Delhi High School (DHS) is located in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California, on the northern section of Merced County, near the Stanislaus County border, along California Highway 99 in the unincorporated community of Delhi.
The high school accommodates students from the elementary schools. We began operations in 1998, and in the spring of 2001 we graduated our first senior class of 75 students. Delhi is a small, but a growing community, six miles south of Turlock and about 20 miles north of Merced along highway 99. The district has experienced much growth in the last five years, most of which has been Hispanic English language learners. The school district became a unified K-12 district on July 1, 1994.
The district’s school-age children come from homes that represent a variety of economic and social groups and from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds: Hispanic, Caucasian, East Indian, African-American, and Asian. Enriched by a changing ethnic diversity, the student body is composed of 74% Hispanic, 19 % Caucasian, and 7% other (Asian, African American, and East Indian).
Thirty-five certificated teachers and 16 classified staff support our students. The staff demographics are 31% Hispanic, 55% Caucasian, and 7% other. The high school has two academic counselors, an associate principal and one principal.
Curriculum and Instruction
Delhi High School instructors utilize a variety of instructional materials. The core content standards curriculum design lends itself to a data-driven approach. Though textbooks are used, they do not drive the curriculum; they are used as additional resources. Along with textbooks, resources include information drawn from the Internet, various media resources, and laboratory work.
The Delhi High School staff is comprised of progressive individuals with strong backgrounds in curriculum and instruction, including working knowledge of DataWorks, Larry Lezotte’s “Correlates of Effective Schools”, UC Merced Writing Project, Great Valley Writing project (RIAP), Ted Sizer’s “Coalition of Essential Schools” movement, Strategic School Initiative (Larry Parker), SDAIE teaching strategies, student outcomes, vocational education certification programs, business partnerships, mentorship programs, and internships. The staff demonstrates the ability to develop different paradigms for education that emphasizes the ability to apply learning to solve problems, to think critically, and to adapt to a changing world.
The instruction at Delhi High School features a rigorous standards-based curriculum and a series of electives leading to career vocational certification (ROP) in technology, automotive, computer animation, and computer applications, along with strategies to enhance the concept of more depth, less breadth. The assessment and accountability component is also based on the standards. In the assessment area we take into consideration multiple indicators such as teacher’s grades on standards test and using school-based Data-Driven (Data Driven Classroom) assessment reports that includes scores from the CST performance reports, CAHSEE and CELDT scores. In our system, standards drive the curriculum, the instruction, the assessment and the accountability.
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Delhi High School (DHS) began offering a few AP courses in 2001 through the College Board. Since then, the number of AP courses has slowly risen with school population size and teacher availability to include the seven listed courses in the following table. DHS only offers the AP American Government course during the spring semester. In order to be eligible for college credit at most universities, AP students must take and score a three or higher on their cumulative exams offered in May. The AP Spanish class has been extremely successful with most students passing the exam with scores of four and five. Some students have enrolled in more than one AP course, but student academic success in and among the other AP courses remains variable with most students failing to earn a three or higher. School leaders continue to study this District-wide issue and may soon offer more appropriate alternatives to some current AP courses. These alternative courses might be offered on-site though a local community college or university for college credit. One can obtain further information on AP course prerequisites, student demographics, and student passing rates from DHS’s counseling office.
Career Technical Education (ROP)
Delhi High School is committed to provide a quality school-to-careers paths leading to certifications in specific areas. In a partnership with Merced County Office of Education’s School-To-Career division we have started a series of career paths leading to certification in several areas. Currently, the high school has 137 (21%) of our 670 students enrolled in career tech programs. Delhi High School strives to provide students with meaningful and lucrative career path certifications which connect with higher educational opportunities. This enhances the student’s possibilities for career choices. During the summer of 2007 DHS and Merced County Office of Education piloted a new course pairing class in automotive. The program offered an opportunity for students to receive both practical career tech classes complimented by rigorous classroom instruction.
A special partnership has been established with Merced Community College, Many of the students take advantage of the evening courses offered by Merced Community College on our campus.
In 2006, the Center for Educational Partnerships received a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the Talent Search Program at Delhi High School. The Talent Search will serve 150 total students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program will provide academic, career and financial counseling to its participants and encourage them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary school of their choice. Implementation of the Talent Search Program began during the 2006 - 2007 academic year.
Services provided by the program include:
Two-thirds of the students in Talent Search come from low-income families, where neither parent graduated from college. In most cases, parents have no higher education experience, do not understand the postsecondary process and do not necessarily value a higher education.
Students at DHS have a full range of activities to take advantage of throughout the school year. During the first semester of each year, students sign up for clubs and extra-curricular activities on campus. Currently the school has the following clubs/activities active:
California Scholarship Federation (CSF)
Boxing Club – in partnership with Merced County Sheriff Department through VOICE program
Additionally, in the spring of each year, students can run for one of the available class officer positions – Associated Student Body (ASB). ASB is an essential component of the student life on campus. The ASB is responsible for organizing and promoting student activities, homecoming week, dances, blood drives, fund raising, class elections, campus beautification projects and Red Ribbon Week. The ASB oversees all campus life activities and enables the campus clubs to have a voice in the governance of the school. Additionally, two members of the ASB participate on the School Site Committee (SSC). One ASB member is a voting member of the district school board.
Eligible students can also participate in extra-curricular sports.
Football Soccer (Boys) Volleyball Basketball (Boys/Girls)
Softball Baseball Track Wrestling
Tennis Soccer (Girls) Powder Puff Football