Welcome to the William S. Hart Union High School District home page. The Hart District has a very long and interesting history. While most people are aware that the Hart District is named for cowboy movie star, author, and philanthropist William S. Hart, most are not aware that the District was originally christened Santa Clarita Union High School District on January 30, 1945. According to District records, substantiated by local historians, the District name was officially changed on October 16, 1945, some eight and a half months after its formation. Prior to the formation of the District and subsequent construction of Hart High School, high school students residing in the Santa Clarita Valley were bused to San Fernando High School. The first graduating class from Hart High School totaled 75 students, and became known as the "49ers," reflecting their graduation year of 1949. This past June the Hart District graduated nearly 3,800 students from the District's 10 high school campuses and programs.
The Hart District boundaries encompass 370 square miles, which includes the City of Santa Clarita as well as the unincorporated areas of Castaic, Sand Canyon, Stevenson Ranch, and Westridge. The District oversees the operation of six junior high schools, six comprehensive high schools, and four alternative high school sites. The current school district population is roughly 23,000 students in grades 7-12. The William S. Hart Union High School District is proud to be ranked highest in academic achievement when compared to all high school districts in California with at least 20,000 students.
The Hart District comprehensive high schools are well known for being well rounded programs that focus on strong post high school preparation in addition to the outstanding athletic and visual and performing arts programs. Recently the Hart District developed two new exciting programs to enhance the opportunities for student learning, Hart @ Home and online credit recovery. Hart @ Home was designed for families that traditionally home school their students. The significant characteristics of Hart @ Home that makes it different from other home schooling programs is the strength of the Hart name and the substantial resources available to support student learning. Most notably, a student enrolled in the Hart @ Home program may take advanced Science and or Math at their school of residence on a space available basis. Our credit recovery program, scheduled to kick off this fall, will allow students to continue progress towards graduation while making up failed classes via online coursework without interrupting their normal schedule.
I personally invite you to make an appointment with your neighborhood junior high school or high school Principal to learn more about what makes the Hart District schools outstanding. We have excellent teachers, support staff, and administrators that take great pride in the success of our young people. To find out more information about the Hart District please visit the individual department and/or school site web pages located at www.hartdistrict.org.