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The largest geographical district in Los Angeles County, Antelope Valley Union High School District, serves 9th through 12th-grade students residing in 30% of the total Los Angeles County area.

Our students are educated in eight comprehensive high schools and three alternative high schools. The District’s 23,000 students represent a rich blend of diversity and dozens of heritages.

Staying steps ahead of today’s youth is a challenging task as technology stretches the reach of information and changes the way we live and do business every day. The Antelope Valley Union High School District continues with the tradition of integrating cutting-edge educational techniques into daily instruction by moving forward with technology and online learning.

Eastside High School

The District provides a comprehensive Career Technical Education program which includes both California Partnership Academies and Linked Learning Academies. These programs offer small learning communities where students gain 21st-century skills required for college and career readiness.

We also offer options for seventh and eighth-grade students via our Academy Prep Junior High and Virtual Online School.

The District’s total budget is over $280 million. The total certificated and classified staff numbers approximately 2,300 employees.

Expanding opportunities and access for all students continues to be the District’s mission as we prepare each student for both college and career.


Gregory Nehen

Titles: Superintendent

Shandelyn Williams

Titles: Deputy Superintendent

Chris Grado

Titles: Asst Superintendent Educational Services

Kristina Ramos

Titles: Asst Superintendent Human Resources

Diversity Statement

Diversity is one of the defining strengths of America, and the diversity of the Antelope Valley Union High School District workforce is essential in the preparation of our students with academic, technical, and work-related skills necessary for success in the 21st century. To accomplish this undertaking, it is essential that we have a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community we serve and educate. The Antelope Valley Union High School District is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining highly qualified employees who not only represent our community, but are also dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion that values each individual and promotes collaboration and fairness.

AV Teacher Induction

The Antelope Valley Teacher Induction (AVTI) program is our California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited program and supports your transition from university preparation to professional practice.

AVTI is a member of the local Antelope Valley Cooperative on Teacher Development and California Teacher Induction Region, Cluster 6. Membership in these organizations provides opportunities for collaboration with other induction leaders and institutions of higher education. This liaison supports program operation to serve your needs as you advance through the induction program.

The hallmark of our program is support via a tranined mentor, other teacher leaders, your site administrators, and job-embedded professional learning. With inquiry as its focus, the expectation is that you will enhance your ability to become a highly qualified and effective practitioner.

Current research findings indicate that the knowledge of teaching practices, student learning outcomes, standards-based subject matter content, and ultimately, the ability to reflect on one’s own practice are the strongest predictors of student success and teacher professional growth.

The Antelope Valley

The Antelope Valley, which includes the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, is located approximately one hour north of Los Angeles and a short drive to beaches including Malibu and Santa Monica, Disneyland Resort, Hollywood, Six Flags California, ski resorts and more.

Set among the beautiful Southern California high desert, the Valley’s total population exceeds 542,000.

Home to California’s annual Poppy Festival and the Los Angeles County Airshow, which attract thousands of visitors, the area features a diverse assortment of home options ranging from executive custom homes to affordable family homes.

The Valley’s economic engine is driven by many industries including aerospace, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture and film. Major aerospace employers include NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman and Edwards Air Force Base.

Antelope Valley sunset

Two main hospitals, Antelope Valley Hospital and Palmdale Regional Medical Center, provide myriad health care services for the region. In addition to elementary and high school education, the Valley provides various higher education options including a local community college - Antelope Valley College, California State University extension campuses and private universities that allow community members to continue their education locally.

Residents can enjoy a wide variety of retail shopping opportunities at the Antelope Valley Mall and assorted mini-malls, along with “big-box” stores. Local and franchise eateries are abundant, providing everything from steak houses to wine bars and tea rooms.

Lancaster Blvd

Many cultural and recreational amenities provide residents with choices for leisure activities. The area features dozens of parks and Palmdale’s Dry Town Water Park. Each summer, the annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival showcases concerts, livestock exhibits, food and fun. Performing arts theaters and a local amphitheater attract headline talent, and movie theaters offer the latest releases.

The arts are celebrated in local museums and art galleries including the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, which offers traveling exhibits.

See more at City of Lancaster and City of Palmdale websites: and


The Antelope Valley Union High School District is committed to offering an employment and educational environment free from discrimination with respect to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or any other unlawful consideration.