Fremont Union High School District

Fremont Union High School District (commonly abbreviated FUHSD) is a school district in Northern California, serving Cupertino, most of Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose, Los Altos, Saratoga, and Santa Clara. As of the 2013–2014 school year, it serves 10,667 students. Since 2006, the district superintendent is Polly Bove.[4]

Fremont Union High School District
Location
589 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94087[1]
District information
TypePublic
Grades9–12[2]
Established1921
SuperintendentPolly Bove[1]
Asst. Superintendent(s)Susan Davis[1]
Schools5
Students and staff
Students10,316[3]
Other information
Websitewww.fuhsd.org

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1923 as the West Side Union High School District, the district served the agricultural Fremont Township in the West Valley region, and still serves the regions covered by the former Township today. It originally had only one school (called West Side Union High School), which operated in a few rooms of the Sunnyvale Grammar School building, before relocating to the intersection of Fremont Avenue and Highway 9 (now Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road). Two years later, in 1925, the district was renamed as the "Fremont Union High School District" and its only school was renamed as "Fremont High School".

With the rise of suburban growth which swallowed up the West Valley area in the 1950s and 60s, the district established five more high schools: Sunnyvale High School (1956), Cupertino High School (1958), Homestead High School (1962), Lynbrook High School (1965), and Monta Vista High School (1969). Due to declining enrollment, Sunnyvale High School was shut down in 1981, with its campus being leased to the King's Academy.

SchoolsEdit

There are five high schools in FUHSD, as well as a community day school:

Cupertino High SchoolEdit

 
Cupertino High School

Cupertino High School, colloquially referred to as "Tino," is a public high school located near the Rancho Rinconada and Fairgrove neighborhoods of Cupertino, California. The school serves mostly suburban residential and areas in eastern Cupertino, southern Santa Clara, and west San Jose.

The 2018-19 school year had 2,305 students in attendance. The student population was 52% male and 48% female. Its racial makeup was 72% Asian, 13% White, 9% Hispanic, 6% Two or More Races and 1% Black.[4]

The school's land was purchased from prune farmers in 1956 for $96,000, and the school was opened on September 15, 1958. The school was honored as a California Distinguished School in 1990, 1994 and 2007,[5] and as a Blue Ribbon School in the years 1994–96.[6]

Fremont High SchoolEdit

Fremont High School is a public high school in Sunnyvale, California. Fremont is currently the only open public high school located in the city of Sunnyvale, and is the oldest school in the district.[7]

The 2018-19 school year had 2,081 students in attendance. The student population was 53% male and 47% female. Its racial makeup was 40% Hispanic, 33% Asian, 19% White, 6% Two or More Races, 2% Black and 1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander.[8]

The school was founded in 1923. The mascot used to be the Indian, but it was changed to the firebird in 1996.[9] The school was honored as a California Distinguished School in 1996.[5]

Homestead High SchoolEdit

Homestead High School is a public high school serving western Sunnyvale, southern Los Altos, and northwestern Cupertino, in Santa Clara County, California.

The 2018-19 school year had 2,425 students in attendance. The student population was 52% male and 48% female. Its racial makeup was 45% Asian, 30% White, 16% Hispanic, 9% Two or More Races and 1% Black.

The school was established in 1962. In 2003 and 2009, the California Department of Education recognized Homestead as a California Distinguished School,[5] and in 2004, the Department of Education recognized Homestead as a Blue Ribbon School.[6]

Lynbrook High SchoolEdit

 
Lynbrook High School

Lynbrook High School is a public high school located in the West San Jose neighborhood of San Jose, California. It was founded in 1965. The class of 1968 was the first to graduate.

The 2018-19 school year had 1,880 students in attendance. The student population was 52% male and 48% female. Its racial makeup was 84% Asian, 7% White, 5% Two or More Races and 4% Hispanic.

