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High School Academies:

Capistrano Unified has enhanced the challenging standards-based curriculum with specialized academies at its high schools. The academy concept offers students a firm foundation in specific areas of study while providing them with valuable hands-on learning opportunities. These specialized studies help to prepare students for future endeavors, whether college, a career, or both. The academies are successful and popular due both to the instructional staff and to the numerous business partners in south Orange County who lend their expertise, time, money and resources to help the programs grow.


Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo

  • Culinary Arts Academy

Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo

  • Academy of Mathematics, Technology, and Science (ATMS)

Dana Hills High School in Dana Point

  • Health and Medical Occupations Academy
  • South Orange County School of the Arts

San Clemente High School in San Clemente

  • Automotive Technology Partnership Academy

Tesoro High School near Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Academy of Industrial Design and Engineering


For more information please contact the appropriate school site.


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Homeless Student Program:

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is TItle X, Part C of the No Child Left Behind Act. This legislation ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full and equal access to an appropriate public education and that they experience success in school.

You are guaranteed enrollment in school by the federal McKinney-Vento Act and California state law if you live:

  • In a shelter (family, youth or domestic violence shelter; or transitional living program)
  • In a motel, hotel, or weekly rate housing
  • In a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss
  • In an abandoned building, in a car, at a campground, or on the street
  • In substandard housing (without electricity, water, or heat)
  • With friends or family because you are a runaway or an unaccompanied youth

 If you live under any of these conditions, you may enroll or attend school even if you lack:

  • School Records
  • Legal guardianship papers
  • A permanent residence
  • Immunization records or tuberculosis skin-test results 

You may:

  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which you are able
  • Continue to attend the school in which you were last enrolled
  • Receive transportation back to your school of origin
  • Qualify for child nutrition programs

 For questions or assistance with enrollment, please contact your school office or the District Homeless Liaison at (949) 234-9297.

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International Baccalaureate Program:

Carl Hankey, San Clemente, and Capistrano Valley High Schools offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program to their students. There are more than 425 member schools worldwide, including 180 public and private schools in the United States and Canada.

The rigorous, comprehensive high school curriculum spans two years and consists of courses in language, science, mathematics, individuals and societies, and several electives. Candidates for the IB Diploma must demonstrate both subject content mastery and skills development.

Colleges and universities throughout the world recognize the academic integrity and intellectual rigor of the IB Program. For more information on this advanced offering, call San Clemente High at (949) 492-4165 or Capistrano Valley High at (949) 364-6100.


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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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