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Our Mission

Sierra High School is a place where students have a second opportunity to achieve academic success. To bring this aspiration into reality we:

  • model and build good relationships
  • develop skills and knowledge
  • foster independent thinking in a safe environment

Our School

Sierra High School is a fully accredited California Model Continuation High School serving students 16 years of age and older. Although some students are placed at Sierra for disciplinary reasons, most are placed because they are behind in credits and need specialized attention within an alternative educational environment.  Students may also choose Sierra as an alternative to attending a comprehensive high school.  Sierra High School is on a trimester system which allows students to enroll in up to six courses each session.  Students may earn up to 90 credits per year, giving them an increased opportunity to earn the 220 credits required for a high school diploma.  In addition to full time enrollment at Sierra, students may earn additional credits through the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and through the Azusa Adult School.

Central to the school’s philosophy is the belief that provided a personalized, caring, and enriched environment students will develop to their fullest potential.  The ultimate goal of Sierra High School is to develop a person who is willing to accept and display the responsibilities of good citizenship and to perform satisfactorily as a contributing member of our society.

GATE students in Mrs. Stricklin's Exploring Art class created cardboard chairs and benches that could hold 150-200 pounds.  A contest was held at lunch time to determine the winner.  The judging criteria was visual appeal and overall strength.  Chair #3, with the word "bench" on it, was the winner.  The designers and creators won an In-n-Out lunch as a reward.

During lunch today, 2/22/16, Ms. Sainz gave students the opportunity to exchanged "R-Bucks" for treats.  Students were able to choose between soups, candy, cookies, or vendor coupons.  Ms. Sainz and her "R-Bucks" collection bucket are always a welcome site for staff and students.

Message from Principal Paul Hernandez


I am honored and excited to be back as Principal of Sierra High School.  Sierra High School serves the needs of our students by offering proven and effective alternative programs including: a six-period day for continuation high school students, The Underdog Mural program, a competitive sports league, and  the Student Opportunity for Academic Recovery program (S.O.A.R.).  We are proud of our diverse programs and commitment to preparing students for work or college.  Our highest priorities are to improve reading, writing, and mathematics skills.  Please feel free to email me or stop by at your convenience.

phernandez@azusa.org