Esperanza High has been successfully serving Gridley for 45 years! This unique program enrolls students who are at least 16 years old, and in the 11th or 12th grade. Some of our students enroll because they are credit deficient, but that is not a requirement. Esperanza is often chosen because of its smaller school environment setting, with an average student/teacher ratio of 15 to 1. Some students who struggle in a comprehensive or larger school setting, thrive at Esperanza. Others enroll because they have urgent obligations as in needing to work or care for their own child, which is why the Esperanza Program was created. It is no coincidence that our school is called "Esperanza" which translates in Spanish to "HOPE!"
Esperanza is currently approaching the mid-point in the WASC Accrediation process. Accredidation validates the strength of our program both academically and in positive school culture, and our diploma will be accepted by any university. Our diploma currently permits enrollment at a community college (i.e. Butte/Yuba College), trade schools such as UTI, and the military; eligible students may transfer to a CSU/UC (i.e. CSU Chico/Sacramento, for example). That is one of the basic differences between a "comprehensive" diploma (i.e. Gridley HS, Biggs HS, etc.) and a "continuation" diploma (i.e. Esperanza HS).
Esperanza enjoys 1:1 computer technology, thus supporting the 100% on-line coursework for credit recovery and other core course projects and assignments. Teachers work closely with students during each period, and also support the strong number of students who come back in the afternoon for additional help.
Student safety is our number one priority. Students are never left unattended and we have a closed campus policy for break time. When students do leave campus for P.E., both of the teachers accompany them. Basically, your student is well-supervised during school hours.
Despite the active misgivings about "Esperanza kids" please keep in mind that our students are the same as students from larger high schools who prefer a smaller setting to reach the shared goal of a high school diploma. Esperanza enjoys a diverse student population, and it is often this diversity that creates the atmosphere that emphasizes student growth and academic progress where other settings have not been successful for the student. Students are enjoying the new focus on College and Career Readiness for our third-period elective courses, and there are guest speakers and field trips throughout the year to support this program.
One of our greatest joys is developing a trusting relationship with our students and parents. We have an "open door" policy and encourage parents to drop by unnanounced to check up on their student or address any questions or concerns they may have. We welcome your questions, and are happy to schedule an orientation session to demonstrate how Esperanza can support your child with a meaningful education in a safe and supportive environment.
Certificated staff: 3
Current enrollment: 42
Location: 581B Jackson St., Gridley, CA 95948
Esperanza School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Graduation Requirements: 220 credits is required from any high school program of the Gridley Unified School District.
The CAHSEE requirement has been suspended by the State of California with the passage of current law SB172. Students are no longer being tested in CAHSEE Math/English and it is not required for a diploma.