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Chandler superintendent: Judge us by our graduates

July 20th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Chandler superintendent: Judge us by our graduates
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By DR. CAMILLE CASTEEL

Chandler Unified Superintendent

As we make final preparations for the start of the 2018-19 school year, I want to take this opportunity to provide a few updates.

Our visionary governing board is determined to make Chandler Unified the top school district in the nation through our 10-year strategic plan, Journey 2025, which focuses on four areas: outstanding students, world-class employees, organizational culture and effective resource management.

Every year, the bar is raised higher, but our staff proves to be up for the challenge, as attested by our score in excess of 90 points on last year’s metrics. You can view our progress on our website at cusd80.com.

In order to meet those high standards, our teachers and staff work hard to prepare students for life and career, create diverse paths for learning, create global understanding, provide student-centered learning and engage parents in the success of their child. Our students are problem solvers, engaged learners, service-oriented and ethical, and they value diversity and think critically and creatively.

This year, we are adding two new positions to provide resources for our staff to assist students. Dr. Adama Sallu has been named our director of equity and inclusion, and Brenda Ramos has been appointed director of counseling and social services. Dr. Sallu joins us from Arizona State University. Mrs. Ramos has a proven track record as a counselor at Andersen Junior High and assistant principal at Hamilton High.

We are proud to be the educational provider for families of more than 45,000 students from parts of Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek.

In CUSD, parents may choose from a menu of personalized learning experiences that best meet the needs of their children. We know you have choices, and we work hard to ensure a safe, learning environment for students with many backgrounds and learning styles.

We are known as a premier district of choice. Academic achievement is a high priority in the district, as evidenced by test scores that exceed state and national averages. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding educational programs at all grade levels, including:

• Free full-day kindergarten

• K-8 self-contained gifted programs (Chandler Academically Talented Students)

• Knox Gifted Academy

• Traditional academies

• Mandarin Chinese and Spanish language immersion programs

• Elite Performance Academy for our serious young student-athletes

• Accelerated Middle School

• STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) diploma

• Nationally recognized academic, fine arts and athletic programs

• College preparatory advanced placement instruction

• Accelerated International Baccalaureate study

• Science and biotech classes that promote critical thinking

• Chandler On-line program

• Access to a variety of preschool and afterschool programming

• and much more.

Judge us by the graduates we produce.

In addition to state and national honors in academics, fine arts and sports, CUSD’s 2018 graduating class earned more than $136 million in college scholarship offers, 33,495 college credit hours and 107,117 service learning hours! Please visit our website for an extensive list of accomplishments.

As you can see, I am very proud of our students and dedicated staff. I am so confident that we can find the right school environment for your child that I invite you to contact my office at 480-812-7600, so that my staff and I can assist with placement for this year.

-Dr. Camille Casteel is the superintendent of Chandler Unified School District.

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