By focusing on career pathways for students, a superintendent believes she can impact students to utilize their education after graduation and be successful in what comes next.
The superintendent of Oxnard Union High School District, Penelope DeLeon, explains why focusing on what comes after graduation is important in a district of 17,500 students.
“Traditionally, the focus has always been on graduation day in high school, right? What I’m doing is asking everyone in our community, all our stakeholders, to set our sights on what happens the day after graduation,” she said. “To me, that is what we need to do to get our kids prepared for college and beyond.”
School began this past week, and returning students were greeted with more post-graduation options than in previous years. The district operates seven comprehensive high schools, two continuation high schools and two charter schools. The opportunities include free freshman year tuition at a local community college, and the option to complete college credits through a partnership with California State University Channel Islands.
“All of our seniors will apply for two- and four-year colleges this year. All of our juniors will take the SAT free of charge,” DeLeon said this week. “Oxnard College is offering free tuition to our graduating students this year, as long as they take a full load of classes and keep a grade-point average of 2.1 or above.”