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Estancia High School introduced the Lyceum Academy in fall 2017.  The Lyceum Academy was created with the support of N-MUSD’s Superintendent and School Board to retain and attract gifted and talented 9th grade students in the Estancia High School attendance area.  Recently, we accepted our 5th class of freshmen and are looking forward to continuing to refine and enhance the experiences of the students. 

The program is designed to identify incoming 9th grade students with strong academic skills and motivation, and provide these students with support structures needed to qualify for admission at some of the nation’s top-tier universities.  The vision of the Lyceum Academy is to provide a personalized high school experience with individualized support and college guidance, exclusive educational and cultural experiences, and a broad range of college visits, including an extended visit to colleges in Northern California.  Students will have at least one class in common every year. Students who are involved in other programs are given opportunities to take summer school courses through Coastline Community College. During 11th and 12th grade, the goal for all Lyceum students is to qualify for either the College Board Capstone Diploma or earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. All students participate in the Lyceum Colloquium in late May, which is a showcase of their skills, and  Lyceum hopes to re-start a lecture series in May and June that is open to all students and parents.     

All students develop a close relationship with their Lyceum Academy advisory teachers and counselor. The hope is that participation in the Lyceum Academy will provide Estancia High School students the opportunity to distinguish themselves as they pursue their post-high school goals.  

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Events for the 2021-22 School Year:

Sophomores and Juniors take the PSAT on campus, October 13, 2021

Trip to Immersive Van Gogh Experience and UCLA, thanks to a grant from the Newport Mesa Schools Foundation! October 20, 2021

Sweet Start for Finals Grab & Go Snacks December 13, 2021

Lyceum Night at the Theater "Wolves" January 13, 2022

Trip to San Diego State and UC San Diego March 9, 2022

Juniors and Seniors: AP Capstone presentations April, 2022

Application and Interviews for new cohort April, 2022

Lyceum Night at the Theater -"Clue" April 28, 2022

Lyceum Colloquium and Senior Pinning for all grade levels and families   May 25 ,2022 4:30-6:30 PM  Estancia Library

 Incoming freshmen and sophomore UCI Ropes Course, Wednesday, June 15, 2022

       The Spring 2022 application is now closed and the Class of 2026 has been selected! Please visit this site next spring for the Class of 2027 application!          


UCLA October, 2021
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Thank you, NMSF! Oct. 2021
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Our first graduating class (2021)
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Our Lyceum grads followed their educational goals wonderfully! We have students at Berkeley, UCLA, UCSC, UCI, San Diego State, Embry-RIddle Aeronautical, Cal Poly SLO, Loyola Chicago, and other strong schools, including one in Tokyo!  We are really proud of this first class! 
UC Irvine TeamUP Ropes Course
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Each summer, our new freshmen begin their Lyceum journey by attending a full day team building experience at UCI. 
Nor Cal College Trip Feb. 2020- We hope to do another one in FEbruary of 2023 
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Class of 2024 During ETAP
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Lyceum sophomores have 30 minutes of academic support time together  four days a week.
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Established in 2017, beginning with the Class of 2021, this group of scholars makes the journey of high school being part of a support and enrichment system. 

The noun "Lyceum" refers to a literary or teaching institution, first named that way from Aristotle's followers. 

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UC San Diego,  March 9, 2022
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San Diego State, March 9, 2022
Oct. 2021
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So excited to be in the city! 
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UC Riverside Visit 
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The goal for our Lyceum Graduates
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March 6, 2020  Estancia's first AP Seminar Class Presentation! 


9th- AP Human Geography Lyceum Comp Lit I

10th- Lyceum Advisory

11th-  AP Seminar

12th- AP Research

Mrs. Smith will work with students individually to create their optimal learning schedule.

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One of the first field trips in Fall, 2017
UCSD/ San Diego Museum on May 22, 2018
Our Class of 2021 helped us cement the San Diego experience as one of our core trips. 
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City Council Member and EHS Alumnus Arlis Reynolds speaks as part of our series.  May, 2019