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Ginger Johnson
Associate Superintendant Education Service
Modesto City Schools

Modesto City Schools provides a rigorous and relevant K-12 instructional program that provides the potential for all students to achieve.  Our goal is clear: A diploma in every hand; a rewarding career in every future; . . . a contributing member of our global society.

Twenty-three elementary schools (grades K-6) provide self-contained classrooms with a classroom ratio of 20 to 1 in grades 1 through 3 and 34 students in grades 4 through 6.  Standards-based instruction (standards, assessments, curriculum, instruction, instructional materials and intervention) is aligned with the core subject areas of Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  Modesto City Schools offers programs such as Gifted and Talented Education, After-School Programs, single gender classes, and an Open Plan instructional setting.  Staffs are knowledgeable about and can interact successfully with Modesto’s diverse cultures regarding children’s educational experiences.  We care about students and their families and are interested in creating a sense of belonging and community among students, parents, and staff.

Students at Modesto City Schools’ junior high schools are exposed to a rigorous curriculum derived from the California State Content Standards.  Courses include: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and an electives program that includes a number of different options such as Exploring Technology, Computer Technology, Wood Shop, Spanish,  AVID, Journalism Yearbook, Band,  Orchestra, and Chorus.  The Gifted and Talented curriculum is offered in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Students that need specific instruction to support individual needs may qualify for programs that include English Learners for all levels, special education, and support/intervention classes in Language Arts and Math.  After school tutoring is available in all core content areas on a regular basis.  Extra-curricular activities include many different sports for both boys and girls. In addition, there are an active WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) programs and Academic Achievement Recognition programs at all junior high schools.

Modesto City Schools high schools provide a variety of standards-based academic courses and programs that meet the needs and interests of our high school students, including:  the International Baccalaureate program; Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), which provides academic support, tutoring, college awareness activities, and teambuilding to make college entrance a possibility for all students, including those typically underrepresented; Advanced Placement; Fine Arts academy - Modesto High Entertainment Technology Training (MHETT); Orchestra; Choir; FFA; Yearbook and Newspaper programs; the Renaissance program; Forensic and Biotechnical Academy; Graphic Design; Pre-Veterinary Science Pathway.  In addition, our academic competitive teams (such as Science Olympiad, Speech, Academic Decathlon), band and sports programs have received regional, state and/or national acclaim.  There are also specially designed education programs available to meet the needs of our diverse student population, such as the Advance Path Academy for students needing credit recovery, and a school with Smaller Learning Communities designed to increase personalization of working/learning relationships between teachers and students.  There is a place in Modesto City High Schools to challenge and enrich all of our students.