Linden is a small rural, unincorporated community in the Eastern portion of San Joaquin County. Linden High School is a comprehensive high school of approximately 760 students. San Joaquin Delta College, located in Stockton and Modesto Junior College, located in Modesto are each approximately 30 minutes away. The closest state universities are about an hour's drive away. Linden High School is part of the Linden Unified School District. The district includes a continuation high school which was established in 2008, two community day schools, one high and one middle, one primary school, one middle school and two K-8 schools. The district serves students within a 257 square-mile area.
Linden High School began classes in 1921. The student population at Linden High School is unusually stable. Several families have attended the school for a couple of generations. Several staff members are themselves graduates of Linden High School. This stability provides a rich history and character to the school. Many remember when the football field was still a cherry orchard and the elementary school was on the east end of the campus.
Economically, the community of Linden relies heavily on agriculture and related businesses. Other employment opportunities are found within easy commuting distance in such cities as Stockton, Manteca and Modesto. There are very few businesses and employment opportunities in Linden outside of agriculture.
Linden High School operates on a traditional calendar. During the 2007-2008 school year the staff spent hours researching and evaluating the effectiveness of the alternating A/B block schedule that the school had been operating on since 1996. A seven-period hybrid schedule was implemented in 2008. Students attend periods 1 - 7 on Monday and Friday for 48 minutes each. On Tuesday, students attend periods 1 - 5, Wednesday, periods 6, 7, 1, 2 and Thursday, periods 3 -7 for 70 minutes in length. The hybrid schedule allows for more frequent and consistent teacher/student contact. On Wednesday, students are dismissed at 1:34 to allow for weekly staff collaboration. Meeting agendas are set by the Department Chairpersons monthly.
Students are challenged by a strong academic curriculum with opportunities in the arts, agriculture, computer education, family and consumer education, industrial education, and physical education. A wide range of co-curricular experiences supplement the classroom for students, including 19 (men's and women's) varsity sports and a variety of service and curricular related clubs. Linden High School places a priority on maintaining a school environment that promotes student self-esteem and safety.
Linden High School is extremely proud of the programs available and of the students within our small community. Primarily a farming town, Linden has had increasing rates of students applying to and enrolling in 4-year colleges and universities. Recently, it was announced that Linden High School has the highest percentage, in San Joaquin County, of students taking the SAT and a 60% completion rate of students taking A-G classes required for entrance into California State Colleges and Universities.
Additionally, Linden provides a strong Career and Technical component, complementing our outstanding academics. The agriculture classes and Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) have consistently solid programs, with students who go on to win prizes at the annual county fair. ROP, Landscape and Plant Production, has provided students with the opportunity of designing and planting the area around our new Multi-purpose room. The Construction Technology students won 1st place at the Sacramento Builders Exchange Design and Build Competition, competing among 25 high schools in Northern California. The student farm is in full production, growing grapes, walnuts and cherries, with buyers for all of the crops harvested each year. This farm is fully ran and operated by the students, with the guidance from our agriculture instructors.
In 2002 the Community Career Center at Linden HS was awarded the California Career Education Association Excellence in Education Outstanding Career Center Award. The Career Center has been responsible for implementing several sustainable programs. The Laptop Lending Library provides students with the opportunity of check out a laptop for use at home. A recent survey conducted within our county showed that Linden HS is the only school within the county that provides students with laptop computers for check out use at home.