Garden Grove Unified School District Soars as Leader in College Readiness

Student in cap and gown.

Garden Grove Unified School District continues to soar as a leader in college readiness across Orange County and throughout California.  During the 2016-2017 school year, 57.5% of Garden Grove High School seniors met rigorous a-g college entrance requirements qualifying students to attend UC or CSU schools, compared to 52% across Orange County and 46.8% statewide.

GGUSD also saw more growth in college readiness rates than the Orange County and statewide average with GGUSD growing to 57.5% in 2016-2017, up from 51.6% in 2015-2016.  In comparison, the Orange County and the California average only went up by approximately one percentage point.

“We are 100% focused on guaranteeing that when our students leave GGUSD, they are prepared for lifelong success,” said Bob Harden, Board of Education president. “Our teachers and instructional leaders are producing powerful results around college readiness and our students continue to rise to high academic expectations.”

The district’s success is due in part to its outstanding school-wide implementation of AVID’s college readiness curriculum at the intermediate and high school levels.  Doig Intermediate School and Santiago High School have been named national demonstration schools by the AVID program and Alamitos Intermediate School was named a school-wide site of distinction.   GGUSD is also breaking new ground by offering opportunities for sixth grade students to learn AVID strategies. 

GGUSD has also demonstrated double-digit growth in college readiness rates over the last decade, growing from 28.9% of a-g completion in 2005 to 57.5% today.