Long Beach Unified School District
Robert A. Millikan High School
2800 Snowden Avenue
Long Beach, California 90815
(562) 425-7441 Fax (562) 425-1151
Safe School Report
Dr. Jeff Cornejo Don Keller
Table of Contents
II. Step One: Identify Safe School Planning Committee........................2
III. Step Two: Create a Vision ...............................................................3
IV. Step Three: Gather Analyze Information about the School
the Community .................................................................................5
V. Step Four: Identify School and Community Areas of Desired
VI. Step Five: Set Major Goals ............................................................13
VII. Step Six: Select Strategies for Each Component ............................15
VIII. Step Seven: Evaluate and Assess Progress ....................................16
IX. Component 1: Personal Characteristics of Students and Staff........17
X. Component 2: The School’s Physical Environment.......................19
XI. Component 3: The School’s Social Environment ..........................20
XII. Component 4: The School’s Culture.............................................21
Safe School Report
for Millikan High School
Millikan High School has a school safety committee which was formed during the fall of 2000. The
committee meets to evaluate concerns and conditions on the campus. With the mandate of SB-187, this
committee will develop a Safe School Plan and review all emergency plans which directly affect our
school site. The committee realizes that the plan must be user friendly and that both staff development
and emergency drills must be held yearly. The importance of on-going self-assessment and continual
evaluation is very important. This document is for the entire school community to view and to become
aware of, thus expediting resources and personnel in the event of any emergency situation.
Step 1: Identify Safe School Planning
The Safe School Plan Committee will be composed of a cross section of the various school community
members of Millikan High School. The Committee will start meeting in the 2003/2004 school year and
work on integrating the various aspects of the school safety plan.
Safe School Plan Committee Members
Pat Erlandson School Nurse
Allyson Garcia Cafeteria Supervisor
Gail Miller Parent Representative
Ben Martinez Assistant Principal
Norma Mata Senior Office Assistant
Karen Briggs Head Counselor
Marcia Lynn Counselor
Rod Petkovic Parent Representative
Andrea Itson Faculty Member
Kaisha Irving Assistant Principal
David Swenson Head Custodian
Guillermo Jimenez Assistant Principal
Dorian Eveland Assistant Principal
Step 2: Create a Vision
Long Beach Unified School District
The mission of the Long Beach Unified School District is to insure the educational success of all
students by having high expectations, a commitment to excellence, and a comprehensive program,
confirming the belief that all students can learn and become responsible, productive members of a
Millikan High School
A Community that promotes academic excellence, personal integrity, and essential life skills.
Millikan High School
Staff Belief Statements
As educators we believe that:
A. We are all here to teach children.
B. We parallel the parents and are important in the life of the child.
C. We are powerful role models.
D. We create the environment where learning can take place.
E. We develop accountability in students.
F. We enhance student skills and knowledge.
G. We are accountable to serve our school community.
We also believe that all our students:
A. Have the potential and ability to achieve by producing quality work.
B. Are accountable for their actions.
C. Have the right to succeed/learn in a safe environment.
D. Have worth as human beings.
E. Are responsible for work in progress, attendance, attitude, and behavior.
We believe that parents must:
A. Be active partners with the schools for them to be successful.
B. Are responsible for their children’s actions, learning and behavior.
C. Have the responsibility to encourage children to work hard at school.
We believe that a positive school climate results when:
A. All participate in school activities which generate respect and school spirit.
B. The school is a partnership composed of staff, students, parents and businesses.
C. Misbehavior is not tolerated and consequences for it are immediate.
We believe that learning is fostered when:
A. There are consistent standards throughout the school and its programs.
B. Students are in attendance 95% of time (not to exceed 10 absences).
C. Education is viewed as an adventure in which the individual discovers his/her own
D. The school is first a place of learning.
E. The school provides a curriculum in which all students can excel based on their
F. The curriculum addresses real life situations and problems.
G. Motivation and high expectations are part of the school community.
Step 3: Gather and Analyze Information
about the School and the Community
Robert A. Millikan High School opened in 1956 as a neighborhood school with an enrollment of 2,500.
