Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District offers Lovell High as an alternative placement for students who are not successful at the comprehensive high school. Our Alternative Schools are safe, secure and accepting of our students while receiving an education that is standards based, rigorous and relevant.
Lovell High School transitioned to a continuation school in 1969. Lovell student population consists of approximately 83 students, six full time teachers (including one resource teacher), two Instructional Aides, one secretary, lead custodian and night custodian, campus security, Learning Director and Principal (all shared with the Community Day and Independent Studies schools).
There are students who are initally referred to LHS through the Student Discipline Review Board (SARB.) There are also a variety of other reasons, including credit deficiencies and attendance behavior problems. Students who are deemed “at risk” of not graduating are discussed at the Student Transfer meeting which is held on a quarterly basis with both schools participating. School counselors, receiving schools principal as well as the Director of Student Service are in attendance.
LHS is dedicated to providing personalized instruction for all students, as well as to providing an individual plan for all students to be successful college-to-career graduates.
LHS strives to provide students with an alternate educational opportunity. Small class sizes and a holistic approach to student learning provide students with a support system to facilitate student success. Students at LHS have typically struggled with the traditional setting of a large traditional high school. They see greater success in the flexibility and supportive program provided in an alternative setting. It is because of this approach that a number of students who enroll at LHS choose to graduate at LHS and not return to the traditional comprehensive high school.
Lovell’s teachers are committed, caring teachers who show patience and a caring attitude every day to our students. Lovell High School is dedicated to ensure that all students are college- and career-ready, have mastered all the necessary skills needed are actively involved in their education planning. Students will be prepared, responsible citizens. Students will also acquire the best educational plans so that they can become successful, independent adults who are ready for College and have mastered the Graduate outcomes and district-wide instructional expectations.
Through hard work and perseverance, Lovell High School will be a place where all students will be successful, productive adults, able to fulfill their educational goals, as well as contribute to a productive society.
The mission of LHS reads:
Cutler Orosi Unified Alternative Schools
offer a challenging learning environment
that is safe, secure and accepting.
The LHS goal is to provide every student with a quality education and a High School Diploma, and for our students to be college- and career-ready ladies and gentlemen.
The core curriculum correlates to the state standards, and teachers use the same curriculum that is used at the comprehensive high school. The majority of our students are full-day students, while others have a modified schedule based on student needs. The teacher-to-student ratio is 1 teacher to approximately 18 students. The smaller number of students per class provides the opportunity for teachers to get to know the students, which in turn builds a strong working relationship in the classroom. The small student-to-staff ratio provides the opportunity for students to receive the necessary attention for success.
LHS curriculum is designed around the California standards. Teachers post and share the Lesson Target daily. The staff ensures that all students will be able to meet school-wide expectations by adapting lessons which embrace the varying learning modalities of our students. Such variety in lessons gives auditory learners, visual learners, and kinesthetic learners the opportunity to experience a rigorous standards-based curriculum while not feeling overwhelmed by the academic process. The district's technology department provides administration and staff with access to concise student achievement data reports, such as results from the SBAC, benchmarks, CELDT and other assessments. LHS uses this student achievement data to initiate and revise lesson plans, their pacing guides and the master schedule that focus on all students achieving the expected school-wide learning results, academic standards and college-to-career goals.
LHS students are offered a variety of curriculum to meet their graduation requirements. In order to graduate, students must successfully complete 200 credits in the required and elective courses (220 starting with incoming tenth graders), Along with the core curriculum, LHS offers credit recovery using Cyber High, Concurrent Enrollment with the independent studies program, Naviance, and the After School program, including team sports.
LHS appreciates the technological demands that will be placed upon students during as well as after exiting high school. In order to prepare students for such demands, each classroom is equipped with internet-capable computers (including a computer cart of 30 Chromebooks). Our students are able to use these to research, work on credit recovery, google docs, as well as write their scholarship letters. We are working towards acquiring computers for every student at LHS. There is a computer in one classroom, as well as 20 computers in the library for students. Every classroom is equipped with an LCD projector and document camera.
The school year is divided into four quarters or two semesters. The school day consists of seven 45 minute periods. The twelve-week trimester system works well for the students because they can see their educational goals being met at a faster rate.
WASC accreditation allows students opportunities after graduation, such as:
qualify for financial aid
the ability to enlist in the Military and attend a two-year then transfer to a four-year college.
LHS was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the spring of 2011 and re-accredited in the Spring of 2014.
Lovell High School is located approximately 18 miles east of the 99 freeway, west of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and conveniently located near Sequoia National Park, surrounding lakes and countryside views.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Laura M. Barba, Alternative Education Administrator at (559) 528-4703.