaching through AVID methods.

Destination Graduation also supports students directly with Roadtrip Nation curriculum designed to help create four-year high school plans to ensure A-G requirements are established and met. A final “roadtrip” project requires students interview community leaders in their career of interest, allowing the students to develop 21st-century skills.

OCUW also offers career exploration opportunities on and off campus through STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning at the Discovery Science and the Ocean Institute, where students engage in grade-level project-based learning and inquiry-based research activities that encourage them to consider pursuing a STEM-related academic career after graduation. Students are also exposed to mobile STEM career exhibits that explore job opportunities. A recent exhibit focused on engineering careers in various sectors, including alternative fuels, along with medical careers. Professionals in the field develop hands-on learning activities and provide students with links to relevant college and certification programs.

Finally, DG students are made aware of local career opportunities with field trips to STEM industry leaders such as ION Reality, Broadcom, Edwards Lifesciences, Allergan, Microsoft, and Saddleback Hospital. The field trips complement the AVID program college exploration field trips that expose students to higher education opportunities.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how the AUHSD is well positioned to be a leader in 21st Century education. Here are some additional highlights to round out our look at our P21 initiatives and our STEAM programs. We hope you have enjoyed visiting this site. Visit again!


EdSource Highlighting Strategies for Student Success


Going Beyond Testing to Prepare Students for College and Careers

By Michael Matsuda
AUHSD Superintendent


Respected educational leaders like Michael Fullan, Linda Darling Hammond, and David Conley have repeatedly warned us that we should not make one big test the main driver of education reform. Sadly, it seems that with the new Smarter Balanced Assessments that students throughout the state are taking now, many school districts are doing just that.

Across California, there is a danger that too many districts are focused on technology just to get students prepared for the Smarter Balanced test and not investing in integrating pedagogy with technology. For example, it would be a horrible misuse of public funds if students were just using iPads to take notes. Fullan warns of a missed opportunity if we are not investing in training teachers to use technology so that students can access more meaningful information and create better ways to problem solve. English learner advocates such as Shelly Spiegel Coleman are concerned that since the Smarter Balanced assessments do not measure speaking skills, oral communication will not be emphasized and long-term English learners will continue to languish behind mainstream students. Civil rights leader and Cal State Long Beach professor Jose Moreno is concerned that districts will implement Common Core with a business-as-usual approach and continue to narrowly focus on reading and math at the expense of all other content areas, thus limiting opportunities for Latinos and other underperforming groups for A-G readiness, which is required for university admissions. (A-G is the UC/CSU course sequence that includes world languages, science, social studies, the arts, and other courses in addition to math and English.)

The question for us, therefore, is not how prepared are California’s public schools for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, but how prepared are our 6 million K-12 students for college, career, and civic life as the next generation of Americans? Many educators who truly want to teach beyond the test are struggling with what college and career readiness really means.

Fortunately, there is at least one organization that has developed a framework to help build capacity and understanding. The organization is the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, a consortium of educational organizations, business and educational non-profits that have developed a host of tools and rubrics that are helping to move the needle forward using easily understandable terms. For example, the “4 Cs”— collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking — is a term credited to P21 and is language that is accessible and widely used.

Moreover, the framework calls for access to a whole curriculum, including what we in California call the A-G requirements. It is vital to note that access to a whole curriculum should begin in pre-school and should be provided during the school day. When schools had to comply with the demands of the No Child Left Behind law as well as the accountability provisions triggered by he state’s Academic Performance Index, civic education, science, world languages, the arts, and career technical education were often pushed to after-school activities or weren’t taught at all. Millions of elementary and secondary school children, mostly low income and English learners, were given high dosages of reading and math test prep and tragically missed out on the other subjects. This is what happens when the test becomes the driver.

But when college and career readiness becomes the driver, great things can happen. Savanna High School in Anaheim is California’s first National P21 Exemplar School, so named because the learning environment and school culture reflect the fact that 21st century learning is taking place and contributing to student success. It is an urban public school that State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said, “should be cloned.” Why? Because it has implemented reform without changing the teaching staff, without extra monies, and without cherry-picking high performing students. What the staff did do was closely examine the P21 Framework, David Conley’s work on college readiness, and their own research to create a new vision, which has guided and transformed their school. Savanna students are doing well on measureable metrics including A-G readiness, graduation rates, Career Technical Education certificates, Seal of Biliteracy rates, writing and performance tasks, and student surveys.

