I am honored and excited to welcome our new and returning students, parents, faculty, and staff to the 2020-2021 school year. While this is not the way any of us thought we would begin this school year, we are committed to making this school year the best possible experience for our students. Our teachers have prepared tirelessly to deliver quality, high-level instruction in a virtual setting. Likewise, our students have shown resilience and perseverance during these difficult times and continue to exemplify the Canyon High School spirit.
Canyon’s mission is to provide an educational experience, in both academic and character development, that focuses on maximizing learning, developing global awareness and creating life-long learners in a student-centered and rigorous learning environment. We are committed to developing our students with 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration while supporting the individual student’s interest. Our goal is to empower our students to take ownership of our school and lead projects, coordinate events, and create new and exciting programs.
Whether our students choose to be a part of award-winning academic competitions, join one of our acclaimed art programs, or participate in an activity or an athletic program, there is something for everyone at Canyon High School. Canyon students experience hands-on learning with industry-level resources through a range of Career Pathways 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’s rigorous Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors programs thoroughly prepare students for a post-secondary education. Last year, our students’ A.P. and I.B. exam scores well-exceeded state, national, and global averages. Nearly 80% of the 700+ Canyon students who took an Advanced Placement exam earned a passing score; and, 100% of our International Baccalaureate diploma candidates received their I.B diplomas.
Canyon is a Gold Ribbon School—a distinction awarded to schools that are “academically successful, vibrant, and innovative center(s) of learning and teaching”. This definition is at the heart of what we pursue. Canyon High School achieves great things by setting high expectations, nurturing a positive school culture, and engaging parents and our surrounding community.
I look forward to a great school year and continuing to observe the resiliency of both our students and staff. We will all continue to strive for excellence and work together as we navigate through distance learning, hybrid learning, and hopefully a full return to on-campus instruction.
J. Craig Abercrombie