Back to School
September, 2011 - Issue #83
Do The Math
to Find the Best Education Track for your Child

Do Santa Clarita's Public Junior Highs & High Schools have Real Options?<
flexible options include Bowman
continuation High School; Learning Post independent study program; alternative school
Sequoia Charter; Academy of the Canyons
with concurrent college course enrollment;
and Hart at Home homeschool


superior co-curricular opportunities,
academic excellence, safety and diversity


William S. Hart School District


Is there a Tuition-free K-12 that Adapts to the Globalizing World?
public charter school guides students
towards compassionate world citizenry
with 21st-century skills for success


project-based curriculum encourages creativity, leadership, confidence and self motivation; high school is part of world-renowned International Baccalaureate program, a first for SCV


SCVi Charter School


Where can we Find Small Classes, from Preschool to Middle School?
full and half-day programs for little ones
3 and up; junior kindergarten offered -
and every kid benefits from the school's philosophy of building self esteem


specialty classes and afternoon enrichment opportunities are enhanced by standard curriculum offerings like music, Spanish and computer; there's a full sports program, too


Pinecrest Schools Valencia
preschool 255-1238
elementary 255-8080


What are the K-8 Options with a Distinctly Christian Environment?
Legacy provides a highly-academic and technologically-advanced culture that encourages students to pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ; Legacy has a "sister" preschool, Sunshine, that generates nearly
99% of Legacy's kindergarten class each year


cutting-edge technology paired with an
emphasis on preparing students for advanced placement and honors classes in high school;
all children participate in an enrichment program inclusive of Spanish, Chinese, art, music, P.E., Bible and computer


Legacy Christian Academy


Stick with It
Fun Extra Curriculars that Build Real Skills

If your child is...

And they want to learn...

And develop...
character, integrity, respect, pride and sportsmanship - not to mention a great back flip

In a...
wholesome, family focused environment

Waller's GymJam Academy

And ask about...
a free trial class and how new students can get October's tuition for free


If your child is...

And they want to learn...

And develop...
quickly, with the fastest, easiest way to learn golf for all skill levels (juniors can make huge progress even during the school year)

In a...
fun high-tech indoor facility that allows for team-sport training with PGA-certified instructors

Scratch Golf Accelerated

And ask about...
the Scratch Skills Handicap System, which shows (on a personal webpage!) where your child excels and needs work


If your child is...

And they want to learn...
sewing, knitting, felting, crocheting
and more

And develop...
the ability to explore their creativity by making their own art, accessories, gifts (a crocheted pillow for mom!) and heirlooms

In a...
crafter's sanctuary filled with knowledgeable, friendly instructors who love crafts as much as they love sharing their passion with children

Creative U Studios

And ask about...
upcoming sewing classes (or, better yet, log onto their awesome website for a full class roundup)


News You can Use
College to Prepare Students for New Careers in Aging Services
In an effort to provide better care for the community's aging population, while simultaneously preparing students for careers in the fields of aging services and gerontology, this fall College of the Canyons will introduce its new Skills for Healthy Aging Resources and Programs (SHARP) certificate program.

Representing a program format not currently offered anywhere else in the nation, the college's 12-unit SHARP program is geared toward students interested in careers in aging services or the larger health-care industry.
The program will provide students the skills and knowledge needed to begin delivering various types of evidence-based health promotion (EBHP) strategies to older adults, in a variety of healthcare settings.

"The goal of the SHARP program is to teach students about these issues and get them trained to be able to go out into the field and relay this important information to the growing number of older adults out there," said Dr. Patty Robinson, Dean of the Social Sciences and Business Division at College of the Canyons. "If we can start training and educating people about how to take better care of themselves," added Robinson, "they will live longer and healthier lives."

Upon completion of the SHARP program students will be able to pursue employment in the aging services industry in positions that require individuals to plan, administer, evaluate and/or teach such programs.

For more information about the college's new SHARP program or the schedule of courses being offered this fall please contact Patty Robinson; 362-3992

Learn more in a Mini Class
Light on Time, Heavy on Instruction
Santa Clarita Technology & Career Development Center now offers Mini Classes. These courses, only three or four hours each, will help you navigate Windows 7 - or just learn the basics of Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access. Classes are mixed with beginning, intermediate and even a little advanced skills. Visit their website for a complete list of courses, including QuickBooks Bootcamp, which begins September 7th; 287-3599

Creative Years Preschool
is known for their fun-filled adventures (Pirates! Circuses! Oh my!), but Snow Day (in July!) may be the favorite. Children ages 2 to 5 experience loving care and instruction in convenient full or half-day schedules. The preschool is enrolling now. Book your own "virtual tour" by logging onto their website; 254-0718

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