At the annual California School Boards Association Conference, AUSD received a pair of Golden Bell awards for exemplary programs. The first award was dedicated to the Learning Independence For Transition Program (LIFT), which is a special education program focused on assisting students 18-22 years of age in developing basic life & employable job skills. The LIFT program has serviced students as they transition into young adulthood and ensures that they are prepared to take on the demands of independent living. In addition to the mentorship they receive in the classroom, these students also work at various locations throughout the community to develop employable skills.
Additionally, AUSD received a second Golden Bell award for their Saturday School Program (SSP) that targets students and parents. The program provides an opportunity for students and parents to work collaboratively together to resolve issues and address concerns they may have. SSP provides an opportunity for students and parents to develop skills that will help them better access and maneuver through future dilemmas and their overall school experience. Both of these programs are reflective of the commitment that the Board of Education adheres to in providing the highest quality education and programs to students and parents.