But more importantly, Savanna students exhibit hard-to-measure metrics such as habits of mind, which are problem-solving, life-related skills necessary to operate effectively in society and navigate difficult and complex situations. These skills are evident through senior capstone interviews, where students sit down for 20 minutes with teachers and community members and reflect both orally and in writing on the relevance of their education and their future plans. I’ve personally interviewed students who may have many Cs on their transcripts, and who may have only average SATs, but who have demonstrated college and career readiness by overcoming difficult circumstances, often poverty related, and who can articulate their goals well and have identified a realistic pathway for getting there.

What is happening at Savanna can happen everywhere if leaders have the courage to do what’s right. It will take bold, innovative principals who can build teams of teacher leaders through collective capital—working together using combined skills and resources. And it will take superintendents and boards who develop 21st century visions that drive school reform. Otherwise, it could be business as usual.


Superintendent Torlakson: Savanna High School Should be 'Cloned'

P21 Highlight 1

April 25, 2013--State schools superintendent Tom Torlakson visited Savanna High to recognize AUHSD’s efforts at establishing P-21 partnerships. Under Torlakson's leadership, California had just become the 18th state to join the Partnership for a 21st Century Education alliance. When it comes to preparing students for 21st century careers, Savanna High School is a model for the state: "We want to clone this across California," Torlakson said.

At Savanna, for example, he saw students working on a solar-powered boat, training in the medical academy to graduate as certified nurses’ assistants--in Spanish--and earning IRS certification to assist the elderly and low-income community members during tax season through an online accounting class. "To have the state superintendent come to Savanna “really validates everything we are doing. It's amazing," teacher Bridget Wuff said.

The opportunity to get hands-on experience so they actually see the relevance of their studies is exactly what Torlakson says he is pushing for.


Students Successfully Petition Anaheim to Become Nation’s First P21 City

October 22, 2013--The City of Anaheim took the bold step of joining the P21 movement when some 200 AUHSD students presented more than 5,000 petitions to the Anaheim City Council urging officials to participate.


P21 Highlight 2


“We are proud community members in the city of Anaheim, affiliated with (Anaheim) High School in Anaheim Union High School District,” the petition states. “We want to express our support for Partnership for 21st Century Education that promotes the teaching of the 4Cs — Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication — in every classroom across all courses for every student. The P21 frameworks have been embraced by the California State Department of Education and now California is the 18th P21 state in the USA.

We are petitioning to support Mayor Tom Tait’s initiative to be the first city in the state to endorse P21 so that local businesses, community organizations, and city officials can better support and collaborate with our schools through internships and other creative partnerships that are aligned with the P21 Framework.

In addition to the 4C’s, we want the city to embrace a 5th C, Character. We believe that Character, the qualities of honor, kindness, and moral integrity are vital to the growth of all citizens and believe that the city of Anaheim should promote the 5 Cs in all civic engagement.”


Savanna High School Named a P21 National Exemplar School

November 14, 2013--At a conference on teaching 21st century skills to students, the National Partnership for 21st Century Skills recognized Savanna High School as an “exemplar school” for its comprehensive and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Savanna High’s includes a four-year “capstone” student project that results in a final year portfolio presentation and panel interview with teachers. This program was set in place for students to demonstrate their career and college readiness.  Administrators and teachers set high standards for students and expect them to be critical thinkers, academically and personally accountable citizens, good communicators and collaborators, globally aware, culturally competent, and digital-age learners.

Savanna offers college-going programs, a Seal of Biliteracy for graduates with dual language competency, and six career pathway academies, including a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Academy, Medical Academy, where students graduate as certified nurses’ assistants, Automotive Technology Academy, and World Languages Academy.

Savanna High School illustrates how an exemplary 21st century school can make positive changes, when the right leadership is provided. 


AUHSD Students Engage in Civic Education Campaign to Prompt Investment in Facilities

April 30, 2014--AUHSD students launched a civic engagement campaign calling on the Board of Trustees to take action on investing in 21st century learning through better facilities.

 Students gathered nearly 5,000 signatures seeking support of repairing AUHSD classrooms and providing more 21st century technology. By collecting petitions and presenting them to the Trustees, students took action in improving their learning environment while engaging in civic engagement. The students presented the signatures to the Board on July 11, when trustees voted to place a $249 million bond measure to upgrade and repair facilities on the November 2014 ballot.


P21 Highlight 4


AUHSD joined a number of school districts across the state that are emphasizing the importance of civic education and are being supported in their efforts by the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning. The task force helps define the skills and knowledge that students need to be informed and involved citizens and community members. 


