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Principal's Message

Thank you for visiting the Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School website.
Located on the campus of College of the Canyons, AOC is proud to be the middle college high school in the William S. Hart Union High School District serving students 9th-12th grades in the Santa Clarita Valley. During their four years at our school, students have the opportunity to earn between 24 and 44 transferable college units, prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Upon graduation, the majority of Academy students pursue their post high school education by continuing at COC and completing their college transfer requirements in only one year after high school. Other AOC students go directly into a four-year university, bringing their community college units with them and placing themselves well into their freshman and sophomore years at the college level. While attending AOC as a high school student, community college tuition is waived for established California residents.
In addition to the opportunity to earn college units, AOC offers high school students:
A serious educational environment where students can take control of their own learning.
A more flexible and smaller learning environment with opportunities to explore individual interests through a greater range of classes, within both the high school and college environments.
A supportive environment in a close-knit community of teachers and students, where students have greater opportunities for guidance and personal improvement.
Full access to all COC programs, including the COC Library, computer labs, gym, and tutoring centers.
The occasion to develop successful skills for ongoing college study.
Perusal of our website will allow you to view our Mission Statement and our Learning Outcomes as well as provide you with more information about our school, our staff, and the many opportunities provided to the middle college students. Teacher homework pages, daily bulletin, class schedules, our academic calendar as well as links to the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District and to College of the Canyons are also at your fingertips. Applications for the fall semester are available for downloading for your convenience.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you in any way.
Dr. Juliet Fine
Academy of the Canyons Principal
Academy of the Canyons Mission Statement: AOC is a supportive community that encourages students to explore college and career opportunities through collaboration, innovation, and individual development, both academically and personally.

Mission Statement

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results for Academy of the Canyons Students:
Academy of the Canyons expects that all students will demonstrate these fundamental attributes valued in our school community.
Academy of the Canyons students will be...
Capable Learners who:
            Exceed academic requirements while earning college units
            Utilize a variety of resources available to produce high quality work
            Can compete in a post high school environment
            Are self directed
            Solve problems effectively
            Think critically and creatively
            Recognize the relationship between effort and success
Effective Communicators who:
        Utilize technology
        Demonstrate active listening and reading skills
        Employ written and oral language conventions
        Work individually and collaboratively
Conscientious Members of Society who:
        Demonstrate personal integrity
        Respect cultural diversity and individual differences
        Understand local, national, and global issues


Asian American Heritage Month (May 2023)

Celebrating Asian American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). For more information on how you can more involved with our Asian American Pacific Islander campus efforts, please review below.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
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AOC Senior Graduation

AOC Senior Graduation

Congratulations! In less than two months, your son or daughter will graduate from the Academy of the Canyons Middle College High School. The following information is provided to assist you with the upcoming end-of-the-year activities for your senior student.
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Coffee with the Principal

Coffee with the Principal!

Please join us here at AOC (in University Center Room 205), from 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Friday, 15 May 2023, for our Coffee with the Principal! We look forward to seeing you then!
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AOC ROOTS Meeting: Wednesday, 29 March 2023 @ 6:00 p.m.

What: ROOTS PTA Meeting
When: 29 March 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Zoom Meeting Format Academy of Canyons Middle College High School
Topic: ROOTS Meeting
Time: 29 March 2023 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 8275 0890
Passcode: 445951
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AOC Talent Show 2022/23

AOC Talent Show! Friday, 31 March 2023 @ 6:00 p.m.

ASB is happy to announce that our Talent Show has officially been rescheduled to Friday, March 31st from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the COC Cafeteria. All of the details for the event remain the same, with doors opening at 5:30 and performances starting at 6:00 PM sharp. AOC Yearbook will also still be providing their VIP experience fundraiser at the event.
Thank you all for your patience with the event rescheduling, and we hope to see you all there on the 31st!
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AOC Spring Break 2023

The William S. Hart Union High School District will be closed from Monday, 3 April 2023 through Friday, 7 April 2023 to observe Spring Break! No School!
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AOC March Madness 2022/23

March Madness 2022/23

This week is ASB’s annual March Madness class competition! This week is filled with fun activities like the spirit week, fundraiser, and basketball tournament. Our spirit week starts on Monday, March 20th with Mushroom Monday (wear a hat like Toad!), Two-Dime Tuesday (bring spare change to help fundraise for the Santa Clarita Food Pantry), Wake-Up Wednesday (wear PJs or stuffed animals), Tourist Thursday (dress up like a tourist), and Class Colors on Friday. More information can be found on our ASB Instagram.

We are also holding a fundraiser at the ShareTea at the mall! Let them know that you are from AOC to help raise money for our school. Also, remember to ask for a receipt and bring it to the box at the front of AOC to help your class win March Madness!
Lastly, our annual basketball tournament will be on Friday, March 24th from 6 to 9 PM in the COC West Gym. Sign-ups will start on Monday, March 20th, and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Players will be required to come to rules meeting on Friday, March 24th at 3 PM. Players also need to complete a safety waiver that will be available outside of Room 101 and arrive at the West Gym at 5:30 PM on the day of the game. All students and families are welcome to come to the game and cheer on your class! It is a community-wide event.
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At A Glance

  • Middle College High School
  • Ranked No. 16 Best Public High School in California by Niche
  • Students earn between 24 and 44 transferable college units
  • Full access to all COC programs, including the COC Library, computer labs, gym, and tutoring center