What is ADP?

Breaking News for the 2019-2020 School Year!

Academic Design Program will house the new Cisco Networking Academy classes. It will be up to a three-year program (Sophomore, Junior and Senior year) including the following sequence of courses:

  1. IT Essentials (one year course--prerequisite for Networking classes)
  2. CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks
  3. CCNA 2: Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials
  4. CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

Successful completion of the four courses makes students eligible to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) test. Earning a CCNA card opens up many employment and future training opportunities! Download the document below for an overview of the program.

CCNA Certification and Training Program
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Walnut High School Open House & 50th Anniversary Celebration

Academic Design Program Student(s) of the Month:


August: Yvette Baron Torres, Class of 2021

September: Melanie Uyuni & Justin Rancour, Class of 2020

October: Brandon Yu, Class of 2019

November: Jacob Alquicira & Amber Wang, Class of 2019 and 2020

December: Segis Estrada, Class of 2021

January: Javen Sebastian, Class of 2021

February: Rocky Espinosa, Class of 2019

March: Samantha Stone, Class of 2019

April: Francesca (Frenchy) McKenzie, Class of 2020

May: Marilyn Perez & Lauren Miranda, Class of 2021


September: Matthew Wittingham, Class of 2018

March: Lauren Chavez, Class of 2019

April: Jade Lattimore, Class of 2018

May: Christopher Marquez, Class of 2019


September (first ever!): Alyssa Gomez, Class of 2018

October: Sam Noiboonsook, Class of 2017

November: Alaniz Lopez, Class of 2017

December: Tony Ferrusi, Class of 2019

January: Carmen Zavala, Class of 2017

February: Nick Gutierrez, Class of 2018

April: Juliette Millard, Class of 2017

May: Ariel Stubbs, Class of 2019

An introduction to the Academic Design Program @Walnut High School

The Academic Design Program (ADP) is a standards-based, integrated approach to learning. Using Design-Based Learning methodology, Math, Social Science, and English are brought together as the students work through real-world problems in search of real-world solutions. Students will see the application of math, experience the history, and enhance reading, writing and communication skills to work towards developing 21st Century thinking proficiency.


Program Benefits

  • Meets A-G requirements (i.e., college or university prep)
  • Students in ADP maintain eligibility for athletics and co-curricular activities and share common lunch with the entire student body
  • Emphasis on hands-on activities, real-world problem-solving, interaction, and communication
  • A dedicated core of academic teachers for English and Social Studies; curriculum is set by the state and common core standards for all subjects
  • Small learning community--class sizes smaller than average
  • ADP classes are scheduled for up to three periods a day, allowing students to participate in a full selection of electives and other activities for the remainder of the school day
  • Chromebooks, desktop computers, and iPads using word processing, design, photo, movie, music
  • One, two, and three-year program participation options
  • Opportunity for involvement through ADP Council and classroom leadership


The Academic Design Program emphasizes the 5 C's of Common Core:

  • Creativity: students design original solutions to multidimensional problems; they build 3-dimensional objects and structures
  • Collaboration: students work in teams, sharing ideas and drawing conclusions from the interactions; work-based learning experiences are built in to Challenges through the year
  • Critical Thinking: all solutions to problems must be "never before seen" and apply the concepts of core academic subjects
  • Communication: students have informal class discussions and reflections of the curriculum verbally and/or in writing; they present solutions live, in class or via other multi-media resources
  • Citizenship: students are in work groups throughout the year and have rights, privileges and responsibilities within those groups as well as across the program

The ADP Team:

  • Emily Alder--Social Studies ealder@wvusd.k12.ca.us
  • Josh Bandy--English jbandy@wvusd.k12.ca.us
  • Kate Borihane--English kborihane@wvusd.k12.ca.us
  • Aaron Cornell--Social Studies acornell@wvusd.k12.ca.us
  • Andrea Deligio--Instructional Dean adeligio@wvusd.k12.ca.us
  • Jennifer L. Sorbara--Program Coordinator, Math jsorbara@wvusd.k12.ca.us
  • Elisabeth Everts--Program GLC eeverts@wvusd.k12.ca.us


Academic Design Program Overview
ADP Promo Flyer 2019_20.pdf
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What is the Academic Design Program?

Filmed, directed and edited by former ADP student, Fatima AlHooty. Fatima is in her second year at Cal State Fullerton majoring in Cinema and Television Arts.

ADP Alumni Survey

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ADP Alumni Survey