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With Fewer Students, CVHS Cuts Classes

Capo Valley students to experience big schedule changes a month into school because of declining enrollment.

More than a month after school has started, Capistrano Valley High School has to make some changes to the schedule and cut three of its 424 classes.

In a letter from Principal Kevin Astor, penned last week but emailed to parents Monday, he explains that enrollment is down this year, which requires some serious schedule changes.

“As we look to provide the best possible education for all of our students, we maintain staffing ratios based on attendance and enrollment projections,” Astor wrote. “At this point the enrollment is lower than we had previously expected which will result in the reduction of our staffing allotment.”

According to a presentation made last month to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, Capo Valley High’s enrollment is down 6.8 percent this year over last, with just under 2,500 students at the start of school in September.

In addition, class sizes are larger this year, across all grades, requiring fewer teachers, according to the budget the board passed in June.

Astor said the changes will impact students in several ways. Besides the elimination of the three periods of classes – whose course titles were not provided – some students may suddenly have a new teacher for a current course. Other classes may have additional students join them.

“We know that any time there is a schedule change after the beginning of the school year, it may cause some temporary anxiety,” Astor wrote. “As an educational team we attempt to minimize anxiety and to reduce the levels of stress that can accompany change.”

Capo Parent October 08, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Enrollment decline has been anticipated for the last few years so why is the principal at CVHS now waking up to that reality? The decline in enrollment and the need to reduce classes should have been known months ago and the students & parents at CVHS advised of the same months ago. Another example of how mismanaged CUSD is.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Besides declining enrollment, there was a shift in population, as more families chose to enroll in San Juan Hills, which saw an 8 percent increase in student population.
Alberto Barrera October 09, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Too many students at San Juan Hills, CVHS can take some!
rbmom October 09, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Parents who don't communicate with the school as to where they are attending school caused this. Last I checked, mind reading isn't a realistic expectation.
cusd mom October 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I think it is finally catching up to CVHS that they have been a "donor" school to many of the high schools in this district. Whenever a new school would open up, teachers would transfer. It is common knowledge that the principal of San Juan Hills, who came from CVHS, recruited CVHS teachers for SJHHS. Also, for years the school went without a pool and a real theater. Moving students around a month after school has started definitely lowers the morale of the students and parents.
Capo Parent October 09, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Huh? Your post makes no sense. You expect CVHS to delve into demographics in order to find out how many students will actually be attending CVHS and to know which classess need to be cut or eliminated? That's CUSD's job, not the parents job.
S November 28, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Just wanna say that kids at San Juan hills don't share lockers. At CVHS..... Our kids share lockers their Frosh and Soph years! Crazy! And there are ridiculous student parking regulations! ! with no bus options! My son is a senior and he has been able to park in the "sr lot" once! And we drive 20 minutes each way to get to our high school when MvHS IS 4 minutes from our house! So if CVHS IS LOSING KIDS..., GreAt!!! We are impacted ! and have been for years! i CVHS was built to accommodate 1000 kids and we have 3600! REALLY! This schools parking lot was created when we all had school district bus service so the kids didn't drive to school as much as they do now! Is Obama gonna give us " hope " for this too?! Can't afford the local private school!

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