The William S. Hart Union High School District is located in the Santa Clarita Valley in the northern part of Los Angeles County and serves 7th through 12th grades with an annual budget of nearly $260 million. Nearly 22,000 students are enrolled in the district's seven comprehensive high schools, continuation school, middle college high school, independent study school, six junior high schools, adult school, and Regional Occupational Program.
Hart High School, Sierra Vista Junior High School and Rancho Pico Junior High School were named California Distinguished Schools in 2013 and Golden Valley High School and Arroyo Seco Junior High School have received the honor in prior years. Arroyo Seco Junior High School received the designation of National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence while Bowman High School has been named a California Model Continuation School consistently since 2001. Hart High School was designated as an Exemplary Arts Program as part of the Distinguished School review by the California Department of Education in 2013. The Hart School District has also won the coveted Golden Bell Award for its diversity awareness and anti-bullying programs, its summer Intensive Literacy Program, its exemplary physical education program at Sierra Vista Junior High and in October 2013 for the drug and alcohol education and prevention program. Newsweek recognized Hart, West Ranch and Valencia High Schools in the top 1,000 schools in the country of more than 30,000 schools; U.S. News recognized Hart, West Ranch, Saugus, Valencia and Canyon High Schools in the top 1,000 based on their criteria in their annual Best High Schools in America report; U.S. News also recognized Academy of the Canyons and Learning Post in the top tier of alternative schools and The Washington Post recognized Hart, West Ranch and Valencia High Schools in the top 1,000 schools based on their criteria. These national recognitions were announced in spring of 2013. The Hart School District boasts more than 90% of students going on to pursue a post-secondary education opportunities. The District's dropout rate is less than 3%. Students receive more than $25 million in academic scholarships each year from colleges and universities throughout the country.
The Hart School District Academic Performance Index score and fitness scores consistently rank in the top tier of districts of its size in Los Angeles County and the State of California. Extra-curricular programs including athletics and performing arts are available on all campuses and are regionally, state and nationally recognized as award-winning and provide exceptional opportunities for students beyond the classroom. Athletic teams in the Hart School District have earned multiple CIF and State championships. Numerous students have earned Division I scholarships and several student athletes have gone on to successful professional athletic careers.
The Hart School District has a commitment to providing students with the necessary training and skills to be successful in the world of work. More than 90% of Hart District graduates go on to post-secondary education, enrolling in a four-year college or university or a two-year community college, including career technical programs.
Students and families can feel confident knowing that all campuses are safe environments and that safety and security of students and staff is the #1 priority of the Hart School District.