Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson

Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year! As a California Gold Ribbon and Title 1 Academic Achieving School, we strive to ensure all students acquire academic skills and character traits necessary for college acceptance and career readiness. To support our mission, we provide a rigorous academic program that challenges students to move along their educational trajectory by deepening their conceptual understanding through real-world applications, evidence-based writing, and critical thinking skills.


Each year, Dodson's experienced and dynamic faculty strive to increase student achievement by ensuring all students perform at the proficient and advanced levels in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. To aide in students' academic success we have established English Language Arts and Mathematics intervention electives that are specially designed to provide reteaching opportunities and more individualized attention. At the same time, we continue to offer a robust selection of enrichment opportunities that includes Computer Technology, Choir, Culinary Arts, Dance, Film Appreciation, Film Production, Horticulture, Instrumental Music, Journalism, Leadership, Robotics, Spanish, Theater, Visual Arts, and Yearbook. We also began AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a program that uses proven strategies to prepare students for success in high school, college, and beyond.


I believe in the academic strengths and social growth of every student and look forward to working with you and your child this school year. One way in which you can support your child is by checking their planner and homework on a daily basis. Ask them for specific details and do not accept general or vague statements. At the same time, I also ask that you frequently check their grades through our online program Jupiter Grades. Being informed will allow all of us to make immediate adjustments that will help ensure your child's success. As a reminder, all teachers have a dedicated conference period. Please feel free to call the counseling office to schedule an appointment.


Though students' success begins with themselves, our combined efforts will help guide them along the way, facilitate their growth, and allow them to thrive. Thank you for supporting your child. I look forward to another dynamic school year.