First Annual ‘P21: Our Future Now Sustainability Conference: Orange County Students Showcase Solutions for Global Issues

May 24, 2014--Student finalists from 23 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Orange County highlighted their solutions for global issues affecting local communities or their countries of origin.




The conference was organized by the AUHSD with support from the California Center for 21st Century Education, a chapter of the Partnership for 21st Century Education. The presentations were similar to the popular TED Talks format. The goal of the conference was to help students develop the skills needed for a competitive job market, such as verbal communications, articulating complex topics, advocacy, and by relating issues to their own lives and communities. Students identified a problem and suggested a solution related to the environment, alternative energy, health or sustainable design.

"The global problems facing the next generation of Americans will bring immense challenges as well as tremendous opportunities,” said Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Mike Matsuda. “It will take innovators and entrepreneurs in the STEAM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in order to solve sustainability issues, including climate change, healthcare, alternative energy, water conservation, or sustainable food.”


State Superintendent Torlakson Honors Recipients of Student Service Grants From Newly Formed AUHSD Student Service Foundation

October 1, 2014--Superintendent Torlakson was on hand as students received the grants that promote community service and support student learning.

The Board of Directors of the Student Service Foundation selected the recipients of the grants. The board is composed of students from each of the nine AUHSD high schools who have a passion for making a difference in their community, and helping other students pursue their passion for learning and service by providing them with the means to do so.


Service Foundation


“I am not aware of any other school district in California where students are leading the charge in this fashion,” said AUHSD Superintendent Michael B. Matsuda. “The ideas for the grants originated in our classrooms, through project-based learning. Upon graduation, these students will have demonstrated, through the implementation of these grants, that they have the capacity to problem-solve and take on the challenges facing the next generation.”

The Student Service Foundation was established with a $25,000 grant from the AUHSD Foundation to promote purposeful civic engagement, community building, and problem solving. Students seeking the grants learned the basics of grant writing, including developing plans, rationales, budgets, timelines, and evaluations. Through these grants, students have shown that they can advocate for causes that are important to them and maintain purposeful civic engagement. 


AUHSD Stages First District-Wide “Servathon” On MLK King Holiday

Ball StudentsJanuary 19, 2015--More than 4,000 Anaheim Union students participated in the first-ever AUHSD Servathon, which coincided with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday and National Day of Service.

P21 Highlight 7  The Servathon is a fundraiser similar to a jogathon, but instead of getting sponsors for laps, participants get sponsors for hours of community service. Participants included students from the District’s 19 junior high and high school campuses. These students, led by some 200 District staff members, performed an astonishing 16,000 hours of community service through more than 150 projects across our five communities.

“As superintendent, I have had many proud moments, but I have never more proud of our students and staff than I was on January 19,” Mr. Matsuda said. “The day certainly brought out the finest in people.”

The service projects ranged from traditional campus or beach cleanups to less customary, such as helping seniors with technology needs or going door-to-door to encourage the use of smoke alarms. Overall, these tasks were designed to give students experiences that would better connect them with neighborhoods, businesses, the elderly, and younger students and increase the District’s culture of civic engagement and community service. 


AUHSD’S P21 Corporate Mentoring Program Off to a Strong Start

January 29, 2015--Forty-five AUHSD students networked with Kaiser Permanente professionals who are acting as mentors, providing hands-on experience and career guidance for our students.

P21 Highlight 8Students and adults came together for the first of four mentoring sessions at the Kaiser Permanente facility in Anaheim Hills. The P21 Mentoring Program is a partnership between the District and the city of Anaheim, which began when some 200 students presented more than 5,000 petitions to the Anaheim City Council urging officials to participate in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Program. It seeks to connect students’ time in class with the real world, in order to prepare students for careers, college, and ultimately, life.

After pairing up, the mentoring teams participated in ice-breaking activities and toured the Kaiser Permanente facility. In three subsequent meetings, students had the opportunity to explore careers in the fields of medicine, nutrition and healthcare IT; shadow professionals on the job; build resumes; and participate in mock interviews. In addition to the Kaiser partnership, students also later engaged with professionals at Bunzl manufacturing for the same type of mentoring experience.






National Education Leaders Visit Savanna High School to Learn About Innovative Approaches to 21st Century Teaching and Learning 

February 6, 2015--40 national education and civic leaders visited Savanna High School, a P21 National Exemplar School, due to its innovative approaches to 21st century teaching and learning.

P21 Highlight 9Savanna staff modeled the process used to nurture the instructional shift to P21 lessons and the Common Core. The education leaders, which included state superintendents and school district administrators, visited classrooms to observe the innovative work the school is doing.

