“To create a college-going and career-exploring culture, it is important to encourage students and families to start thinking about higher education in middle school,” said ESHS Principal Jennifer Tedford. “We want families to experience all that El Segundo High School has to offer well before it is time to register for freshman year.”
Following a lively opening performance by the Eagle Marching Band and ESHS cheerleaders, the ESHS choir sang the national anthem, and Principal Jennifer Tedford delivered a welcome address with a brief state of the school and an overview of the agenda for the evening. Attendees were then invited to take tours of the school in groups on an adventurous path with stations run by current ESHS students offering up information about the various academic departments, career exploration pathways, athletics, and student clubs and organizations.
Along the tour, student athletes from all of the various girls and boys sports were on hand in the gym and football stadium to answer questions; students in orchestra and choir gave performances in the south quad; the robotics club had a robot they designed doing maneuvers outside the engineering lab; the Visual Arts Pathway students were doing live painting and drawing demonstrations; and the Engineering Pathway students were showcasing the progression of the curriculum learned in each year of the pathway. Presentations where also given in the College and Career Center to introduce attendees to services offered such as internships for career exploration and assistance with preparing to apply for college.
ESHS created four linked learning pathways in 2012 to motivate and engage students by connecting challenging academics to demanding career and technical education. Students may opt in as freshman to four pathways: Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Visual and Performing Arts (fine art, photography, graphic design, drama, screenwriting, music and choral arts).
Students may enroll in a pathway during registration and may try a pathway for one year, and choose a different pathway the following year if their original choice does not meet their future goals or interests.
ESHS also offers a robust Athletics Program with ten sports each for boys and girls, including: football, baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, softball, cross country, track, swimming, water polo and lacrosse.
The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) is building a better future together with its many partners including the El Segundo Educational Foundation, which funds programming that most public schools are not able offer; PTA that raises funds for addition student programs; industry partnerships and local sponsorships; and strong community partnerships.
El Segundo High School is an exemplary institution recognized as a Top 100 School by U.S. News and World Report, and ESUSD has achieved the highest graduation rate in the region at 98.9 percent, which far exceeds the state’s average graduation rate of 83.2 percent.
“We know that technology is a connector for all college and career plans and we want to ensure that ESHS students have the most innovative curriculum to prepare them to be socially impactful and productive citizens,” said Tedford.
About the El Segundo Unified School District
The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).
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Photo Caption: El Segundo High School’s award-winning Eagle Marching Band and cheerleaders perform at an Open House for middle school families on Nov. 6.