Yosemite High School is one of nine high schools in the Merced Union High School District. Applications for enrollment are reviewed by the district screening committee. The screening committee decides which educational program is best for the student in accordance with district and state policies. Yosemite High School, the only continuation school in the MUHSD, is located on the East Campus Education Center (ECEC). ECEC houses the following schools and programs in addition to Yosemite High School: Independence High School, Merced Adult School, Sequoia High School (a community day school), the Child Development Center which includes services an classes for Teen Parents and their children, ROP (Regional Occupational Program), DOC (District Opportunity Center), and Anger Management (AMP).
Yosemite High School, serves a diverse student population from the communities of Livingston, Ballico, Snelling, and Cressey in the northern section of the Merced Union High School District; the communities of Atwater, Winton, and McSwain in the central part of the district; and Merced and El Nido to the South. In addition to ECEC, Merced Union High School District consists of six traditional high schools.
While the area is showing progress from double-digit unemployment rates there is still a lag behind state and national unemployment averages. For the 2015-2016 school year, 91% of Yosemite High School students were eligible for free and/or reduced lunches. Yosemite High School is involved in a number of state and federal programs that require parent and community input.
Since 2012, the student population of Yosemite High School increased to 340 students on the East Campus Education Center site. The majority of students placed into Yosemite High School are deficient in credits. Some students transfer back to their traditional campus once they are current in credits for their grade level. Students have the opportunity to take classes to accelerate their progress in earning credits. A student at Yosemite may transfer from one class into another when they complete the course. Students may enroll in additional programs to earn credits to reach their goals.
It is the belief of the administration and teaching staff of Yosemite High School that all students can learn at a high level in order to meet all state standards. We further assert that those students who succeed at Yosemite High School take charge of their own goals and understand their own learning style. They ask for help and know how to put that help to good use. In other words, YHS students take initiative to direct their own learning. Teachers provide encouragement and guidance, but acquiring knowledge is the responsibility of the student. The responsibility of all staff is to provide an environment conducive to student learning, all materials necessary to convey the standards-based curriculum, and an environment of mutual trust and safety for learning to occur.
During the 2014-15 school year, Yosemite High School went through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process. At that time, Yosemite was given a six-year accreditation with a mid cycle review at three-years.