The neighborhood around the school has remained stable since that time and is composed of middle and
upper-level tract homes. The majority of the neighborhood is White with a sprinkling of Blacks, Asians,
and Hispanics. All of these residents fall into the middle to upper-middle class economic range, and set
high expectations for their children.
As the community has aged, so have its residents; therefore, only about 25.6% of Millikan’s current
enrollment comes from the immediate neighborhood. The remaining 74.4% of the student body are
bused to Millikan from the central area and the West Side. These students bring a rich diversity to
Millikan by infusing the school with a wide range of ethnic groups. The Hispanic group is the majority
population with significant numbers of Asians and Blacks. These students usually come from workingclass
homes, but some do come from the poverty level.
650 out of our 4,132 students are classified as limited English proficiency (ELL – English Language
Learner). Since the largest number of ELL students speak Spanish, the school has a growing English
Language Learner program.
Clearly, the demographics of the school have changed a great deal since 1956. The current population
for the 2007-2008 school year is 4,132 students. The school has a reputation for a calm, peaceful
atmosphere that is very conducive to education.
Site Resources Community Resources
Los Angles County Department of Education
76 On-Campus Clubs Administrative Staff
Long Beach Health Department
Advisory Committee ELAC DATE Program
Booster Organizations Regional Occupation Programs
Cafeteria Long Beach Fire Department
Career Guidance Center California State University, Long Beach
Carl Perkins Committee Lakewood County Sheriff Department
Classified Staff Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department
Custodial Staff Local Businesses
Faculty LBPD Juvenile Division
Full Time Nurse and Assistant Elks Club
Groundskeeping Staff LA County Office of Probation
Khmer Speaking Community Worker Junior Ebells
Media Center Search and Rescue
New Teacher Committee Long Beach City College
Numerous Computer Labs Long Beach School for Adults
Other Support Personnel Rotary Club
The Rambler (school newsletter) Building Bridges Camps
Parents LBPD East Division
Peer Counselors Long Beach Symphony
PTSA Department of Children Services
Quest Police Community Summits
Site Based Decision Making Opportunities for Youth
Spanish Speaking Community Worker Lions Club
Care Center Long Beach Aquarium
Student Council Educational Partnership High School
Students Business Partners
Instructional Leadership Team National Conference of Community Justice
Lead Teachers Long Beach City College
Professional Learning Communities Boy Scouts of America
Smaller Learning Communities Explorer Learning for Lift programs
Counselors Military Branches
Psychologist L.B. Youth Opportunity Center
1 Psychologist Intern Boeing
Port of Long Beach Upward Bound
Prides and Strengths
Articulation with CSULB LBCC
Community and Business Partners
Deep commitment to Character Education
Extensive extra-curriculum program
Business community Partnerships
Culture of collaboration and success
Knowledgeable and Caring Staff
Many Parents Request for Special Transfers
Pathway to Excellence and Integrity
Staff that works well as a team
Strong, Winning Athletic Programs
Strong Parental Support
Strong Fine Arts Department
WASC Accreditation for Six Years
Well-Behaved and Academically Motivated Student Body
Well-Maintained and Attractive Campus
School to home communication:
Posting of grades on line
Quarterly school newsletter
Smaller Learning Communities
Evening High School Report
Fall Semester Spring Semester
2004/2005 358 404
2005-2006 401 420
2006/2007 558 602
2007/2008 495 592
MOP (Millikan Opportunity Program)
Fall Semester Spring Semester
2004/2005 12 27
2005/2006 15 25
2006/2007 38 42
2007/2008 36 32
There has been a reported decrease in the number of theft on campus. The biggest areas
of concern are the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and the north and south parking lots.
These areas seem to be where the most property is stolen. Freshmen at Millikan High
School are, by far, the group that is most preyed upon.
