Help us celebrate the Rancho Campana HS ground breaking ceremony, Saturday, March 8th at 10am (due to inclimate weather). Right behind the Camarillo Public Library on Las Posas.
How Big Will The School Be?
The school will open with freshmen and sophomore students. Our target will be 400 students with 200 at each grade level. Each subsequent year we will add a grade level until the school has freshmen through seniors. Since it is a school that students must apply to attend we will be able to cap enrollment at 800 students. Each grade level will have approximately 200 students as we are anticipating a very low attrition rate. The school will be built to accommodate 800 students with phased expansion to a maximum of 1000 students if needed on the portion of the site presently annexed to the City of Camarillo. Enrollment projections indicate that the 800-seat school should meet growth for the next ten (10) years after the school opens. If enrollment grows beyond 1000, the District will need to annex the remainder of the site in a future public process that seeks public input and environmental review.
Will My Student Be Able To Participate In Sports?
As a “small” high school, the site will provide access to dance, band, exercise and recreational programs on-site. Students will be also able to participate in interscholastic athletics through a multi-school agreement with Rio Mesa High School and Adolfo Camarillo High School, whichever is their neighborhood school.
Is There A Vision For Athletics At Rancho Campana?
Athletics are an important part of the overall high school experience for our students. While we will always see academics as our first priority, it is important that we support students who choose to participate in the athletic program at the high school level. We will do what we can to insure that our students have the opportunities to be involved in interscholastic athletics at the high school level.
Will The School Have 6th Period Advanced Physical Education For Athletics?
Students who choose to compete in interscholastic athletics at their school of residence will be enrolled in Advanced Physical Education during 6th period so they may travel to their school of residence and participate in practice. Rancho Campana will give students who participate in interscholastic athletic competition every consideration they would receive if they were at their school of residence.
Will Attending Rancho Campana Be A Factor In Team Selection?
Students who attend Rancho Campana will have an equal opportunity to be selected for the interscholastic teams at their school of residence. They will not be given any kind of priority nor, will there be a quota for team selection. On teams that have a limited number of participants, tryouts will be used to select the members of the teams. Rancho Campana students will be able to participate in these tryouts with an equal chance of being selected
Tell Me More About The Performing Arts Center?
The site will provide 700-seat Theater with a fly loft, a black box theater, and spacious dressing rooms and related supporting functions that will service the school’s enrichment theme of the arts. This will provide a large performance venue for the theater program at Adolfo Camarillo High School. As a community resource, the performing arts center will also host community-based theater and traveling performance companies for the entire Camarillo community.
Will The Design Of The New Academy High School & Performing Arts Center Complement The Camarillo Public Library?
Yes, but it won’t match the specific style of the library. It will have architectural details with terracotta design elements that capture the Camarillo character without the challenges of building a large performing arts center in a mission revival (Camarillo traditional) style. The design will match the white stucco with bronze windows of the library. However, in keeping with the high-performance goals, the school will have far larger windows and features to project light deep into the classrooms.
When Will The School Open?
OUHSD has challenged our consultant team to deliver the new school on a highly expedited schedule to welcome freshmen and sophomores in September 2015. The project is on target to meet this date, but we still have to complete construction which we hope will proceed without any major delays. Be assured that we will do everything that we can to open for the fall of 2015.
Is There Enough Funding To Really Build This Project?
Yes. Using funds from Measure H, OUHSD is fully funded and committed to this project.
When Will The Application Process Begin For Students To Enroll?
The application process will be the first step in enrollment for Rancho Campana High School. Students must be selected for attendance before the registration for classes begins. Applications must be completed and turned into the Oxnard Union High School District Office by December 1, 2014, so that they can be processed and parents can be notified before registration begins. We anticipate that the applications will be available for pickup at the District Office on November 1, 2014. We anticipate that in subsequent years we will use this same timeline for enrollment of incoming freshmen.
Will Students Need To Reapply Each Year?
No, once they are accepted, students are expected to complete their high school requirements at Rancho Campana High School.
When Will Registration Begin?
Since the school will open for the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year we will need to begin the registration process, as we do for all of the Oxnard Union High School District schools, in January-February of 2015. The staff and administration of Rancho Campana High School will set up meetings for registration of those students selected to attend. Since the site will not yet be open in the winter of 2015 these meetings will take place at partner school district sites for incoming freshmen and OUHSD sites for incoming sophomores where the students attend presently.
Who Will Attend This School?
Students who live in the following zip code areas may apply for admittance: 93010, 93012 and 93066. The students who apply must demonstrate a commitment to take on the challenges inherent in a focused curriculum that will have the rigor needed to complete a pathway in Engineering, Health Sciences, and Arts and Entertainment. The enrollment at each grade level will be limited to 200 students.
Will There Be A Lottery To Attend?
If we have more than 200 students applying to attend at each of the two grade levels, that will open the school, we will use a lottery system to determine those who will be offered enrollment. In subsequent years we will use the lottery system, if needed, for the freshmen enrollment.
