Academically at-risk students enter Delta High School, graduate with a diploma, and leave with a sense of purpose and accomplishment - confident in their ability to succeed and excited about their future. Nearly ninety percent of Delta High School graduates go on to colleges and universities. Delta’s student matriculation includes Brooks College, Cabrillo Community College, Hartnell College, Pacific Northwest School of Art, San Francisco City College, UCSC, UCSF and others.
My name is Steven McGannon and I am an alumnus of Delta Charter High School. I arrived at Delta with a substantial disinterest in academic studies, a rebellious hostility towards gratuitous structure and encouraged conformity, and absolutely no intention of finding compromise with the people who were to be my so-called “teachers.” I was to find that the staff and teachers of Delta would meet my perspective with respect and understanding, as if we were on equal grounds; two legitimate viewpoints that could thrive with a mutual toleration. These wonderful teachers, several of whom I would one day go on to consider my friends, ultimately encouraged me to develop the aspects of my person that I had not thought possible to apply in an academic setting before.
During my final year of Delta, the culmination of this mentoring transpired in the writing of my first novel in exchange for English credit and a pivotal moment in my life. The novel, in which I vented my silly notions of the failings and triumphs of the school I had come to love in a satirical, absurd manner, granted me the multifaceted and enlightening experience of examining my thoughts and emotions, analyzing my interactions with others, providing me a means by which I might raise my voice, and emboldening a passion I had never utilized in a self-conscious manner before and one that would become the central theme of my life; writing.
In this creative way of allowing me to act on my own terms while meeting them on theirs, Delta urged me to channel my rebelliousness and uniqueness into a tangible creative product, and it was this translation of how I felt into how I could take action to develop and achieve a goal that drove me to yearn for even deeper and more expansive ways of learning, being and creating. As a result I began taking classes at Cabrillo College while still enrolled at Delta and, after graduating Delta, I went on to Cabrillo as a fulltime student.
At Cabrillo I studied Anthropology so as to expand my knowledge of the workings of culture and people at large and continued to write, eventually submitting short stories to a literary publication edited at Cabrillo in which I would receive an award for best prose author. During my time at Cabrillo I became involved in numerous school clubs, participated in research which would go on to be published academically, honed and furthered my guitar instrumentation, won an English department writing award, and began work on my next novel. I expect to graduate Cabrillo next year after which I will transfer to the University of California school system to continue my education.
I regularly return to Delta to visit the teachers and staff, and in recent times I have been volunteering my time to assist with math classes at the school. -Steven McGannon November 2011
I came to Delta for a couple of reasons. My first reason was because I was having trouble in my math class. My second reason was because the smaller classes--I couldn’t get any help last year because every kid needed help and I was in a class with 30-40 kids. My third reason was because I want to get used to the college I'm going to, and the campus. - Jack
All These Things Make Delta, Delta: One thing I really like about Delta is that the classes are not very crowded. This allows students more individual attention from the teachers. I myself find that Delta’s small class sizes allow me to learn at my own pace. The classes at my old school were very large and the pace of the class was too fast. This left me in the dust. At Delta I can stay on top and learn a lot. It’s only the first week and I believe my experience at Delta will be very beneficial. - New Student
“Teachers” The teachers at Delta are very involved with all the students so that when the students ask for help they get it. The reason I think that the teachers are so good is because they can relate to all the students and how their high school experience was for them in high school. A traditional teacher would have too much to handle but here at Delta the teachers can help every student and still do their job very well. The way they teach is giving small assignments to the student so that the student doesn’t feel super overwhelmed. - Anonymous
I came to Delta for five reasons. First, for the teachers because I need one on one time to succeed. Second, for the small classes so I can focus and get individual attention from the teacher. Third, for the college connection because I want to attend Cabrillo. Fourth, for the schedule because I have a horse that I need to take care of. Finally, because there is usually little to no homework so I have time to ride. Also, my best friend goes to Delta. - Anonymous
Something that is important to me about Delta is that Directed Studies help me out with my homework especially when I am stuck on it. The staff is cool too; all of my teachers are cool and care for each student. They also keep the class fun and entertaining. At my old school the teachers would just rush through the agenda and teach at a very fast pace. It was hard to keep up. I know Delta is the school for me, because I actually want to learn when I show up to school. I hated going to class knowing that I was going have a bad time learning. In conclusion Delta is the school for me because I feel comfortable and I am ready to learn. - Armando
Delta has helped me in so many ways academically. I have an IEP and Delta has attended me with it. I get longer time on a mid term. It is also helpful that I know the teachers do care about my grades. They try to help me to get all my credit that I need. The teachers help and relate to the students. I love Delta because they attend to those who are suffering in school. I had an internship at Capitola Roasters, and I was an intern for twice a week before school. I love how if you are interested in something, Delta tries to get the best match for an internship. - Anonymous
"Delta has helped me more than I can say in my high school years. If I hadn’t attended Delta I honestly don’t think I would be where I am today. When I started going to Delta I was behind on credits because my last school was not a good fit for me. But when I got to Delta, I understood the teachers better, and I got more attention than I did at my other school. It felt like the teachers cared more about how I was doing. Thanks to Delta I graduated early this year and I am now attending Cabrillo College." - Angel Landa, Class of 2010
"Hi, my name is Emily Karis and I attended Delta Charter for my last two years of high school. Until this day I thank one of my best friends and sisters for begging me to come to Delta. So I did, and looking back on all of it now, it was the best decision I ever made. Delta is filled with excellent resources that immensely pushed me to some of my highest potentials. Another great asset is having Cabrillo College as our neighbor which was a tremendous advancement into my college career. And of course one cannot forget all the awesome teachers that make the school feel just like home. There are so many wonderful things about the staff that I don’t have enough time to talk about, but a few important things are that they are always there for the students, they truly care about our education and where we will end up. The staff is welcoming and they always have a positive attitude about their work. They as well know how to connect well with the students, sometimes it felt as if I wasn’t at school because I look at my teachers and staff as close friends and lifelong advisors. There’s especially one thing that they all do to well, they work too hard, and they sacrifice so much for their students, which in my eyes is the best kind of teacher you can ever ask for. I left Delta with huge accomplishments, I have learned far more than I ever thought possible in school, and I graduated valedictorian, which for me never seemed like a possibility. I am currently still at Cabrillo College and accomplishing the unimaginable, and I have Delta Charter to thank for my success." - Emily Karis, Class of 2009
"Once I started at Delta, I began attending school more often and steadily increased my performance in class. I am now set to graduate early and have taken college classes. Since I started at Delta, I have taken more of a leadership role, partly because the school revolves around the students." - Patrick, Class of 2005
"TJ is doing great! He has been at Air Force Basic Training since August 12th and seems to have embraced the program and is working hard and thriving. J We will be flying down to Lackland, TX on September 30 for his Graduation and then he is off to his specialized training." -Tamara, parent of TJ Hargrove, Class of 2015
"Last night our daughter surprised us by telling us that she had also applied to Hawaii Pacific University’s Pre-Physical Therapy program, that it was her top choice, and that she had been accepted! She also finally let us know that Delta was “in on it” and that she was getting your support as she did her applications. I cannot express how grateful we are to you for being there for her, for respecting her wish to do it on her own without any help or moral support from us, and for the fact that without her time at Delta, none of this would have been possible. Delta gave our daughter the opportunity to keep achieving during a time when she would have failed at a big, conventional high school. Because you were there for her, we as parents could “back off” and let her find her own path. (I admit it took us a while to learn that part, but we finally did, thanks to you!!!) There really are no words to adequately express our thanks." - Nancy, Graduate Parent 2011