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Principal's Message

Photo of Greta Scholtes

Dear Parent/Guardian and Student:

Welcome to Encina Preparatory High School for the 2023-24 school year.

Encina High School serves students in grades 9-12. While we share our campus with Katherine Johnson Middle School, there are lots of visuals on campus to help students and families understand where the high school and middle school spaces are located. We have two separate school offices with separate administrators and office staff, and we are here to support our students and families.

As your principal, I am excited for the upcoming school year. This is my 10th year as an administrator in San Juan, my third year as principal of Encina, and I have been in education for over twenty years. I truly value family engagement and am looking forward to partnering with our families to ensure student success. At Encina, we continue to make great strides towards improving the academic and socio-emotional learning environment for our students. Encina is dedicated to a variety of initiatives to help our students succeed in school and beyond. Our departments are progressing onward with standards-aligned, high-quality instruction. This year, we are continuing to provide intensive support in English and math for students in grades 9th & 10th. Our Advocacy program continues to help students succeed at school and prepare for their educational pursuits after graduation, and we have continued to strengthen the program. Our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) program remains a central piece in our efforts to sustain a positive school culture, and our staff is continuing to engage in trainings around Restorative Practices. As educators, our entire team is committed to social justice, equity, inclusive practices, and maintaining high expectations for all.

Our vision statement reflects our community values and guides our work.

Encina Vision Statement:

At Encina High School, we commit to an anti-racist, culturally responsive education that:

  • Creates a strong sense of belonging and safety within our diverse community;
  • Fosters hope, independence, and critical thinking;
  • Empowers young adults who will make a difference in our society.

Together, we continue to transform Encina into the school your child deserves. There are many aspects of this work that will require our combined efforts. We will continue to ask for your input, to seek out your help, and to keep you informed, as we work to make Encina a place where parents and community collaboration is not just desired, but necessary. We look forward to seeing you early and often in the coming year. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you in August.

Greta Scholtes, Principal

Encina Preparatory High School