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Attending Hillside STEAM Academy 2020-21

Incoming School of Choice Students

Incoming 6th Grade Students - We will notify incoming 6th grade families of their acceptance to Hillside beginning March 2nd. Once you receive notification from us, we will direct you to select your child's electives online.

 

Incoming 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students - We will be communicating with incoming 7th and 8th grade families beginning March 2nd. Once you receive notification from us, we will direct you to select your child's electives online.

 

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The School of Choice applications are now available through the district website at the following link: www.simivalleyusd.org/SOC.

 

Hillside STEAM Academy is a neighborhood school.  All available seats above and beyond neighborhood enrollment follow School of Choice application rules.  

 

The following links will take you to forms that may be completed and submitted electronically (except for Junior/Transitional Kindergarten forms). Each form is available in English or Spanish. If you have questions, please email Dr. Jason Messinger at jason.messinger@simivalleyusd.org or ask at your current school. You may also call the Educational Services Department at the District Office at 805.306.4500, Extension 4200.

 

YOU ARE THE PARENT OF A CURRENT 5th GRADE STUDENT IN ANY OF OUR SCHOOLS: If your child is currently in 5th grade in one of our schools, please click ENGLISH or SPANISH to complete the Intent to Register form to let us know if you will keep your child at his or her current elementary school, or if you intend to enroll him or her in either your neighborhood middle school or a School of Choice for the 2019-2020 school year. 

 

YOU ARE THE PARENT OF A 6th GRADE ELEMENTARY STUDENT IN OUR SCHOOLS: If your child is currently in 6th grade at an ELEMENTARY school, please click ENGLISH or SPANISH to let us know if you will enroll your child at your neighborhood middle school or in a School of Choice for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

FOR NEXT YEAR'S MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: If your child is entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade from a school outside of the Simi Valley Unified School District, or if your child is a current 6th or 7th grade student at a Simi Valley middle school and you wish to change schools for the 2019-2020 school year, either to your neighborhood school or to a School of Choice, please click ENGLISH or SPANISH.

Once you have been accepted to Hillside through the School of Choice process, or you have confirmed that Hillside is your neighborhood school*, this page will help you navigate the enrollment process.

 

*Note: ALL 6th grade students must apply to attend Hillside through the School of Choice process.

Enrolling at Hillside STEAM Academy

If your child is new student in the Simi Valley Unified School District,  please complete an enrollment form and return it to the Counseling Office.

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Introduction Letter Carta de introducción
Enrollment Form Formulario de inscripción

 

Steps for Registration

Step # Task to Complete Link
1 For students NOT currently enrolled in a SVUSD school: Once accepted, download the Introduction Letter and Enrollment Form below. Complete and return all required documentation to our registrar, Wendy Hunter, in our Counseling Office.  
2 Once you have received confirmation that your child has been accepted at Hillside STEAM Academy: Review our Elective Descriptions to see which classes would be appropriate for your child. Click Here
3 For Incoming 6th Grade Students: Click the link to the right and complete the online form.  Please refer to the course descriptions in Step 2 when selecting courses.  Complete by March 15th Click Here
4A For Next Year's 7th and 8th Grade Students (currently enrolled at Hillside): Please see your counselor.

 

4B For Next Year's 7th and 8th Grade Students (NOT currently enrolled at Hillside): Click the link to the right and complete the online form.  Please refer to the course descriptions in Step 2 when selecting courses. Complete by March 15th.

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Some elective courses require applications and Advanced Performing Arts Courses require audition:

 

APPLICATIONS:

AUDITIONS: This is for ADVANCED Performing Arts Classes. All auditions will take place on April 4th.

  • Auditions to join Dance Ensemble (auditions not required for standard Dance class- only the ADVANCED Dance) for the 2020-2021 school year, schedule your audition HERE
  • Auditions to join Play Production programs for the 2020-2021 school year, schedule your audition HERE. Those signing up for an audition for Play Production need to review the following information HERE
  • Auditions for students who wish to join Concert Band or Strings for the 2020-2021 school year, schedule your audition HERE
  • Auditions for 7th & 8th grade students to join Choral Ensemble and Concert Choir for the 2020-2021 school year, schedule your audition HERE
 

 

Guideline for Priority Enrollment at Santa Susana High School

 

Hillside Middle to Santa Susana High School Through Priority Enrollment

 

Hillside families, please note that students not qualifying for priority enrollment into Santa Susana High School (SSHS) should still complete the School of Choice application on SSHS’s website.  Should SSHS receive more applications than there are spaces available, a lottery will be conducted to determine acceptance.  However, please note that SSHS are seeking to increase their enrollment and have been able to accept all general education students through the School of Choice application over the last two years.   Hillside Middle School students that meet the following criteria, complete a School of Choice application on SSHS’s website, and submit an online application (CLICK HERE) to Hillside by February 7 will be granted priority entrance into Santa Susana High School (SSHS) for the 2020-2021 school year if they have attended Hillside for two years, maintained an overall 3.0 GPA, complete a digital portfolio in an aligned area of emphasis and met one of the following: 

  • 1 year of an advanced visual art class (with an A each quarter)

    • Ceramics II A & B (full year), Drawing and Painting I & II (full year)

  • 1 year of an advanced music class (with an A each quarter)

    • Choral Ensemble A & B, Concert Choir A & B, Concert Band A & B, Concert Orchestra A & B

  • 1 year of an advanced dance class (with an A quarter)

    • Dance Ensemble A & B

  • 1 year of an advanced theater class (with an A each quarter)

    • Play Production A & B

  • 1 year of an advanced technology class (with an A each quarter)

    • Annual

    • Any two of the following: Computer Science II, Computer Programming, Website Design, Digital Photo II, Video Production, Digital Illustration & Design

  • For Legal Studies: Honors Social Studies 8 (with an A each quarter) AND 1 year Applied Legal Studies/Mock Trial (with an A each quarter)

  • For STEM Emphasis: Completion of Algebra I (with a B or higher each quarter) AND  “PASS” in the Aerospace/NASA and/or Robotics and Engineering OR Completion of Geometry (with a B or higher each quarter) AND “PASS” in the Aerospace/NASA and/or Robotics and Engineering

 Important Notes:

  • All students interested in attending Santa Susana High School (SSHS) must complete the online School of Choice Form. The deadline for priority and lottery, if there are more applications than available spaces, is February 28th at 4:00 PM.

  • Students meeting the Hillside criteria outlined above will have priority enrollment over other students if a lottery takes place.

  • Students not qualifying for priority enrollment into SSHS may still be selected through the regular lottery process. Again, please note that SSHS are seeking to increase their enrollment and have been able to accept all general education students through the School of Choice application over the last two years.

  • Students transferring to Hillside Middle School in seventh or eighth grade from outside of the Simi Valley Unified School District may still be eligible for priority enrollment into SSHS by:

    • Taking STEAM-based electives at their prior school each year. If STEAM-based electives were not available at their previous school, provide a letter detailing how your child participated in STEAM activities outside of the school day.

    • Providing a transcript that documents a 3.0 overall GPA and STEAM electives.

    • Meeting the criteria listed above while at Hillside Middle School.