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Principal's Corner

Visit the Branham Campus Newsletter page to reference the bi-monthly 'BHS Information and Updates' sent out by Branham's Principal and Administration.
Check this link to this valuable 22 minute TEDx video: Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood, presented by Julie Lythcott-Haims, a Gunn High School parent and former Stanford Admissions Officer.  I encourage all parents and students to watch it- together!
Identified Long- & Short-term Action Plan Goals:


WASC (Long-term, 2016-2022)

  • #1: Close the access and opportunity gap for all students.
    (This goal is aligned with the District goal of Access and Opportunity for all students.)
  • #2: Provide students with a 21st century education (communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking) that prepares them for success beyond high school. (This goal is aligned with the District goal of Preparation for Success Beyond High School.)
  • #3: Define school’s vision and mission to support professional culture to ensure school-wide learning outcomes. (This goal is aligned with the District goal of Transforming School Culture.)

Annual Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) Goals (Short-term, 2018-19)

  • #1: Equity & Opportunity – Achieve High Impact Teaching & Learning through Quality Interactions, Student Engagement & Scaffolded, Rigorous Content
  • #2: Excellence & Opportunity - Increase College and Career Readiness for All Students through 21st Century Competencies
  • #3: Increase Staff, Student, & Community Engagement & Positive School Cultures
For more details, please see the full 2016 WASC and 2018-19 SPSA reports


The Branham community is healthy, engaged and innovative. We work together to explore issues and solve problems to positively impact the world in which we live.



Branham provides an inclusive, nurturing environment that enables students to build the confidence necessary to take risks. We mentor students as they master a relevant, rigorous curriculum that empowers them to achieve their maximum potential as successful and productive citizens.


Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs)


For the 2018-19 school year and into the foreseeable future, Branham has decided to focus its efforts on the AVID WICOR* strategies, and ensuring that each student is proficient at using these to help successfully master grade level learning standards. Mastery of grade level standards has shown to be most effective at ensuring post-secondary success.


WICOR Strategies are as follows:


W = Writing to Learn

I = Inquiry

C = Collaboration

O = Organization

R = Reading to Learn


*AVID’s proven learning support structure, known as WICOR , incorporates teaching/learning methodologies in the critical areas of Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn. WICOR provides a learning model that educators can use to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels (scaffolding) within developmental, general education, and discipline-based curricula. Furthermore, the WICOR model reflects and promotes the expertise and attitudes that will serve students well in their academic lives and careers. 


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