Our faculty, under the guidance of the School Leadership Team, has selected key content benchmarks from the CA state frameworks in reading/language arts and mathematics. The key benchmarks drive curriculum, instruction, and assessment and describe what all students should know and be able to do at the completion of each grade level. Grade level teams have developed specific benchmarks to monitor student progress toward mastery of the state academic standards in   reading/language arts and mathematics at each grade level. These benchmarks are implemented and evaluated each day by all teachers. Concerns and suggestions regarding the achievement of the benchmarks by all students are discussed at weekly grade level meetings. The key benchmarks are provided to parents in grade level brochures distributed at back to school night each fall.

The grade level brochures also offer suggestions for parents to help their students achieve academic success. In addition, parent help is offered through our district and site English Language Development Advisory Council (Dlac/Elac) activities and other community resources.

The progress that students are making toward achieving these rigorous standards is communicated to parents via regular progress reports and standards based report cards at all grade levels at the end of each trimester. These report cards are aligned to the district’s grade level key benchmarks.

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READING/LANGUAGE ARTS A phonics program is used for grades K-3.  Houghton-Mifflin “Reading: A Legacy of Literacy” is the District adopted reading text for grades K-6. Holt, Rinehart & Winston “Literature and Language Arts” has been adopted for grades 7 and 8.  Spelling is a major emphasis in daily writing across the curriculum for all grade levels.

SCIENCE K-1 students will use the Foss California Science series. Students in grades 2-6 will use Harcourt, California Science. Grades 7 and 8 will use science materials from Holt Rinehart.

MATHEMATICS New mathematics materials were adopted last year for our students. Scott Foresman’s enVisionMATH will be used for grades K-6 for basic skill development.  Prentice Hall is used for 7th grade pre-algebra and McDougall Littell for 8th grade algebra. Our 7/8 grade students use the same materials and pacing plan as the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School courses.

SOCIAL SCIENCE     Each grade level studies the history and culture of peoples from different parts of the world and different periods in history. Grades K-5 use Scott Foresman textbooks, and grades 6 through 8 using the Prentice Hall textbooks.

  • Kindergarten – Learn and Work
  • First grade – Time and Place
  • Second grade – Then and Now
  • Third grade – Our Communities
  • Fourth grade – Our California
  • Fifth grade – Our Nation
  • Sixth grade – Ancient Civilizations
  • Seventh grade – Medieval and Early Modern Times
  • Eighth grade – America History of Our Nation




College School District has had some remarkable accomplishment in our efforts to close the achievement gap as mandated by State Superintendent Jack O’Connell. The District growth was some of the best registered in the county, and supports O’Connell’s goals for all students.

The Academic Performance Index (API) Report shows how much a school is improving from year to year based on its API score calculated from the results of students on statewide tests given in the spring of each year. The state has set 800 as the target score for all schools to meet.College School District’s API score in 2010 was 882, some of the most impressive gains in the Santa Ynez Valley. Students at second- through eighth-grade Santa Ynez School improved in all four categories – 72 percent in English-language arts from 61.3 percent last year, 75.6 percent in math from 65.3 percent last year, 87 percent in science from 75.6 percent last year and 86.2 percent in history from 55.2 percent last year – a 31 percent difference.

The Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report was made a federal requirement by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. This report shows how well students are meeting common standards of academic performance. A school makes adequate yearly progress by meeting the following requirements:

By the Spring of 2011

  • 67.6% of students must score at or above the Proficient level in English Language Arts.
  • 68.5% of students must score at or above the Proficient level in Mathematics.
  • 95% of all students enrolled must particpate in the California Standards Test.
  • All statistically significantly subgroups must meet these same criteria.

2010-2011 College District AYP Results – this chart demonstrates College School District surpassed all the criteria to meet the AYP for 2011.

  Percent Proficience or Advanced Percent Proficient or Advanced
Subgroup ELA (Target 67.6%) Mathematics (Target 68.5%)
Hispanic/Latino 70.2% 75.0%
English Learners 66.2% 69.0%
Economically Disadvantaged 70% 72.8%
White (non-Hispanic 86.4% 89.1%
Schoolwide 74.3% 79.2%

The complete College School District Accountability Progress Report can be found at theCalifornia Department of Education website.