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Preparing All Students for Success in College and Career

Classroom, Community, Connectedness

Building a Direct Pathway from Preschool to College

Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Superintendent of Santa Ana Unified School District

Dr. Stefanie Phillips       

When parents enroll their children into the Santa Ana Unified School District, they are opening the door to a world of opportunities including a direct pathway to college for children to reach their career goals and become productive contributors to our global society. With a focus on nurturing and cultivating the whole child, beginning as early as preschool, the Santa Ana Unified School District offers programs and resources that are specialized and unique for each child. From dual language programs to learning environments with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Visual and Performing Arts, we offer a personalized program for each child to help them excel and develop a passion for learning.

As your Superintendent, my primary focus is our classrooms, community, and building connectedness. What that essentially means is connecting the entire community together -- parents, teachers, staff, and community members - to support our core business of providing a high quality education for our students in and out of the classroom. One example of that is our collaboration with Santa Ana College (SAC), California State University Fullerton (CSUF) and University of California Irvine (UCI) to make college accessible to our graduates beginning with free tuition and a laptop during their first year of college when they attend SAC as a full-time student. This is a unique opportunity only for Santa Ana Unified School District graduates. Additionally, to encourage students to continue their educational journey, SAUSD students may enroll in a program called Santa Ana ¡Adelante! that will provide them guaranteed admission to CSUF or UCI when they complete all criteria while enrolled at SAC.

The Board of Education and I are thankful for the families that have entrusted us with the education and safety of their students. We take pride in knowing that we have made the college dream accessible to all students. For those parents who are looking for a special place were your children can thrive, I invite you to entrust them in our care. We’d love for you to be a part of our family. To learn more about our schools, please visit



Last Modified on November 15, 2016