Welcome to Mountain Heights Academy,
I am proud to be returning to Mountain Heights Academy as the principal for the 2017-2018 school year. I have been a resident of the San Jacinto Valley for over thirty years; and have been a part of the San Jacinto Unified School District educational team since 1995. I maintain high expectations for our students and staff. I believe that maintaining a safe environment where teachers can teach and students can learn is the number one priority of all stakeholders. Working as a team is essential to the success of our students.
I plan to continue to work with students, families and staff to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment with a rigorous curriculum focusing on meeting A-G course standards. Students attending Mountain Heights Academy will continue to use critical thinking to overcome obstacles, and achieve their goals as we help to prepare them for college and career.
Starting this school year, we will be offering limited seats in our Mountain Heights Personalized Learning Academy where students will participate in a blended learning opportunity which includes independent on-line assignments at home and scheduled hands on laboratory activities on campus. This program is intended for the student who desires a college prep course of study in a non-traditional environment.
A flourishing aquaponics program began in 2014 with five classroom systems and the installation of a weather station. http://www.sanjacintoweather.com/
A sustainable living science center came to life in 2016, with the addition of two large outdoor aquaponics systems; solar, wind and bicycle power; raised-bed farming; a drought tolerant demonstration garden; and composting and worm farming. These are all being designed and created by our students, teachers and volunteers.
Parent participation is vital to our success. Many parents have expressed an interest in having an active role at Mountain Heights Academy. We are constantly on the lookout for family members who have time to give to the students of Mountain Heights Academy. There are several ways to get involved. We always need members on School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Committee, and help with our sustainable living center. Most of our volunteer opportunities involve filling out a volunteer packet which you can get from the front desk. After your packet is turned in and processed you will be notified to come in for the creation of your ID badge. This will allow you to volunteer on campus, in classrooms, and on field trips.
I encourage you to communicate with your child's teachers on a regular basis to ensure that you and your child are getting the most out of our educational environment. I am looking forward to getting to know the parents and students of Mountain Heights Academy and I am expecting a great school year.
Mr. Ken Swanson --Principal