Number of Reported Thefts in 2001/02 125
Number of Reported Thefts in 2002/03 119
Number of Reported Thefts in 2003/04 126
Number of Reported Thefts in 2004/05 131
Number of Reported Thefts in 2005/2006 142
Number of Reported Thefts in 2007/2008 135
Analysis of the Data
After analysis of both the site and community data the following recommendations were made:
All Millikan High School events must be properly supervised.
Improve relationship with the members of the LBPD East Station. The
relationship with that Department should be as good as the relationship with
Parking lot security has to be improved.
Step 4: Identify Areas of Desired Change
The immediate need for the Safe Schools Program is that Millikan High School draws together the
various stakeholders of the school. These involved parties will then continue to meet the requirements
Millikan High School staff has designated three areas for improvement. They are as follows:
- Achieve expected growth toward meeting our API and AYP.
- Raise student achievement by meeting expected growth on API and AYP.
- Continue our schoolwide focus on literacy and algebra.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
On March 5, 2007 Robert A. Millikan High School went through the WASC accreditation process.
High Priority Objectives
1. Develop rigorous and comprehensive literacy and numeracy programs that have structures in
place to help improve student achievement in all content areas, especially among Hispanics and
African American students.
2. Close the achievement gap for ELL students in order to promote equity and student success in all
3. Build a positive school culture of trust and collaboration to improve student achievement in all
content areas and professional collegiality between all staff.
Step 5: Set Major Goals
Based on the analysis of the major areas of desired change, our priorities for action are as follows:
1. Emergency Response Time needs to be improved by all parties involved.
This is a site, District, and outside agency problem.
2. Increase communication with the District. All issues that concern student
safety should be shared within the District. When another school has racial
unrest or there are problems in the neighborhoods, Millikan would greatly
benefit from this information. The information must be delivered in a timely
3. Security has to be improved when students are walking to and from their buses.
Many incidents seem to happen at the bus stops.
Goals to Focus on for
2007/2008 School Year
1. Millikan High School will develop and implement a strategic plan for the use of
technology for teaching and learning for staff and students.
2. Millikan High School will implement a plan to ensure that all students demonstrate
proficiency in the following essential learning’s by the completion of high school:
California Standards, core values, technology, career paths and employability
3. Millikan High School will implement a flexible schedule that supports the goals of
personalization, collaboration and learning for students, teachers and parents.
4. Millikan High School will close the achievement gap.
Step 6: Select and Implement Strategies for
Our goal is to provide students, staff and parents on-going staff development on
emergency preparedness procedures.
Update emergency procedure plans each year.
All classrooms should have emergency procedures posted.
Provide opportunities for CPR and First Aid training.
After all emergency drill practices provide evaluation form.
Our goal is to provide each staff member and student with a safe and clean learning
Continue daily inspections by Head Custodian.
Continue to work as a team to keep the campus well maintained.
All staff will report areas in need of attention to administration.
Hold students responsible for picking up trash on campus.
Our goal is to provide each staff member, student, and parent a clear understanding of
rules and expectations at Millikan High School.
Merit/Demerit policy posted in each classroom.
Attendance policy will be sent home during first full week of school.
Students and parents will be informed of Millikan’s discipline policy.
Fair and Consistent consequences for all violations of school rules.
Continue on the Pathway to Excellence and Integrity.
Our goal is to increase the number of students who feel that they are a part of Millikan
Improve communication between the school, parents, and students.
Promote participation in all aspects of campus life among the students.
Promote caring and friendly environment.
Continue to keep the campus a safe and orderly environment.
Step 7: Evaluate and Assess Progress
Many of the attributes of the Safe School Plan have previously been implemented. There is a concerted
effort at this time to abide by the mandate set by SB 187.
During the 2008/20009 school year, the Millikan High School Safety Plan will be refined. The plans are
now set for several meetings of the committee when school starts. Surveys will be produced and run
during the upcoming school year and the results will be reported.
