Sanger is a city that exists in the agricultural heart of the Central Valley. It has an established agricultural connection that is echoed in every aspect of the community. The Blossom Trail and the Gateway to the Sequoias highlight the broad range of experiences that are available in Sanger. Sanger’s median income is $37,095.00, and it has a population of approximately 31,000. Sanger is a diversely populated city with a Hispanic population of 77%, 13.6% White, 4.3% Asian. This allows for a school district that prides itself in being culturally accepting and diversified while providing a wide range of experiences for all students.
The elementary and high school districts existed in Sanger as early as 1860, and Sanger Union High School’s first building was dedicated in 1901. The district unified in the late 1960’s. Sanger Unified has twenty schools, including three charter schools, an alternative education school, a community day school, a comprehensive high school, and an adult school.
Sanger Unified is a very unique district because of the diversity that is found within its boundaries. The district covers 180 square miles and serves a population of 31,000. Within the boundaries of Sanger Unified is the city of Sanger and the communities of Centerville, Del Rey, Fairmont, Lone Star, Tivy Valley and portions of the Sunnyside area of metropolitan Fresno. Attendance in the District’s schools currently totals approximately 11,000 students.
Sanger High School is the single comprehensive high school in the Sanger Unified School District. “Always with Pride” has been Sanger High School’s motto for more than a century. Sanger High School moved to its current location in January 2000. The beautiful school is spread over 60 acres and is comprised of 18 buildings, including a multimedia library and two updated computer labs, a multi-purpose building, and 9 classroom computer labs providing students with access to technology.
Sanger High School is excited about the development of four pathways including: Wonderful Agriculture, Project Lead the Way Engineering, Digital Media, and Education, with many more in development. Grants and industry partnerships have also allowed SHS to further develop CTE (Career and Technical Education) pathways. These partnerships have resulted in funding providing for additional portable classrooms, technology, and other upgrades to support student learning.
The present enrollment is approximately 2,893 with a student population including 71% Hispanic, 12% white, 13% Asian, 2% African American, and 2% other. The number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch is 75%. Sanger High School serves the district, community, and school’s needs in a variety of different functions.
Sanger High School has a commitment to excellence that is demonstrated in its collaborative approach to student learning. PLC’s collaborate to design curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of all learners. The transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has necessitated comprehensive curriculum changes at Sanger High School. These changes are guided by the school’s vision/mission and the Schoolwide Learning Outcomes (SLO's) established by Sanger High School.
The vision and mission statements in addition to the SLO's guide the culture of SHS. The recent changes from ESLR's to SLO's has allowed the campus to increase the focus on the CTE connection demanded by Common Core. Sanger High School’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) program aligns with the SLO's to create a climate that supports both diversity and acceptance.
Sanger High’s SLO's are embedded in the curriculum and highlighted in extra-curricular activities. The SLO's reflect a cultural change that promotes a rigorous curriculum and high expectations for all students. Incoming freshmen are introduced to SLO's and they are embedded in the daily routine on campus. The values demonstrated in the SLO's have become part of Sanger High’s belief system, and these values are present in every facet on the SHS campus.
The culminating activity of the SLO's is the Senior Portfolio is completed by all seniors as a graduation requirement. Student evidence of the mastery and understanding of the SLO's is highlighted in the Senior Portfolio through student work samples and narratives explaining how the SLO's have been achieved. Students must provide evidence that they are Solution Seekers, Honorable Citizens, and Skilled Communicators. By incorporating these values into all aspects of life at SHS, students are able to embody these values and exemplify them through their behavior.
Sanger High School will be a proactive school that embraces technological advancements to enhance student learning, instructional strategies, and curriculum development. Students will leave high school prepared for continuing education and pursuing careers with the ability to persevere through the challenges of an ever-changing and diverse world.
Sanger High School’s mission is to develop college and career ready, goal-oriented, responsible students through a rigorous, engaging, and positive learning environment that promotes creativity and diversity, cross-curricular connections, and a commitment to community.