Principal: Gabriel Fajardo

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As I begin the year in this new role, I am excited to collaborate with our remarkable educators, support staff and parents in fostering a positive and inclusive educational experience for all of our students. Our goal is to educate for excellence by empowering students to become effective communicators, creative, collaborators, critical thinkers and resourceful members of our community.

Our primary responsibility is student learning and offering all students the educational opportunities that will maximize their potential. This responsibility is supported in our school’s vision statement,

Our vision at Shadow Hills High School is to foster a growth mindset in all of our students, encourage academic achievement, and promote global citizenship. We strive to develop critical thinkers who analyze the questions of today to create solutions for tomorrow.

Today’s world demands students who think critically. We do this by challenging them in their learning experiences as they work to achieve their dreams by developing a growth mindset and believing in the Power of Yet - which is the mindset of opportunity and possibility.

Within the graduation requirements of the Desert Sands Unified School District, you will find expectations for each student to receive a well-rounded education. This includes a unique combination of rigorous academic standards and achievement in a positive college-going school culture.

The students of Shadow Hills High School are provided with numerous opportunities to be challenged as they learn and grow through honors and advanced placement courses, career academy classes, and dual credit college courses. As part of our school’s requirements, students are expected to have four years language arts, mathematics, world languages, science and social studies - four years or more will open a door! Students will also benefit from challenging classes in engineering and computer science, music, drama, studio art, and physical education.

Shadow Hills High School has a long tradition of excellence in academics as well as extracurricular and co-curricular activities. One of our greatest strengths is the pride and support from our community, and our parents are critical contributors to the success of our students as evidenced by our athletics and band booster clubs, PTO, and dedicated parent volunteers. Thank you for all you do!

I welcome your involvement as we partner together to provide the best possible education to the students of Shadow Hills High School community. I encourage you to contact me with your ideas, suggestions and concerns. Go Knights!

In Partnership,

Gabriel P. Fajardo,


Passion. Persistence. Perseverance.


Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

CONTACT:, ext. 44127


Student Support Services & Special Education

CONTACT:, ext. 44122


School Safety, Facilities & Athletics

CONTACT:, ext. 44123


Career Technical Education

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I spent 20 years at Santa Monica High School as a Spanish teacher, coach, teacher union Executive Board member, counselor, and house principal. I have extensive experience in special education. At Shadow Hills High School, I oversee the Career Technical Education programs and attendance. I believe in giving students opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom. I am not afraid of looking silly if it makes a student smile.