Recipient of the 2016 OC Giving is Living Award

A passage from the following OneOC link regarding this prestigious award:


Established in 1976, Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is proud to be the oldest awards program in Orange County recognizing and celebrating the major involvement of community volunteers, groups and corporations.

Since its inception, the event has only grown – gaining participants, volunteer nominees and sponsorships.  The first event had 150 people present with 12 honorees.  By the 15th annual, 400 attended the ceremony with over 20 honorees.  In 2010, we had 940 registrants, over 400 honorees and 31 corporate sponsors.   The number grew again in 2012 with 1,030 attendees, 373 honorees and 52 sponsors.  And most recently, in 2014 we saw 1,050 attendees and 376 honorees from 162 community organizations and businesses.

What started as a small nonprofit awards program has turned into a community-wide celebration with participation across the public, private & nonprofit sectors.

Although the event has grown five-fold, the essence and intent have remained the same – to honor the service of the individuals, teams and business that make our community a stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and play.


Giving is Living Award

For the last 27 years, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards has been the venue to announce the Giving is Living Award, celebrating the work of influential organizations, families and business that participate in outstanding community volunteerism.

In February 2016, a selection committee made up of OneOC Board members, noted nonprofit professionals and business leaders carefully reviewed nominations and after careful consideration, selected Tom's Truck Center and High School Inc. as recipients of the 2016 Giving is Living Award. 

OneOC was proud to honor the outstanding partnership between Tom's Truck Center and the High School Inc. with the 2016 Giving is Living Award at the Luncheon on April 28, 2016.


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Leadership Camp

Through a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America and the Irvine Ranch Outoor Education Center, High School Inc. has been providing the means and opportunity for students to attend an amazing leadership experience in the form of a two day overnight camp! 

The mission of The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center is to serve all youth of Orange County by providing quality outdoor educational programs that instill in them an appreciation of the outdoors and the environment, teach effective teamwork, instruct about the cultural history of Orange County and provide access to the natural resources of the surrounding areas.

This 210-acre outdoor education center, owned and operated by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, is located in Orange, California and accessible through Irvine Regional Park. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) features the High School Inc. two-day academic and recreational programming. Our hands-on approach to outdoor education allows participants to explore the outdoors while developing creativity, leadership skills and a respect for the environment.

Lighthouse Academy Designation 2013-Present

Since its inception in 2007, High School Inc. has been the recipient of many distinguished awards and accreditations. One such award was presented to High School Inc.’s Global Business Academy in early 2013, when they were honored as one of 10 Lighthouse Academies by The California Department of Education’s state leadership for California Partnership Academies (CPA). This program was developed in an effort to identify exemplary CPA programs and to allow their deep understanding of the CPA model, to positively influence the other 481 California Partnership Academies, statewide.

California Partnership Academies (CPAs) have received considerable attention in recent years, as they have been determined to be among the most effective delivery models in the nation for high school reform.  Data clearly shows CPAs increase student attendance, graduation rates, motivation and post-graduation success; and they have been particularly successful in addressing the needs of students with troubling, educational achievement gaps. For this reason, the state legislature has nearly doubled the number of CPAs funded in the past five years and continues to support the growth of these programs.

This commendable award speaks to an extraordinary amount of effort expended by the students, as well as the team work that exists between educators, management, the Santa Ana Unified School District and the business community at large.  High School Inc. is proud to be only one of 10 academies to be presented this prestige award and this strong “vote of confidence” to help positively impact other academies in California.

XQ Project Semi-Finalists - 2016


Sure, IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is important. It measures how we process information. But it isn’t everything.
In fact, the latest science shows that intelligence is not fixed and that there’s a lot more to a person’s capability that what can be measured in an IQ test.
What also matters is a person’s EQ (Emotional Quotient)—the ability to relate to others, understand emotional cues and collaborate.
But today, neither IQ nor EQ is enough. There’s a certain something, something we call XQ, that’s essential for success in the new era we’re entering.

Learn more at the XQ Project website:

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Estrella Awards Recipient - 2013

In April of 2013, High School Inc. was honored with an Estrella Award in the category of Education, by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  This was a very special honor, where both corporations and individuals who are strong contributors in the Hispanic community were publicly recognized.

The Orange County Hispanic Chamber’s objective is to continue assisting the Hispanic business community, and through the awards ceremony, to recognize outstanding contributions in the fields of business, community and education.  The 20th Annual Estrella Awards culminated in a dinner celebration and awards ceremony and was held at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom in Anaheim, CA.


Additional Awards & Accomplishments in the Press

Getting Smart 

"Santa Ana Unified Creating Incredible Pathways for Students K-12"



"High School Inc. program leverages local businesses to promote college and career readiness"


OC Register

"High School Inc.: Workforce training goes all business"



"Businesses, Santa Ana USD work together to help students and community”


OC Register

"Valley High animation program brings the working world to school"

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