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Central Union High School A School in the Central Union High School District

Students Central Union State Average
Percent students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch 50% 39%
Percent students with parent educational level at high school degree or greater 80% 79%
Percent minority students 93% 63%
Percent American Indian 0% 2%
Percent Asian 1% 8%
Percent Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Percent Filipino 0% 2%
Percent Hispanic 89% 41%
Percent African American 3% 9%
Percent English learner students 34% 15%
Percent special education students 5% 9%

Source: California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) and Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, 2006-07

How Central Union Develops Teacher Capacity

  • Staff development focused on instructional strategies: Staff learn to use English learner strategies, which focus on building academic competencies in children through three areas: language, content, and study skills. Teachers are also taught a particular approach to teaching students from low-income backgrounds. In addition, staff attend external trainings focused on Stiggins Assessment for Learning. These Stiggins trainings show teachers how to work in learning teams to understand how to assess for learning, and subsequently attendees are able to train other teachers at the school in the use of the program.
  • Academic coaches offer follow-up support: Two academic coaches (shared between two schools), who were former English teachers at Central Union, support teachers in the follow-up of staff development.
Staff Central Union State Average
Total Administrators 4 4
Total Pupil Services (counselors, nurses, etc.) 5 4
Total Teachers 85 52
Average Years in Education 14 12
Percent Teachers with greater than Bachelor's Degree 69% 80%
Percentage with Full Credential 81% 90%
Total Paraprofessionals 8 13
Total Office Staff/Clerical 10 9

Source: CBEDS, 2006-07

Snapshot of the Key to
Central Union's Success:

Data collection, analysis, and classroom observations are key to improving instruction.

Vision Statement:
All students are part of a caring community where each member is valued and will be free and safe, and where all students will grow in a positive learning environment.

How Central Union
Builds Teacher Capacity:

Teachers have the time and flexibility to observe their peers. Teachers will identify new teaching techniques and reflect on their own instructional practice.