Principal's Message

Welcome to Tracy High School, the Home of The Saints!  My name is Ricardo Brown and I am starting my second year as Principal of Tracy. Prior to my arrival at Tracy, I was Principal at Ross Academy Middle School in ABC for nine years.  During my tenure at Ross, Ross was recognized as a National School To Watch and a California Gold Ribbon School.  Before coming to Ross and ABC, I was an Assistant Principal at Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School and Laguna Hills High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.  My experience as a teacher was in the Garden Grove Unified School District at Santiago High School and Jordan Intermediate School.  My career in education is also second career for me as I previously played professional basketball for 10 years in the Philippine Basketball Association and was a student-athlete at Pepperdine University in Malibu.  I am very blessed to have this opportunity to be Principal at a great school like Tracy with a super dedicated staff who cares deeply about the well-being and success of our students.  Many of our students have hit a bump in the road at a very young age in their lives, but we are convinced that all of our kids are loaded with unlimited potential and can achieve at a high level.  Our job here at Tracy is to help them get back on track to graduate on time, develop some good work habits that will be of benefit to them not only in school but also later in their adult lives, academically challenge them in every subject area, and prepare them to be successful post high school in whatever pathway they may choose.
 
Tracy High School continues to be the center of the ABC Unified School District’s offerings for alternative education for secondary school students grades 7-12.  Tracy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and offers core academic programs and personal attention to students who are behind in credits and often at-risk of dropping out from school.  Tracy recently received an official Model Continuation School visitation and was "highly recommended" for recognition as a Model Continuation School for 2019!  That is huge news for Tracy and ABC Unified and we are confident this will become official when the State finalizes its list of Model Continuation Schools in late January.  We'll keep everyone posted on this as it develops.
 
Social Media is very prevalent at Tracy.  Many of our stakeholders and community members follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter where we post and tweet regularly on school activities and our high-achieving students.  On all of our social media pages you will find a multitude of photos, activities, and narratives that truly "tell our story"  Classes at Tracy focus on the courses required for graduation along with offering small class sizes and a friendly, peaceful campus environment encouraging student achievement, peer collaboration, and personal and team involvement in the entire school endeavor.  All students are individually counseled and are aware of their current credit status and their academic plan for credit recovery and ultimately getting back on track to graduate on time.

Tracy is the only high school in the District with a Teen Parent Program for pregnant and parenting teens. This program is open to all ABCUSD students and specializes in pre-natal health, childbirth and parenting. Tracy also has Career Technical Education (CTE) courses available to students in Medical Careers and Multi-Media.  For the 2018-2019 school year, Tracy will have an A-G approved ASB Class for the first time ever, a brand new Student Media Center was built over the summer and now available to Tracy students throughout the school day, and a Television Broadcast Studio is being built to broadcast live morning announcements to every classroom.  Tracy High School is now officially a 1:1 high school with electronic devices available to all students in every classroom.  Each classroom also has dual media capabilities with a 70" big screen TV and Laser Projector with a large pull-down screen.  Couple those with carts of chrome books and/or iPads and you can see why Tracy is now one of the leading cutting edge technology schools in ABC and will host the ABC Technology Symposium on December 11.   As Tracy moves forward this year to become a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school, positive student recognition can be seen everywhere on campus.  Leader of the Week, Saints Reward Tickets, Perfect Attendance for the Month and Quarter, Student Honor Roll, Students of the Month, Lunchtime Athletic Tournaments, Check-In/Check-Out (CICO) Student Monitoring, and every graduating Tracy student is eligible for scholarship money through the school’s Clara Mae Tracy Foundation (based on the student's post-secondary school enrollment).

In closing, we are fully aware that a continuation high school is not usually the first choice for families of high school students to continue their education, but I assure you that your child is in good hands here at Tracy and the opportunity to gain a quality education and recover credits to get back on track to graduate on time are available to all students if they apply themselves and make their education a priority.  The recipe for success here at Tracy is simple:  have consistent daily attendance, be on time to each and every class, and give your best effort to produce quality work in the classroom.  If students follow through with the ingredients to that 'recipe', they will experience great success as a Tracy Saint.   Lastly, I have a personal request to our parents:  please call the school office to book a personal tour of our school.  I would love to meet you, share with you our vision for our students as we continue to move forward, and let you see in person the great things that are happening here at Tracy High School on a daily basis.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or needs for your child.  Always know that we are here for the good of our kids.  Take good care, and as always... Go Saints!

Ricardo Brown
Principal, Tracy High School
562-926-7136
ricardo.brown@abcusd.us