Component 1: Personal Characteristics of
Students and Staff
Definition: The traits that students, teachers, administrators, and other personnel bring to the campus
For the school year of 2006/2007, the student population at Millikan High School totaled 4132 students.
Of that number there were 1040 students who lived in the Millikan home school area. There were 22
school buses, which transported the remaining students who live outside the home school area. The
number of students represented by each ethnic group is as follows:
Native American .2%
Pacific Islander .7%
Of the 4132 students, approximately 15.7% were classified as English Language Learners (ELL). Since
the largest number of ELL students speak Spanish, the school has a large, effective English Language
Attendance has been a focal point of improvement at Millikan High School for the past three years, and
the current numbers reflect that change. Millikan’s average daily attendance is 97.82%. The transience
rate of the high schools in LBUSD is currently 1.22%. The transience rate at Millikan High School is
Ethnic distribution of certificated staff (as reported in the most recent CBEDS DATA).
Pacific Islander .58%
Multiple or no response 4%
From information obtained from the last CBEDS data report the academic preparation of the certificated
staff is as follows:
Certificated Staff Bachelors Masters Doctorate
94 76 2
From information obtained from the last WASC report the ethnic distribution of the classified staff is as
American Indian 1%
Pacific Islander 2%
Component 2: The School Physical
Definition: The physical conditions in which education takes place (location, buildings,
Address: 2800 Snowden Avenue, Long Beach, California 90815
Phone: 562.425.7441 Fax: 562.425.1151
Robert A. Millikan High School opened in 1956 as a neighborhood school
with an enrollment of 2,500. The current population of the school is predicted
to be 41325. The neighborhood around the school has remained stable since that time
and is composed of middle and upper level tract homes. The majority of the
neighborhood is white with a sprinkling of blacks, Asians, and Hispanics. All of these
residents fall into the middle to upper-middle class economic range and set high
expectations for their children.
As the community has aged, so have its residents; therefore, only about 25.6% of
Millikan’s current enrollment comes from the immediate neighborhood. Approximately
74.4% of the school’s population comes from the other various parts of town. The
Hispanic group is the majority population at 54.8% with significant numbers of Asians
and Blacks. These students usually come from working-class homes, but some do come
from the poverty level.
The school is located in an area that is reported to be one of the lowest crime reporting
locations in the city of Long Beach. There is a mixture of businesses and single family
dwellings surrounding the school. The school is located close to both Long Beach City
College and California State University at Long Beach. The area contains many parks
and green belts.
Component 3: The School Social Environment
Definition: The organizational and interpersonal processes that occur in and around the school
(structure, procedures, and organization).
Millikan’s administrative staff is composed of two (2) Co-Principals, four (4) Assistant Principals, one
(1) Facilitator, and one (1) Activities Specialist. Administrative meetings are held weekly to help keep
communication open and to ensure fair and consistent consequences for all students. Millikan has one
(1) Head Counselor; eight (8) Grade level counselors,Three (3) Project T.E.A.M. counselors and one (1)
Pathways counselors. All Counselors assist students in both academic and personal career issues. Other
Counseling services include Peer Counselors, Drug Counselors, Psychologist and Conflict Mediation.
Other support services include a full time Nurse, two (2) Athletic Directors, Media Center, Career
Center, and numerous computer labs.
The Site Council helps to make decisions on the campus. There are monthly meetings of the Site
Monthly faculty, conference period meetings and Monday afternoon meetings are held to facilitate
communication and foster collaboration among teachers and staff. Daily Bulletins are read in second
period classes and are posted.
Component 4: The School Culture
Definition: The general atmosphere or spirit of the school (norms, beliefs and values).
Positive Observations by Teachers
1. Visible security staff
2. Front entrance is secured
3. Campus has a feeling of safety
4. Students are friendly
Comments for Improvement by Teachers
1. Front gate security needs to stop and question any person entering/leaving campus
2. Slow response time by truancy van
3. Slow response time by school security
4. Students leave campus without permission