“We serve all California students by supporting, developing, and advocating for California’s educational leaders.”
–Dr. Wesley Smith, ACSA Executive Director
The Association of California School Administrators is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. ACSA's top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. Our mission is to be the driving force of education in California and beyond.
ACSA's Every Student Succeeding Series
ACSA believes every student deserves equal opportunities to succeed. On every school day throughout California, dedicated educators and courageous students overcome tremendous challenges to reach their goals. Their success is our success; their powerful stories are our inspiration.
Laila Raymond missed nearly one year of school to bullying. After finally confiding in educators at Fischer Middle School in San Jose, she finally got a break. The school stepped up to end the harassment and Laila has blossomed into an ambitious young woman. With sights set on Stanford and medical school to follow, she hopes one day to take care of children…as a pediatrician. We take you inside the story of a student who succeeded in conquering her bullies and her fears to become her own champion.
Kassan Ortiz Farrakhan went from being a troubled student to a model student, working through issues of anger and alienation from a young age. With the help of administrators and counselors, he has learned to understand his own behavior, respect others and make different choices. Now in junior high, he has participated in his school’s anti-bullying task force and other community service activities.
Abigail Rosales has spent most of her ten birthdays at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Due to severe liver failure, Abigail is on the wait list for a full liver transplant. But you would never know about her medical condition given her incredible spirit and positive personality. In fact, she describes her life as "awesome".