Down to the Wire, It's Time to Decide: CHS or Sage Creek

Current 8th and 9th grade students within CUSD boundaries need to enroll for Carlsbad High or Sage Creek High by Feb. 8. and make a one year committment.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on January 7, 2013, current eighth- and ninth-grade students residing within Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) boundaries will experience an historic opportunity to choose to attend one of two world-class, comprehensive high schools: venerable Carlsbad High, home of the purple and white Lancers, or brand-new Sage Creek High, home of the green, gold and black Bobcats.

The easy-to-complete High School Selection Form and links to information about the two schools can be found online at carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us/hschoice.html. The deadline for families to make their selection is 4 pm on February 8, 2013.

The selection represents a one-year commitment to the high school of choice. Students who do not make a selection within the designated timeframe will be assigned to a school on a space-available basis.

During the five-week open enrollment window, students/families who have made a selection may request a change by calling Ruth Cartagena at (769) 331-5074. No changes will be accepted after February 8th. Ms. Cartagena is also available to assist parents with questions regarding the selection process.

Families will receive confirmation of the accepted selection by March 1, 2013. If enrollment at either school exceeds capacity, selection will be determined by lottery.                                                                                          

Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services Suzanne O’Connell notes, “We are very excited for the open enrollment process to get underway! While we cannot guarantee that every student will get his or her desired choice, we can assure families that both schools will provide a full menu of course offerings, including Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes along with a rigorous curriculum that meets UC and California State university admission requirements.”

SCHS principal César Morales and CHS principal Matt Steitz share Ms. O’Connell’s enthusiasm to at last have the ability to offer students of Carlsbad Unified a choice about where they wish to attend high school. Over the past few months, the principals have touted the distinct as well as universal features of each campus to over 1000 Carlsbad families. 

One distinction is the master schedule. While Sage Creek will operate on a trimester system, Carlsbad High School will continue to use the semester system with an alternating block schedule. In addition, Sage Creek will open in Fall 2013 with freshman and sophomore classes only. The first graduating seniors at SCHS will be the Class of 2017. 

At both schools, career pathways and college-ready courses will engage students in authentic problems that replicate the contemporary workplace. Mr. Morales and Dr. Steitz have referred to these features as “friendly competition among equals.”

Beginning in kindergarten, CUSD embraces the challenge to prepare all students for an ever-changing world. Assistant Superintendent O’Connell emphasizes, “Whether students decide to attend Sage Creek or Carlsbad High School, our promise to the community is to provide the durable learning experiences youngsters need for college, career, and global citizenship.”

–CUSD Press Release

P Paul January 08, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Get more facts before you decide. http://delaysagecreek.com/
P Paul January 09, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Operating an additional high school will drain already scarce resources and compromise the quality of student learning and opportunities from kindergarten through high school in the Carlsbad Unified School District. Due to the current budget crisis, CUSD cut three school days for the 2012-13 school year. Teachers also agreed to give up two preparation days so students would not lose additional days of instruction. This saved the district approximately $1.075M. The $2M cost of opening Sage Creek High is the equivalent of 7.2 additional furlough days.
P Paul January 18, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Each student’s high school selection represents a one-year commitment to the school of choice. Students may not switch high school choices after the open enrollment deadline. Students who do not make a selection during this open enrollment period will be assigned to a high school on a space-available basis. Should enrollment at either site exceed capacity, student selection will be determined by lottery. Do you really think the football star's name would be put in a lottery for a high school that doesn't have a football program? What about a band member? This lottery, if necessary, needs to take place in view of the public!


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