How Will The Lottery Be Conducted?
Each applicant will be given a number. A random selector will be used to select the 200 and a waiting list, in case some selected choose not to attend.
What Is The Capacity Of The School?
The school will open with a capacity of 800 students. There are options for expanding to 1000 students in the future if it is needed.
Should Parents Home School Their Children For 9th Grade?
It will not be necessary to home school freshmen students who intend to apply for enrollment to
Rancho Campana. They will be receiving the instruction they need during the 2014-2015 school year. In 2015-2016 the students who attended an OUHSD school for their freshmen year and are then selected to enroll at Rancho Campana High School will be able to quickly assimilate into the startup of the specialized programs that will be offered as part of the curriculum.
Do The Residents Of Camarillo Get Priority For Registration?
Residents of the city of Camarillo and the surrounding areas will be given priority for registration. Students living outside of these areas will be enrolled if there are not 200 students that apply for enrollment. If more students from outside of Camarillo and its contiguous areas apply than can be accommodated with a 200 student limit then the lottery system will be used for the enrollment of those students.
Will Siblings Get Priority In The Future?
Yes, this first year we will be enrolling both freshmen and sophomores. If a student is selected this year as a freshman or a sophomore, any siblings they have who are freshmen or sophomores would also be invited to enroll. Once a student is enrolled at Rancho Campana younger siblings would be invited to enroll as they enter their freshman year, for as long as a sibling continues to be enrolled. Upper classman, who later decide that they would like to enroll would not have a sibling priority. Sometimes students may have siblings in the same grade level for a variety of reasons. If this is the situation, when a freshman is selected, their sibling or siblings would be invited to enroll as fellow freshmen.
How Will You Handle Kids With Special Needs?
There will be accommodations for special needs students. At this time there will be no direct services.
When Will The Performing Arts Building Be Finished?
The Performing Arts building is scheduled for completion in the spring semester of the 2015-2016 school year. This could of course be altered by any delays in the construction process. The facilities needed to begin the programs in the focus area of Arts and Entertainment will be provided in anticipation of the opening of the Performing Arts building for demonstrations of student learning in all of the facets of Rancho Campana High School.
Will There Be Bussing?
Home to school and school to home busing will not be provided. Students and parents that choose to attend Rancho Campana High School will be responsible for transportation.
Busses will be provided for students who wish to participate in the athletic programs at Rio Mesa High School and Adolfo Camarillo High School. Students must live in the attendance area of the school to participate in its athletic program.
How Will You Select The Staff?
Staff will be transferred from other sites within the Oxnard Union High School District and hired from outside the district when necessary. Transfers will be based on the qualifications and expertise of the teachers and staff. When two or more faculty members have equal qualifications and expertise the transfer will be based on seniority. The Principal will conduct an interview to determine qualifications and expertise and will work with the Human Resources Division to determine seniority.
How Will You Select Administration?
The position will be advertised and a candidate will be selected based on who is best suited for the opening of a school with the unique aspects of Rancho Campana High School. This person will possess the expertise necessary to effectively lead a school that is focused on Linked Learning and implementation of 21st Century learning skills.
When Will The Principal Be Selected?
The exact timeline has not yet been set for the selection of the Principal. Since the Principal will be involved in the hiring of the rest of the staff it will be necessary to select the Principal before the process begins for selecting the staff.
What Will The Technology Look Like?
This has been a concern since the inception of the concept of Rancho Campana High School. Technology is changing so rapidly that whatever we plan for in 2013 will be behind the curve in 2015. We anticipate equipping our classrooms with the latest interactive learning and teaching tools that are available when we open in 2015-2016. We also anticipate developing a plan for phasing in any new technologies that become available as the school continues to grow. This school will be equipped with the technologies necessary to provide a state of the art program in Engineering, Health Sciences, and Arts and Entertainment.
Is This Going To Be A Stem School?
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math will be cornerstones of the curriculum at Rancho Campana High School. The curriculum of the school will go even further. STEAM would be a more accurate acronym, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Rancho Campana High School will have a curriculum based upon and a focus on the areas of Engineering, Health Sciences, and Arts and Entertainment.
Will My Student Be Able To Meet The A-G Requirements?
The curriculum at Rancho Campana will be based upon the focus areas of Engineering, Health Sciences, and Arts and Entertainment. Imbedded in each of these areas will be the courses that all students will need to meet the requirements for enrollment in the University of California system, the California State University system, as well as public and private universities throughout the United States. Students will also have well positioned themselves to compete for admittance to highly selective universities that have these focus areas as areas of priority.
Will Students Be Able To Take Honors/Ap Classes
The expectation is that all of the students at Rancho Campana will challenge themselves with a rigorous curriculum. That being said, there will of course be many students who will need the challenge of Advanced Placement classes which are essentially a college level course. For those students, we plan on offering a wide range of AP classes that will meet the needs of our students.