CNUSD’s Home Gardens Academy will move from K-6 to K-8 format beginning the 2012-13 school year.

Administrators look forward to bringing in new technology, and increased opportunities for career and college preparation. Home Gardens also hopes to retain the community school environment with one-on-one connections and exceptional parental involvement.

“We’ve been able to look at a lot of research showing that students coming from K-8 are more prepared for high school than those coming from K-6,” said Home Gardens Academy principal Cassandra Willis.

The new school format brings with it new teachers, programs and technology, including a robotics course, a video production program, a choir club, an expanded band program and honors classes. Home Gardens also has a new technology center and will be introducing ipads into classroom instruction.

Home Gardens will also offer an extensive program for college and career preparedness, allowing students to identify their skills, match them up with a potential career, and practice creating their own business.

“With K-8, I see endless opportunities,” said Willis.

Willis assures students and families that Home Gardens has a solid plan to move students from the new K-8 school with only about 200 kids up to Santiago High School with nearly 4,000. The plan includes regular visits to the Santiago campus and presentations by high school teachers.

Seventh graders will begin at the school in 2012, and eighth grade will be added the following year.

Although a neighborhood school, admission to the 7th and 8th grade programs at Home Gardens Academy will be by transfer. For information about submitting a transfer request, please visit or call (951) 736-3219.

CNUSD Public Relations

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