Centinela Valley Union High School District

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History and Profile
Centinela Valley Union High School District

The Centinela Valley Union High School District was formed in 1905 and was originally known as the Inglewood Union High School District. It was composed of the territory of Hawthorne, Inglewood (later Inglewood City), Jefferson (later Lennox), and Wiseburn School Districts. Following the formation in 1912 from territory taken from Wiseburn School District, the El Segundo School District was also a component of the High School District.

The name was changed to Centinela Valley Union High School District on November 1, 1944. El Segundo withdrew on November 22, 1925, to form the El Segundo High School District, and on July 1, 1954, Inglewood withdrew and formed the Inglewood Unified School District. The Centinela Valley Union High School District is a component of the El Camino Community College District.
(The above information was excerpted from a Los Angeles County Department of Education publication entitled History of School District Organization. It was published in 1975.)

The Centinela Valley Union High School District continues to make historic gains in student achievement. CVUHSD's commitment to college and career readiness is evident in its award-winning California Partnership Academy programs and its latest innovation, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The strength of the district and the community it serves has been recently reinforced with the passage of a parcel tax in November 2012, providing further support for the district's unprecedented growth and continued success.

Under the leadership of Superintendent Jose A. Fernandez, CVUHSD was recently awarded a State grant (one of only 63) to further develop career and college readiness academies in partnership with the Linked Learning Alliance, ConnectEd, The California Center for College and Career, the National Academy Foundation, and the College and Career Academy Support Network. The grant supports district efforts to ensure that students remain engaged in their learning as a result of its instructional relevance to student's post-secondary aspirations, thus helping students remain motivated to complete high school at higher rates and with less need for remediation of basic skills.

Further evidence of the district's success include an increase in its Academic Performance Index (API) that represents the second highest in Los Angeles County and the highest among district that serve only high school students. Leuzinger High School's 58-point API increase was among the largest increase among high schools in Los Angeles County. Students at Leuzinger have profited greatly from the school's exceptional new Center for the Arts and Sciences, which has breathed new life into the newly modernized campus. In fact, all three comprehensive high schools are in the midst of a renaissance with the advent of new campus construction, including a Culinary Arts Academy building at Leuzinger, a Science and Engineering Academy at Hawthorne, and a multi-classroom and multimedia facility and Student Center at Lawndale, which is being erected next to the finest arts center in the County, the Centinela Valley Center for the Arts. It has become the hub of the community, housing numerous school functions, as well as movies, concerts, and community events. Partnerships with distinguished performance companies provides the opportunity to bring first class entertainment to the local and surrounding community. The success of the facility enriches all of our lives.

The Centinela Valley Union High School District looks forward to an exciting and bright future for it students and our community.