The Gunn High School community has identified and established programs to enrich learning and development of all students at our school.
The SELF (Social and Emotional Literacy and Functionality) Program at Gunn focuses on the core SEL competencies of social awareness, self-awareness, self-management, social responsibility, social engagement and self-efficacy, and draws heavily from the nationally renowned School-Connect curriculum. At the heart of the program are the relationships that students will build with their teacher-mentors and their peers. Freshmen will meet in their SELF cohorts on Thursdays, during specially-designated Wellness FLEX times.
In an effort to refocus student attention on grades, test scores and performance, the Challenge Success group of teachers and students discuss ways to build a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Gunn provides all students with a Chromebook to help insure equity of access to online educational resources and participation in classroom activities.
Gunn's Small Learning Community provides 24 ninth graders an integrated curriculum, outdoor adventure and opportunity to grow as leaders.
The English Language Learners program offers individual and group instruction to meet the needs of international students with limited English proficiency. Students are prepared for mainstream classes after a program of English instruction which includes individual tutoring and primary language assistance. In addition, we offer ELL social studies courses which are taught by teachers in the Social Studies Department and are open to international students only. The University of California grants admission credit for all of the ELL social studies courses and for one year of advanced ELL (English LL 28). Because our international students contribute a welcome diversity to our campus, we encourage them to participate in school activities and clubs. This not only promotes cross-cultural understanding, but also helps students maintain a positive self-concept. International students who do not yet speak, read, and write fluent English and who plan to graduate are urged to enroll in the ELL program at Gunn High School. This program is designed to serve all high school students in the school district.
Focus on Success is a study skills class for students who need added support to be successful at Gunn. The class curriculum includes time management, organization and test-taking strategies, as well as goal setting. Homework support is also provided. Students who receive Special Education services are not eligible since these services supplant FOS. See your counselor if you are interested in learning more about FOS.
Blended learning is an education program that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.