The school was honored as a California Distinguished School in 1990, 1994, 1999 and 2007,[5] and as a Blue Ribbon School in 2008.[6]

Monta Vista High SchoolEdit

Monta Vista High School is a public high school in Cupertino, California. It was founded in 1969.[10]

The 2018-19 school year had 2,274 students in attendance. The student population was 50% male and 50% female. Its racial makeup was 80% Asian, 12% White, 4% Two or More Races and 3% Hispanic.[11]

The school was honored as a California Distinguished School in 1988, 1990, 1996, 2003 and 2007,[5] and as a Blue Ribbon School in 1997–98, 2008 and 2014.[6]

Student enrollmentEdit

During the 2013-14 school year, there were 10,667 students in Fremont Union High School District. In terms of race and ethnicity, the district is predominantly Asian American. European American students make up a large minority. Hispanic and Latino students are also a sizable minority. In contrast, African American students are not very numerous. During the 2007 school year, Asian American students made up 53.3% of the school district's student population. European American students made up 32.7% of the student population; Hispanics and Latinos made up 11.7% of the population. African American and American Indian students made up 2.0% and 0.4% of the population respectively.[12]

Because the school district has recently faced a substantial budget deficit, it is now only enrolling residents who live within the district's boundaries. In the past, many students who did not live within the district were allowed to attend Fremont Union High School District's schools, but now the district is closely investigating all student residences. These investigations sometimes involve going into a student's alleged home, where a specially-trained district employee searches the home—including the student's bedroom—for signs that the student actually lives in the home. Video of two such inspections aired in a 2006 segment of the ABC News program 20/20,.[13] The narrator, John Stossel, was showing how the excellent reputation of Fremont Union's schools motivates parents to lie about their child's actual home. As explained on the 20/20 program, if the student is found to be from an outside area, he or she may be expelled from school. Sometimes this policy has caused controversy among parents and teachers, but the district must maintain this policy in order to keep class sizes low.

CAHSEE PerformanceEdit

The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is administered to every sophomore enrolled [1]. Students must pass the test in order to receive a high school diploma. According to the California Department of Education in the year 2008, 93% of sophomores enrolled in the Fremont Union High School District passed the English-Language Arts portion of the test [2]. According to the California Department of Education in the year 2008, 95% of sophomores enrolled in FUHSD passed the mathematics portion of the test. [3]

AdministrationEdit

As of 2005, the district employed a total of 845 employees.[3] The Board of Trustees, which sets the district's regulations and rules, has five members. At the Fremont Union High School District’s August 22, 2006 Board of Trustees meeting, on a 3-2 vote the Board terminated the contract of Superintendent Dr. Stephen R. Rowley. His contract would otherwise have expired June 30, 2008. The Board then asked Deputy Superintendent Polly Bove to serve as Acting Superintendent. Upon her acceptance, the Board unanimously approved her appointment.

TechnologyEdit

The Fremont Union High School District runs a fairly advanced technological system, including its own website servers, IP addresses, VoIP Infrastructure, and library catalog. Schoology is the school district's primary means of communicating to students via the Internet.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Directory". 'Fremont Union High School District'. Retrieved 2020-05-08
  2. ^ "Our Schools". 'Fremont Union High School District'. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  3. ^ a b FUHSD Fast Facts Archived 2005-11-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Cupertino High". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  5. ^ a b c d e "California Distinguished School Awardees". California Department of Education. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  6. ^ a b c d "Award Winners". National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  7. ^ "History & School Culture -". fhs.fuhsd.org. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  8. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Fremont High". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  9. ^ "History & School Culture -". fhs.fuhsd.org. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  10. ^ "About Us - Monta Vista High School". mvhs.fuhsd.org. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  11. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Monta Vista High". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  12. ^ http://www.schoolmatters.com/schools.aspx/q/page=dp/did=8928
  13. ^ https://abcnews.go.com/2020/Stossel/story?id=1500338

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