Educational Philosophy

Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) is a multilingual district. It is committed to a strong academic curriculum for all students, including equal access to the core curriculum for English learners, which leads to grade promotion and a high school diploma. The instructional program for English learners consists of combinations of English Language Development (ELD), Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE), primary language support, and instruction that reinforces a positive self-image and promotes cross-cultural understanding.

Free Public Education:
All children living in the United States of America are entitled to a free and public education for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. Students are enrolled in their neighborhood school by their parent or legal guardian. While enrolled in public schools, students are to be instructed with grade level state adopted materials. Students who are learning English are to also receive appropriate English Language Development instruction until being reclassified as Fluent English Proficient (FEP). It is critical that your child attend school regularly. During the student’s school career, he/she will receive report cards for each grading interval to inform the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student’s progress. School promotion (from one grade level to the next) is based on the student’s academic performance.

Parents'/Guardians' Role:
Parents/guardians play a critical role in their students’ success. Therefore, communication between the school and the home is very important. Report cards, notes home, conferences, back to school night, and open house are opportunities for parents/guardians to meet with their child’s teacher(s) and monitor their child’s progress. In addition, the school handbook is another tool for parents to use to become familiar with their child’s school. Students are also expected to complete homework regularly. Parents should provide a place for their child to do his/her homework and regularly monitor the homework so that assignments are being completed. 

Reading:
Reading is very important for student success. Students are encouraged to read or be read to daily. Reading may be done in any language the child or parent can fluently read.

Volunteering:
Torrance schools encourage parents to volunteer at their child’s school site. Parents are also encouraged to join the local school site parent/teacher association (PTA).

General Information:
  • Pre-school is for ages 3 and 4.
  • School year is September to June.
  • Parents are welcome at school.
  • Daily school attendance is important.
  • Schools are the centers of the communities.