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- Community Forum
- Camarillo Academy HS Alternative Site Evaluation Presentation
- Environmental Study
- Camarillo Acorn New Cam high approval Poll
- Town Hall Meeting
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- Upcoming Events
- Camarillo breaks ground on pool
- Groundbreaking set for Camarillo High’s pool
- Project Update: Camarillo Academy High School Project
- Mayor emeritus supports campus
- Public invited to weigh in on campus
- Plans for new high school inch forward
- Plans for new campus draw mixed reviews
- OUHSD refinances bonds to save money for taxpayers
- New Camarillo High School Town Hall Meeting
- New campus focus of open house
- PVSD Wellness Expo Booth
May 12th at 8:00am-11:00am
Pitts Ranch Park
1400 Flynn Rd., Camarillo
- Town Hall Meeting
May 22nd at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Ventura County Office of Education
5100 Adolfo Rd, Camarillo
How big will the School be?
The school will be built to accommodate 700 students with phased expansion to a maximum of 1000 students on the portion of the site presently being submitted for annexation to the City of Camarillo. Enrollment projections indicate that the 700 seat school should meet growth for the next ten 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 able to participate in interscholastic athletics through a multi-school agreement with their neighborhood school (ACHS or RMHS).
Tell me more about the Performing Arts Center?
The site will provide a 700 seat theater with fly loft, a black box theater, spacious dressing rooms and related supporting functions that will serve 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 terra-cotta 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 a complex environmental review/approval process. Encouraging your city and county politicians can improve the chances for a successful fall 2015 opening.
Is there enough funding to really build this project?
Yes. Using funds from Measure H, OUHSD is fully funded and committed to this project.
What can I do to help?
To move forward, the high school plans need approval from the City Council and LAFCo to annex property into the City of Camarillo. These official bodies must consider public input as part of their decision process. If you like what you see here, sign our petition or support the project directly with letters to elected officials through addresses found here.
Accepted Proposal from AD-HOC Committee on Education Concepts
At the direction of the OUHSD Board of Trustees, an Ad-Hoc Committee was formed to garner input from members of the Camarillo community on what would be the educational emphasis for a new high school located on the property owned by OUHSD at Bell Ranch. This committee took on the role of providing a recommendation for staff and Board of Trustees in deter ming the overall academic emphasis and related programs for an academy school. This committee included individuals with a wide range of experiences; educational experience as teacher, school administrator, school district superintendent, school board members, and charter school board members; civic leaders with experience as city executives, PTA, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, civic service clubs, and members of the OUHSD 2003 Design Committee.
The committee met bi-weekly for six months. We held open discussions on topics such as the 21st century student, the role and future of technology, developing a balance between arts and technology, structured environment vs. creative environment, the role of the community, and high expectations and accountability over elitism. The committee conducted research and heard guest speakers on California industry sector pathways, projected job opportunities in the Camarillo and Ventura County areas, the opening of an academy high school, local medical industry opportunities for partnering, and Naval Base Ventura County civilian job projections. The committee examined and discussed academy schools that already existed, UC/CSU requirements, and population growth projections for the next ten years.
The committee started with some given assumptions that the facility would initially house 500-700 students; it would be expandable and it would include a performing arts center. The community recommends that OUHSD formally accept both our recommendations and the given assumptions.
A Comprehensive/Academy school for Camarillo and Somis with provisions for a lottery if there is unused capacity.
To enroll, students and their parents must commit to
- Continued enrollment
- Strong individual academic effort
- An honor code
- Active parent involvement
A partnership focus among students, parents, staff, and community
- Share resources
- Internships and real world experience
- Community Service
Full Academic and Athletic Opportunity for Students
- Courses to meet entrance for Cal-State/UC Requirement (A-G)
- A Comprehensive array of Physical education facilities
- Inter-scholastic athletic opportunities will be provided through multi-school agreement
Recommended Academic Emphasis
- Arts, Media and Entertainment
- Media and Design Arts
- Critical Arts
- Performing Arts
- Production and Managerial Arts
- Engineering and Design
- Architectural and Structural
- Computer hardware, electrical and networking
- Engineering design and technology
- Environmental and natural science engineering
- Biomedical Technology and Services
- Bio Tech research and development
- Diagnostic Services
- Wellness Services
- Health informatics