Dr. Mendoza Leaving Venice

Principal Elsa Mendoza has accepted a new position as Administrator of Option School Principal Support for ESC West and in her new position she will be working with different principals to increase the focus and support  students need in alternative programs.

“ It is disappointing to see our well, respected principal leave. She will be dearly missed and it’s also a mystery to see who will be the future of this school,” said Auto Shop Arnold Winston.

During the four-plus years Dr. Mendoza lead Venice, Venice High School reached the following goals:

yearly API growth

met academic yearly progress goals in 2013

expansion of AP course offerings

increased parental involvement

specificly from the community school

implementation of the STEm magnet

significant increase of the English Learner Reclassification rate

the school received a six-year WASC accreditation and increased graduation rate (26 point increase from 2013-2014).

Dr. Mendoza will begin her new role of administrator in Jan. 2015.

A site selection committee participate in the process to select a new principal. (Mendoza and school community have been working on with Instructional Director Jaime Morales.) A temporary principal will start in the spring semester but will remain until a permanent principal is hired.

“I’m glad Dr. Mendoza has been giving the chance to be a part of a higher position,” said Assistant Principal Rene Maza.