Valley High School will be launching an intensive academic course of study for 500 of its freshmen and sophomores next year.
The pilot program will be for a mix of students, including high achievers and students taking English as a second language.
The Santa Ana Unified School District has committed $200,000 from its share of state lottery funds to create "an academics-intensive course of study for freshmen and sophomores at Valley High."
Applicants for the program who meet the criteria will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. About 500 freshmen and sophomores are expected to qualify.