Message from the Principal
2021-2022 Message from the Principal
Welcome to Peninsula High School (PHS). We have a rich history of serving students from San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) who are off-track for graduation and providing quality education programs. At PHS, we focus on getting our students “back on track.” Our school is set up to accommodate our students’ academic and social needs. For many of our students, 2020 was a time of uncertainty with the impact of COVID19. We believe it is a great time for students to renew their goals and educational aspirations and to take advantage of all of our academic and social support whether learning is in a physical classroom or remote. Regardless of what program you are in, PHS treats everyone like family and takes care of one another. Every day we provide coaching for academics, personal, life skills, and future careers. The pandemic impacted all of us differently, but as we steadily return to normalcy it is important our students take advantage of the social-emotional supports we are providing. PHS students will feel more connected to their instructors and provided the opportunity to ask more questions because our class sizes are reduced to better support everyone’s health and safety. Our staff is trained in providing the very best in differentiated education whether we’re utilizing Zoom and Canvas or in-person instruction. Through a combination of teacher-led direct instruction, diverse Canvas activities, breakout room activities, and academic/social emotional support, the Puma Family is here to provide a well-rounded and supportive academic education. Our focus is to give our students’ the skills they need to be successful in post-secondary life. Together, we work to create the right plan for everyone to succeed. We are looking forward to bringing out renewed energy and drive in our students this year.
Peninsula High School is available to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. PHS students have three options when enrolling after one school year. Students can either return to their comprehensive site if caught up on their credits, continue pursuing their education diploma with PHS, or if insufficient progress the student is enrolled in work towards the Adult School Diploma/GED. The majority of core classes will be offered in five of our six periods with career classes/social support during the 6th period. Sophomores will be provided a full six period day to help them maximize credits and opportunities towards returning to their comprehensive sites as juniors. Regardless of grade level, all PHS students will be offered academic and social emotional support classes. Students who get back on track are not forced to return to their comprehensive site and may continue their academics with PHS. Students will learn basic skills and concepts to help prepare them for the rigors of high school while utilizing the educational strategies and tools provided. Students will also learn problem solve skills both independently and in group settings while enhancing their educational and communication skills.
The post-secondary pathways we emphasize are:
- Community college and transfer to a university
- AA degree from a community college
- Job training schools
- Work Force
We can’t wait to help our Puma seniors walk across the stage at graduation this Spring of 2022. We look forward to helping each student achieve their diploma. At Peninsula High School, we strive to help our students learn, find academic success and support, and the pathway that serves them best. The Puma Staff is prepared to support all students with skills to meet today and future challenges. I look forward to us working together and having a great year.
Principal of Peninsula High School (PHS)