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Prospective students, their parents and members of the public are invited to attend a special open house at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School on Tuesday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The school is located at 28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Castaic. The open house celebration, held annually over the summer, brings the Santa Clarita community together for a fun night of tours of the TK-12 public charter school.

“During the past 10 years, the facilitators (teachers) and staff at SCVi have worked tirelessly to create a learning environment that values critical, creative thought and meets each Learner, or student, exactly where they are in their educational journey,” said Amber Raskin, who co-founded iLEAD Schools 10 years ago with veteran educator and principal Dawn Evenson. “Dawn and I are so proud of iLEAD’s success over the past decade, and we invite prospective Learners, their families and our community to learn more about what sets us apart.”

A cornerstone of SCVi’s educational philosophy involves project-based learning, an innovative, research-based method of instruction that requires students to tackle deeply engaging projects about real-world issues. They use critical thought, inquiry and synthesis to create solutions and present their findings to their peers. The school also maintains a unique emphasis on employing teaching methods that foster social-emotional development and personal strengths while encouraging social and self-awareness.

For Learners in upper grades, an academic and college counselor works hand in hand with each student to create a plan to help them succeed academically, emotionally and socially. SCVi is the only school in the Santa Clarita Valley to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme for learners in their junior or senior year of high school. SCVi also offers Innovation Studios, a unique opportunity for Learners from sixth through 12th grades that leverages technological and human resources to create a hybrid learning environment. Learners choose their method of engagement with the course material and hands-on, cross-curricular learning experiences that offer meaningful connections to relevant real-world applications.

The school offers a high-quality arts and theatre program for all grade levels (including transitional kindergarten). It maintains the philosophy that arts education is an integral part of developing the whole child and incorporates principles of project-based learning into dance, music, theatre, media and visual art.

Sports are offered from kindergarten through 12th grade, with Upper School teams participating in the CIF Omega League. The young athletes can play basketball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, cross-country, softball, baseball, golf, and equestrian teams.

PARENTS: Registering your child at SCVi is quick and easy: simply visit https://ileadsantaclarita.org/intent-to-enroll/ and fill out the form. You’ll receive an email from the SCVi registrar with further instructions, and can then complete the registration process by either uploading your documents online or walking them into the SCVi main office at 28060 Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic. Staff are onsite all summer to answer your questions, give tours, and accept your registration forms! To learn more about SCVi, visit scvi-k12.org.

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