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"Education as a Lifestyle"
Parents, Students, Tracy Area Community Members, and all others interested in TAHS, as the TAHS principal I am committed to and passionate about the education TAHS has to offer our students.
Tracy Area Public Schools has a strong tradition of high expectations for students and staff. TAHS has been ranked in the top 10% of our nation's schools by US news and World Report which reinforces our belief that TAHS offers a valuable, rigorous and relevant education to all students. Outstanding academic programs along with competitive extra-curricular and co-curricular activities combine to provide a nurturing educational environment for all students. We pride ourselves in having courses and co-curricular opportunities that give every student a chance to excel in a positive, safe, and healthy environment. I welcome all new and returning students to TAHS for another exciting year of learning and growing.
The school day will start at 8:02 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Each student will participate in 7 classes and one study hall lasting 45 minutes each. TAHS provides a wide variety of classes to broaden student's interests and expose them to more possibilities to enhance their education and future.
Students in 7th and 8th grade will have math, English, science, social studies, technology and physical education/health classes to enhance their skills to prepare them for a more competitive and demanding high school and vocational or college curriculum. They will also able to enjoy the art, FACS, industrial technology, music, band, choir and agriculture classes offered in the past.
Students in grades 9-12 will be able to choose from a variety of opportunities. As students move up the academic ladder more opportunities will be available each year.
Upperclassmen at TAHS will be offered AP (Advanced Placement) courses. AP courses are challenging courses offered at the high school, preparing students for college. College credit may also be earned by passing the AP test, taken by all AP enrolled students in the spring. AP courses will be offered in Human Geography and European History.
A wide range of College Now courses will also be available through the challenge program at SMSU. Students may earn college credit through SMSU by taking these classes taught by TAHS teachers. College Now courses will be offered in college English 12 (Rhetoric), college English 11 (fundamentals of public speaking), college algebra, college pre-calculus, college biology, college foods II, college Spanish, and political science.
TAHS also prides itself in an exceptional vocational program, offering such classes as electricity, hydraulics, home repair, auto basics, agricultural construction, horticulture, leadership & business, metals, natural resources, agricultural engines, cabinetmaking, and animal science.
Other electives that TAHS is excited to offer are communications, journalism, physics, forensics, business math, lifetime fitness, first aid, CPR, advanced physical education, physical education II, health II, photography, sculpture and pottery, drawing and painting, graphics, media productions, guitar, band, choir, theatre, accounting, introduction to business, independent living, human relations, child development, environmental science, advertising, iPads/apps, and Spanish I, II & III.
The world of educational technology is continually evolving. TAHS has been progressively updating and implementing technology as an educational tool to improve student learning with SMARTboards in every classroom, 2 mobile Netbook labs, 2 mobile Surface labs, 2 designated AG Netbook labs, 4 computer labs for teaching and student use, and an iPad in the hand of every teacher and para. Parents can view their students’ grades, schedule, test history, lunch account balance, and can pay activities fees on SchoolView via the school website.
TAHS compliments electives with a strong required curriculum in math, science, English, health/physical education, social studies, technology and fine arts. TAHS has a balanced of new and veteran teachers—blending fresh ideas and approaches with experience and expertise on how to implement those ideas into the classroom. Our teachers, staff, and administration are determined to bring the best education possible to all our students.
Kathy Vondracek, Secondary Principal
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