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Sonora High School
401 S Palm St
La Habra, CA 90631



Sonora High School Vision and Mission Statements

Vision Statement

Sonora High School is a diverse community dedicated to the academic, personal, and social growth of all student learners within a student-centered environment. Sonora High School encourages students to become life-long learners and contributing members of a democracy in an ever-changing world.

Mission Statement

1. Sonora High School promotes the success of all students in an atmosphere of mutual respect and caring by the following means:

Educating students to their individual learning potential;
Fostering in each student an acceptance of ethnic and cultural diversity;
Promoting school spirit and school loyalty; and,
Instilling within each student a commitment to the values of community and the American democratic society.

2. Sonora High School strives for excellence in academics, activities, athletics, and service by:

Providing academically challenging programs for students with different interests and abilities;
Providing a challenging array of curricular, extra-curricular, aesthetic, and athletic programs;
Providing the tools to access, evaluate and use information from a variety of technological sources.
Equipping students with the skills necessary for a successful transition to college and/or work.

Sonora High School History

Sonora High School was originally built on forty-two acres on the eastern side of La Habra and opened to ninth and tenth graders in 1966, becoming a full, four-year senior high school in 1968. The school garnered a number of architectural design awards at its inception, with its nearly entirely indoor, but very open, classroom arrangement. This design, at the time, was considered the epitome of a learning environment that would meet the needs of students, staff and the community while maximizing opportunities for student learning. Ten wings, a gymnasium/locker room/pool complex, a food services area, a lecture hall / amphitheater arrangement, and the school offices all surround three large indoor “commons” areas, in the middle of which is the library/media center. As times and educational philosophies changed, the school began adding doors to the various classrooms in the wings. Today, nearly all classrooms have doors, with the exception of the 420 Science Wing. Most staff feel that this has enhanced the ability of their students to concentrate on their learning, paving the way for higher achievement.

Nevertheless, the indoor environment overall has been most favorable from the point of view of safety and togetherness. With limited points of entry to the campus, it is much easier to keep track of both students and visitors. Also, the somewhat forced togetherness has led to the distinctive sense of community among the students, staff and parents at the school. This pervasive culture has no doubt been a major factor in the recognition by the state as a California Distinguished School four times, in 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2007.

The Sonora High School Community

Sonora High School is one of seven high schools in the Fullerton Union High School District, located in North Orange County and serving students from the cities of La Habra, Fullerton, and Brea. The area served by Sonora could be described as a suburban community with growing commercial activity, but with limited industry. Members of the community are mostly middle socio-economic professional, managerial, and skilled workers. Sonora is a comprehensive four-year high school with an enrollment of approximately 2000 students. Sonora High School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. From the class of 2006, 30% of the graduating class will be attending four-year colleges and 50% will be attending community colleges. Several unique programs have been implemented at Sonora — the International Baccalaureate Honors Program, the Scope, Sequence and Coordination Science Program, Medical Careers Academy, JROTC and AVID.