In 2017, ACHS won California Gold Ribbon School status based on the academic achievement, leadership and service of its students. In 2018, ACHS was one of 6 schools awarded a Civic Learning Award of Distinction by the California Department of Education, placing it in the top 9 statewide. For several years in a row, US News & World Report has awarded ACHS a Silver Award for Best High Schools, most recently ranking in the top 12% in the state and top 7% in the country. ACHS consistently administers over 1000 AP tests each year, wins the regional blood drive, and produces academic, athletic, and performing arts champions.
Academically, ACHS sets high expectations by offering all college preparatory courses and allowing students to enroll in honors and AP courses without prerequisites. All 9-11th graders participate in the PSAT/NMSQT for free during the school day in the Fall. All 11th graders take the SAT for free during the school day in the Spring. 12th graders are invited to participate in a College Preparation SPARK to work with counselors on the steps to apply for colleges, scholarships, and financial aid. Our goal is for every student to have completed the FAFSA, taken the PSAT and SAT, applied for a 2- or 4-year college, participated in a co-curricular activity and/or career pathway, and registered to vote before graduation.
For students needing support, ACHS has programs for English Language Development, college preparation, classroom support, and credit recovery. For example, AVID is for students in the academic middle with the desire and potential to go to college and the willingness to work hard to get there. This elective course offers college and career awareness, school success andorganizational skill-building, and tutorials. SPARK offers opportunities for students to re-learn material with teachers and/or peers after school, during lunch, or on Saturdays, and the OASIS/SOAR elective provides intensive daily support for students struggling to earn credits.
The Little Scorps Teaching and Learning Preschool, Visual and Performing Arts, Journalism, Broadcasting, Yearbook, Product Innovation and Design, Agriculture, Business, Leadership, Renaissance, Spirit, Athletics, and Technology programs offer students work-based learning and co-curricular experiences.
Having a positive school culture in which students and staff may thrive requires safety and discipline. ACHS takes academic integrity seriously, provide positive behavioral supports and interventions, and has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs (including unauthorized OTC and prescription drugs, smoking and vaping), weapons, fighting, graffiti, threats, theft, bullying, and inappropriate use of social media. Students may anonymously report knowledge of such infractions to any staff member, including the full-time School Resource Officer or member of the Administrative Team, or online at www.Sprigeo.com. In addition, the “We Tip” program through the City of Camarillo rewards students up to$50 for information that leads to arrests.