OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND STAFF
EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITIONS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT
Sierra Sands Unified School District serves an enrollment of approximately 5,200 with six elementary schools, two middle schools, a comprehensive high school, a continuation high school, and an adult school. The District has achieved fiscal solvency through excellent management and is a leader in state and national efforts for support of public schools. The Board of Education places a priority on the recruitment of a highly qualified professional staff and supports and encourages inservice training and professional development. The Board's commitment to high quality instructional programs is pursued through upgrading courses of study and textbooks, and consideration of innovative programs for improved instruction. The courses of study and demanding levels of proficiency adopted for each grade level and as graduation requirements by the Board encourage excellence in pupil achievement. Sierra Sands Unified School District offers excellent elective, fine arts, and activities programs. Pupils in the Sierra Sands Unified School District achieve above the state average, earning state and national awards and recognition in many areas, such as state science fairs. Many Sierra Sands students qualify for military academy placements.
Generally, a teacher entering California with a teaching credential from another state will be granted a five-year preliminary credential in his/her field. During the first year the teacher will be required to take and pass the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) if not done prior to entering California. The remaining requirements to be completed during the five-year period of the preliminary credential will be based on numerous factors such as the comparability of the state of the previous credential, the number of years of previous teaching experience, the amount of post-graduate classes previously taken, the completion of a Master's degree, etc. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is the licensing agency for teachers in the state of California. For specific information on credentialing requirements see www.ctc.ca.gov or contact Jan Burke in our personnel office at (760)499-1622 or 113 Felspar, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
THE SIERRA SANDS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT INVITES AND ENCOURAGES THE APPLICATION OF CANDIDATES OF DIVERSE CULTURAL AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS.