The Acorn

A Message from the Principal of AOC, Dr. Fine

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Week of 12/13-12/17

Greetings AOC Families,

This is the last week of school before winter break. Good luck to our students taking final exams at AOC or submitting their final projects! There is no school on Friday; it is a staff workday.

We wish our families a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And, Happy Kwanza to our families who celebrate! Wishing all of you a very restful and joyful winter break!

Please note that the AOC office will be closed over the winter break (12/17-1/7). We look forward to seeing our students when we return on 1/10!

Please reach out to us with any questions. Have a wonderful week, AOC!


Dr. Juliet Fine

Principal of AOC


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ROOTS Hot Chocolate & Cookies for our Students

ROOTS will be hosting a “hot chocolate and cookies” holiday celebration in the quad for all students on Monday 12/13 during lunch. The hot chocolate and cookies have been donated by a generous parent, Mr. Hart, who works in the food industry. Thank you Mr. Anthony Hart for your generosity! And, thank you Mrs. Tricia Kim for setting this up! Thank you for bringing some cheer to our students!
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Amazon Smile Donations to AOC

AOC Roots is now an eligible charitable organization with Amazon. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to AOC Roots. When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Please support AOC Roots when shopping at, instead of going to, please go to You will then be asked to choose which non-profit you wish to support. Select “Academy of the Canyons Roots.”

If using the Amazon mobile app, under “your account” there should be a selection for Smile Amazon, which you can then select “Academy of the Canyons Roots.” Thank you for your continued support of AOC Roots.

This Last Week at AOC, Moments from 12/6-12/10

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Ms. Alex, our school social worker, invited Straightening Reigns wellness goats to visit AOC last week during COC final exams. It brought some peace, calm, and grounding to our students. These sweet animals are welcome guests to our campus. Lots of smiles and goat hugs! Straightening Reigns is an incredible non-profit and some of our students volunteer for this organization. Thank you to Debbie Rocha and her team!
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There is no school for AOC from 12/17-1/17. We wish you a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And, Happy Kwanza to our families who celebrate! May the holiday season bring you an abundance of joy and happiness!
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Important Dates

  • December 6th -December 10th-COC Final Exams
  • December 13-December 16th-AOC Final Exams
  • December 15-11th Grade Museum of Tolerance Field Trip
  • December 17-No School, Last Teacher Work Day
  • December 17-January 7- Winter Break, no AOC classes
  • January 3- First Day of Winter Term COC Classes for 2022
  • January 10- AOC Returns from Winter Break, 1st Day Back'
  • January 17- Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL

Academy of the Canyons

Located on the campus of College of the Canyons, AOC is proud to be the middle college high school in the William S. Hart Union High School District serving students 9th-12th grades in the Santa Clarita Valley. Students have the opportunity to earn between 24 and 44 transferable college units, prior to receiving their high school diplomas. Upon graduation, the majority of Academy students pursue their post high school education by continuing at COC and completing their college transfer requirements in only one year after high school. Other AOC students go directly into a four-year university, bringing their community college units with them and placing themselves well into their freshman and sophomore years at the college level. While attending AOC as a high school student, community college tuition is waived for established California residents.