The Acorn

A Message from the Principal of AOC, Dr. Fine

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Academy of the Canyons News for the Week of 5/31-6/4

Greetings AOC Families,

We've made it! I'm so proud of our students, staff, and families for making it through this incredibly challenging school year! This is the last week of school and the week of COC final exams.

Congratulations to our Seniors who graduate from AOC this Saturday, June 5th at 9:00am! And, we have 55 students this week graduating from COC with at least one AA degree. This is outstanding!

Please note that the entire AOC campus is no longer located at Castaic High School. We have officially moved back to AOC's home located at the COC Valencia campus.

We will see you on Tuesday, June 1st during Book Return at AOC, located at the COC Valencia campus.

During final exams week, if your student needs a place to take their final exams or is in need of wi-fi access, please reach out to Dr. Fine at

Have a great week, AOC! There is no school tomorrow, Monday, May 31st in honor of Memorial Day. And, good luck to our students on their COC final exams!


Dr. Juliet Fine


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There is no school tomorrow, Monday, May 31st in honor of our brave heroes on Memorial Day.
Mike Kuhlman and Erum Velek Talk about Hart District Graduations and Plans for School in the Fall

Mr. Kuhlman and Mrs. Velek Describe Graduation in the Segment of Community Corner

Watch this video above to learn about the logistics of graduation. Mr. Kuhlman describes our graduation with a jumbotron and the differences this year with yellow tier restrictions. Mrs. Velek describes guidelines including the 6ft capacity for each graduate and household. See the video for details.
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AOC has moved back home to the COC Valencia campus. We are no longer located at Castaic High School. Thank you to CHS for providing us with a temporary home!

"It's Only the Beginning", a poem written by AOC Senior, Svetlana

Please enjoy this original poem written by Svetlana, an AOC Senior who has been moved by this school year. Her words inspire our graduating class of 2021. Thank you, Svetlana for sharing your work with us! We are all "turning the page" to "live full-heartedly" after this year and as you gracefully said, "not with anger, not with rush, not with confusion, but with readiness."
"It Is Only The Beginning" - An Original Poem
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AOC Yearbook Distribution is Almost Here!

Hello AOC Parents,

Yearbook distribution is almost here as we come to wrap up the year!

Next week, June 1st is Yearbook distribution day from 8-11 AM!

If your student has not yet purchased a yearbook or you would like to purchase another, it is not too late to do so! Please contact Ms. Perkins by email at, or call her at 661.362.3056 to make your purchase before the official yearbook distribution day - June 1st. Yearbooks can be purchased with either cash (exact amount only; no change will be available) or a check made out to the Academy of the Canyons.

Did you miss out on buying last year’s yearbook?

Well, you’re in luck! For a one time offer, we will be selling our last remaining 2020 yearbooks during Yearbook distribution day on June 1st. Get yours for a discounted price of $30!

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Last day of final exams is 6/4. Summer break is June 7th-August 9th. School resumes on August 10th for AOC.

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.