Homestead High School offers extensive academic and extracurricular experiences to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Homestead’s ability to offer such opportunities is supported in large part by the Homestead staff and community. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Homestead High School serves approximately 2,200 students from Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Los Altos. The community’s diversity is reflected by Homestead High School’s student population through a blend of ethnicities, cultures, socioeconomic and academic backgrounds. What is particularly impressive is the sense of community one feels when stepping onto the Homestead campus. Providing college preparatory education for all students provides staff the welcome challenge of meeting these diverse needs.
Having completed the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) endorsement process in 2018, Homestead High School is proud to include a six-year accreditation in its list of accomplishments. The Homestead staff and community remain committed to meeting the academic and nonacademic needs of all students, as is reflected in our WASC Action Plan and School Goals. We continue to develop strategies and resources, which will better prepare students who struggle academically.
Homestead’s diversity offers staff the opportunity to enlist rigorous and varied curriculum in an effort to engage and prepare all students for postsecondary opportunities. Homestead offers 17 Advanced Placement courses, 10 Honors courses and a host of courses specifically designed for special education students and English language learners, including 10 inclusion classes and 11 sheltered classes. Additionally, Homestead is also proud to host 13 Career Technical Education (CTE) courses, and more than 60 elective courses, allowing students to identify and pursue a variety of interests throughout their high school career. Nearly all of Homestead’s course offerings allow students the opportunity to fulfill the University of California A-G admission requirements. The success and rigor of Homestead’s courses and curricula is clearly represented on the recent California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests with 76 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in English and 72 percent in math.
To ensure high levels of learning for all students, the Homestead staff is committed to providing a guaranteed and rigorous curriculum through professional collaboration. By the end of the 2016-17 school year, Homestead sent more than 70 staff members to Solution Tree training and provided over three years of professional development to the entire staff in a variety of ways. Every department and course-alike team is actively engaged in creating essential learning outcomes, common formative and summative assessments, interventions and extensions of student learning through data analysis and creating SMART goals. Our school-wide Leadership Team meetings are dedicated to creating systematic interventions and reviewing schoolwide data to appropriately target areas of improvement. Homestead has also revamped the Student Assistance Team meetings to provide more access to students and to more critically focus on those students who need our help. Every staff member, both classified and certificated, is dedicated to the student learning process so that each and every student has a positive and nurturing experience while on our campus.