SAN JACINTO VALLEY ACADEMY SCHOOL PROFILE
The state legislature created charter schools in 1992 to introduce, develop, and encourage classroom innovation. Charter schools afford educators, parents, and students the opportunity to develop approaches outside the traditional classroom environment.
Planning for the San Jacinto Valley Academy began with a core group of educators, parents and community leaders. On June 9, 1997, the San Jacinto Unified School District approved the charter school and our doors were opened to students on September 5, 1997.
In September 1997, a school with a vision was created and opened in a business section of downtown San Jacinto. Sixty-seven students, K-8, were divided into three classrooms sharing the same space in a small gray cement building. On the outside there was no hint that a school was opening, but inside a vision of developing lifelong learners using the inquiry method of instruction was being realized. This was the humble beginning of San Jacinto Valley Academy.
San Jacinto Valley Academy is a public, not private, tuition-free school for students Kindergarten through 12th grade serving students from throughout San Jacinto Valley, Hemet, and surrounding areas.
In August of 2008, school began on the 18 acre campus San Jacinto Valley Academy has occupied since 1999. At that time twenty-one classrooms, arranged in a rectangle around a grassy field comprise the school and provided a feeling of unity, equality, and community between elementary, middle, and high school that continues to exist today. Students sharing the beautiful campus include brothers, sisters, and cousins, which amplifies the prevailing sense of family and contributes to the feelings of togetherness and loyalty. It is no surprise that the Academy chose as their mascot, the wolf, which exemplifies the qualities of loyalty and intelligence, and exhibits a strong sense of family. SJVA’s school population has grown to 1,000 students since then. Since the addition of 9th grade in 2005, the school has continued to expand by adding one high school grade each year with 25 students in the Class of 2013, graduating, 34 students in the Class of 2014, and 37 will graduate in the Class of 2015.
As a college preparatory school, all high school students participate in a series of classes to fulfill CSU/UC college application requirements. Annually, all parents/guardians are welcome to complete an application for possible enrollment based on availability of openings. SJVA students apply to CSU’s, UC’s, as well as private colleges, both local and across the country.
San Jacinto Valley Academy has full accreditation from Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). SJVA teachers are fully credentialed. In 2009-10, SJVA was officially authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School, providing the IB Diploma Program. In 2013 SJVA Senior Andrea Franco earned the very first full IB Diploma of any student in the San Jacinto Valley. The IB program is geared to provide our high school Juniors and Seniors with preparation and academic readiness for college/universities.
San Jacinto Valley Academy is currently designed to serve students kindergarten through high school. The main focus of our educational program is to deepen students' awareness regarding their natural and social environment.