I would like to welcome everyone to Fernando R. Ledesma High School. This school year promises to be an exciting one, full of change and growth with a great staff who is willing to work with the students and help them achieve their maximum potential. We congratulate those students who have graduated and continued their higher education. We are proud of their contributions to the community.
I am honored to be principal of Fernando R. Ledesma High School. I have spent the last twenty-nine years in various roles as a teacher, counselor, and principal at this school, meeting many wonderful students and colleagues along the way. I have always had an open-door philosophy in my classroom and in the counseling office and plan to continue with this in my role as principal. I guarantee that you will find our campus second to none and one of the safest and welcoming school environments you will encounter. Parents, students, staff, and community members are always welcome in my office. We are all here to serve the students. It is the school's mission to provide students with a personalized alternative education program in a safe, caring environment that focuses on state and district instructional standards, enabling students to develop into successful, productive citizens. The school realizes that many students need a second chance and that is what we are about. The school strives to create a nurturing environment where all students feel they are welcomed and supported in pursuing their educational and personal goals. Many former students return to the school to share their college and professional success stories. We look forward to having many students from the graduating class return and share their success stories as well.
Our school has implemented many El Monte Union High School District initiatives which include; EMUHSD Community Committed to College and Career and the One on One Initiative for Chrome Books and Macintosh computers. With the support of EMUHSD every student on our campus has access to technology in every classroom. We pride ourselves in being innovative in technology and bringing our students a rigorous curriculum that will help them be successful on their return to a comprehensive high school or college.
The staff at FRLHS has made social and emotional health a priority for everyone. Students have access to a number of local services on campus and in our community. Our families are very important to us and it is imperative that they feel comfortable and have clear, effective communication with our school. This year we had the opportunity to celebrate Model School status for the third time and a Six Year WASC award for the fifth time in a row. This would not be possible without the strong relationship we have with our students, staff, community and district office.
The school promises a commitment to excellence and helping all students achieve their goals. The success a student has is a direct result of the effort and dedication they put into the tasks and challenges ahead. I hope you find your stay at FRLHS not only a great experience, but your best educational experience.
Remember, "Just learn, baby."