Added Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County superintendent of schools, “Our national education leaders are rediscovering what we’ve known for years, that commitment to student engagement, innovation, collaboration and critical thinking are at the core of student learning. I am proud to see that Savanna High School exemplifies these qualities and in 2015 has been recognized as a leader across America. Savanna’s students, teachers, parents and support staff must be commended for their outstanding work, and their call to serves as an exemplar for other schools.”




350 Educators from 22 Districts Attend First P21 Summit

April 24, 2015--The Summit brought together a powerful group of presenters who learned from each other how to best connect student learning to the real world.

P21 Highligh 10Speaking at the Summit were Dr. Al Mijares, Orange County Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Helen Soule, executive director of the National P21 organization. The keynote address was delivered by AUHSD’s Kelly Gallagher, who is in his 30th year of teaching at Magnolia High School, and is the author of numerous books on adolescent literacy. His address was titled “Building 21st Century Learners: The View From the Classroom.”


P21 Highlight 10RAUHSD was front and center at the conference during the breakout sessions, with presentations such as “The Power of Parent Learning Walks: Accountability for 21st Century Learning” and “Integrating Pedagogy into Technology.” Savanna High School as a National P21 Exemplar School, our P21 Corporate Mentoring Program, and the P21 Sustainability Showcase also were on the agenda. The second annual sustainability showcase was held the following day.  





P21 Program 1
Bolsa Chica Fieldtrip

Each quarter, 60 South Junior High students in Jamie Clapper’s environmental science class participate in a field trip to Bolsa Chica Wetlands Conservancy through the Orange County Coastkeeper’s WHALES (Watershed Heroes- Actions Linking Education to Stewardship) program. Read More Bolsa Chica Fieldtrip


P21 Program 2
California STEM Symposium

The 2nd California STEM Symposium was held in San Diego on September 22 & 23, 2014. The good work of AUHSD students and teachers was evident in four different presentations over the two days. Read More California STEM Symposium


P21 Program 3
Ocean Institute

For the past five years, the Ocean Institute in Dana Point has collaborated with AUHSD to provide Earth Science students and teachers with hands-on, relevant lesson plans and experiences to help educate students about climate change, human impact on our ocean environments and additionally provide an opportunity for students to become stewards of our oceans. Read More Ocean Institute


P21 Program 4
TACIB @ Closing the Latino Opportunity Gap

Transforming Academic and Cultural Identitdad through Biliteracy (TACIB) has set out to increase mathematics and science achievement and engagement among middle grades students in Anaheim at Price Elementary, Sycamore Junior High and South Junior High schools. Read More TACIB @ Closing the Latino Opportunity Gap


P21 Program 5
Science Saturday

Over 100 AUHSD science teachers participated in the return of Science Saturday on October 4, 2014. Read More Science Saturday


Service Learning Grants

Congratulations to our science students and teachers who received funding for their service-learn projects in the first round of funding from the AUHSD Student Service Learning Foundation. Read More Service Learning Grants


P21 Program 6
Oxford Academy First Annual Water Rocket Launch

On Halloween, Oxford students in Kim Nguyen and Justin Fournier’s AP physics 1 classes embarked on a mission to launch their rockets in costume! Read More Oxford Academy First Annual Water Rocket Launch


P21 Program 7
Lexington Junior High goes to the Discovery Science Center

On November 19, 2014, the 8th grade class of Lexington Junior High School descended on the Discovery Science Center for a day of inquiry into the science of hockey and more. Read More Lexington Junior High goes to the Discovery Science Center


P21 Program 8
BuccyBots @ the Automation Fair

Students from Sycamore Junior High School’s robotics team were selected to represent the First Robotics FTC Challenge at this year’s Rockwell Automation Fair. The event was held at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 19-20, 2014. Read More BuccyBots @ the Automation Fair


P21 Program 9
Anaheim High School Forestry Club Competes in Challenge

This year, five ambitious students from Anaheim High School participated in the California Forestry Challenge in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. They placed 1st in the Pacing Completion, a method used by foresters to measure tree characteristics within the forest, and 10th out of 23 schools in the main competition. Read More Anaheim High School Forestry Club Competes in Challenge


P21 Program 10
Sycamore Competes in JPL Challenge at Chapman University

This year’s NASA-sponsored “Keep It Moving” engineering challenge to California students in grades six through 12: Design and construct a device that will move a billiard ball at least 5 meters using three modes of transportation (akin to a Rube Goldberg chain-reaction contraption; think Pee Wee Herman’s breakfast machine) for 20 seconds. Read More Sycamore Competes in JPL Challenge at Chapman University


