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Academy of the Canyons' fall enrollment opens

First info meeting tonight at Valencia High

Posted: February 19, 2009 3:05 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2009 12:06 p.m.
Students interested in earning college credits while working on their high school diplomas, and their families, are invited to attend a series of informational meetings hosted by Academy of the Canyons, the middle college high school operated by the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District.

Separate meetings are scheduled for current eighth graders interested in joining AOC's freshman class starting next August, who must attend one of the scheduled informational meetings with a parent.

Meetings for prospective freshmen are scheduled Monday, March 9, at Sierra Vista Junior High; Tuesday, March 10, at Placerita Junior High; and Tuesday, March 17, in the cafeteria at College of the Canyons. All meetings start at 7 p.m.

New students also will be accepted to fill available slots in AOC's 10th through 12th grade classes. Current high school students interested in attending AOC next year, and a parent, are invited to attend one of the following informational meetings: Thursday, Feb. 19, at Valencia High School's multipurpose room; Tuesday, Feb. 24, Hart High cafeteria; Wednesday, March 4, Canyon High library; and Wednesday, March 11, COC cafeteria. All meetings start at 7 p.m.

Academy of the Canyons can accommodate up to 400 students, 100 of them in each grade from ninth through 12th. Starting in August, AOC will be housed in the new University Center building on the COC Valencia campus. Middle college students take four or more core high school classes, while attending college-level classes at COC which give them both high school and college credit.

"AOC is a unique Hart District high school for the mature student seeking a challenging and rewarding educational experience that combines high school and college," said Principal Jill Shenberger. She added that AOC students have the opportunity to complete one year or more of college while at AOC, and it is not uncommon for students to receive an associate in arts degree at the same time as their high school diploma.

Students at AOC benefit from a small school environment and strong support as they take on college-level classes. AOC students attend college classes tuition-free, receive priority college registration, and have the use of all college facilities such as tutoring, computer labs, library and college clubs and activities.

Further information is available at the scheduled meetings or by calling (661) 362-3056.


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