Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. I am excited to welcome back our faculty, staff, students, and parents for the new school year. When you step on the campus on the first day of school you will become part of the Canyon Culture of Excellence. Canyon students and staff continually represent our school with pride and excellence across the board in the areas of academics, arts, activities, and athletics.
Canyon High School was recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s Best High School Rankings as a Silver Medal School. Canyon High School ranks in the top tier of eligible public high schools in the United States. Schools are ranked on overall performance on state tests, demographics, graduation rate, and scores on college-level AP and IB tests. This award is evidence of our strong academic program, dedicated teachers, and outstanding students that consistently outperform their state and national counterparts on AP, IB, SAT, ACT, and CAASPP exams.
Canyon High School is home to a vast array of programs and activities that provide all students with the opportunities to reach their post-secondary goals. Whether you choose to be a part of award winning academic competitions such as: Science Olympiad, Model United Nations, or Mock Trial or join our acclaimed choir, band, dance, or theater arts programs, there is something for everyone at Canyon. Our rigorous Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and honors programs help prepare our students for post-secondary education. Furthermore, students have access to a wide range of Career Pathways that will prepare them with 21st century skills in Health Science, Art and Media Entertainment, Education and Child Development, Information and Communication Technology, Public Services, Engineering, and Aviation. In addition to our tremendous academic programs, Canyon is home to a highly successful athletic program with teams that consistently compete for and win league and CIF championships.
Canyon is recognized as a Gold Ribbon School--a distinction awarded to schools that are “academically successful, vibrant, and innovative center(s) of learning and teaching.” That definition is the heart of what we pursue. Together, we will accomplish great things by setting high standards and expectations, developing a positive school culture, and engaging parents and the surrounding community. I look forward to a great school year and hope to see you out supporting our Comanches at a performance or at a game.
J. Craig Abercrombie