P21 Program 11
Plastic Ocean Pollution Summit (POPS)

Student teams from Kennedy High School, Savanna High School, and South Junior High School were among the 24 teams chosen to participate in the intensive, three- day Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions (POPS) Leadership Summit. Read More Plastic Ocean Pollution Summit (POPS)


P21 Program 12
STEM Inc. Trip to CSUF

Students in the AUHSD STEM Inc. program spent Friday Feb 20, 2015, touring the engineering labs at Cal State Fullerton. Read More STEM Inc. Trip to CSUF


P21 Program 13
OCEC STEM Service Award

Walker teacher Jack Gupton was honored on Saturday Feb 28, 2015, by the Orange County Engineering Council with a STEM Service Award. Read More OCEC STEM Service Award


P21 Program 14
Oxford Academy Competes in the Chemistry Olympiad

Oxford Academy competed in the local American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympiad Exam on Saturday March 7, 2015. Read More Oxford Academy Competes in the Chemistry Olympiad


P21 Program 15
Aquaponics Garden at Boyson Park

Anaheim High School students and teacher advisers Mrs. Metcalfe and Mrs. Schultz from the Anaheim Ecology Club spent Tuesday afternoon with Brian Chawn of the city of Anaheim, an AHS alum, and Aaron Flora, CEO and owner of Renewable Farms, water-sealing wood planks and weeding at the site of what will become a 10,000-square-foot Urban Mega Farm in Anaheim. Read More Aquaponics Garden at Boyson Park


P21 Program 16
Airwolf 3D Printer Training

On Saturday March 14, 2015, teachers from 11 AUHSD schools met at the Airwolf 3D Printer facility in Costa Mesa to receive training on how to utilize 3D modeling software and 3D printer technology for digital manufacturing processes. Read More Airwolf 3D Printer Training


P21 Program 17
Sea Perch Challenge

Students from South Junior High School and Sycamore Junior High School will be competing Saturday March 21, 2015, in the Sea Perch Challenge at the University of Southern California. Read More Sea Perch Challenge


P21 Program 18
Magnolia Science Fair

The 5th Annual Science Fair was held on May 14, 2015. Once again, the event was a huge success! There were 130 projects from Magnolia and Loara high schools and Dale Junior High on display. According to event organizer Bev Berekian, “We had judges from universities and industry, many of whom had judged multiple times in the past.” Read More Magnolia Science Fair


P21 Program 19
Earth's Changing Climate Symposium

This year, nine teachers from across the District were accepted into the Earth's Changing Climate Program. The Ocean Institute came into each participating class and initiated a series of labs to give students the information they needed for the field experience. Read More Earth's Changing Climate Symposium


P21 Program 20
AUHSD Solar Sprint Car Race

The 3rd Annual AUHSD Solar Sprint Race was held on March 14, 2015, during the Magnolia Science Fair. Two dozen cars entered the race with students from seven schools in the District (Ball, Dale, Orangeview, South, Sycamore, Kennedy, and Magnolia) represented. Read More AUHSD Solar Sprint Car Race


P21 Program 21
Lexington Science Fair

Lexington held its science fair on March 13, 2015, with 130 projects presented to a group of judges. Ten Lexington students from Anita Dunham’s class have been selected to advance to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. Read More Lexington Science Fair


P21 Program 22
First Robotics Competition

The First Robotics competition took place on Saturday March 12-14, 2015, at the Long Beach Convention Center. Sixty-six teams competed in the regional event, including teams from Chile, Colombia, and Hawaii. Read More First Robotics Competition


P21 Program 23
MESA Day at Chapman

Congratulations to the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) students and advisers from Sycamore Junior High, South Junior High School, and Savanna High School who competed in the MESA Day Prelims at Chapman University on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Read More MESA Day at Chapman


P21 Program 24
TACIB Santa Ana River project

Kudos to South Junior High Science Department chair Rich Padilla for hosting the culminating event of the Santa Ana River project, where more than 50 students presented to their parents and other adults about the animal or plant they studied related to the Santa Ana River. Read More TACIB Santa Ana River project



United Way Logo


Anaheim City Logo



UCI Logo



Chapman University Logo


Cal State Fullerton Logo






Discovery Science Center Logo



Anaheim Achieves Logo



Bunzl Logo



Kaiser Logo



Big Brothers Big Sisters Logo



Disney Logo



Taylor-Dunn Logo