August 25, 2013
Along the western shore of the Salton Sea in Southern California lies a secluded conglomerate of bright yellow buildings known to the desert community as West Shores High/Middle Schools, home to approximately 350 students in grades 7-12. The campus also serves as a home for the general community maintaining a sense of camaraderie for the local population. The beauty of this community comes from its diversity of migrant workers, hispanic families, African Americans, caucasians, and more. The people are down-to-earth and loving folks with dreams of a better future for their children. That is where West Shores comes into play. A short three years ago, our school earned the not-so-proud designation of being within the lowest academic performing schools in the State of California. Many changes and challenges came along with that title. Administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and, most importantly, students bandied together to make changes. After the School Improvement Grant ran out, we all succeeded in turning around the school, particularly in the academic state scoring. We topped a list of high schools within our own school district. Our goals and dreams for student success remain.
- submitted by a teacher