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Mr. Sean Boulton

2020-2021 School Year Message

We are in the middle of facing a myriad of defining moments, as three different challenges confront us simultaneously: COVID continues to spread through Orange County, a protest movement across America compels us to examine our history and evaluate our current society, and uncertainty surrounds our economic recovery. Now more than ever, we must work together to usher the youth of our community through it all. Now more than ever, we must listen and learn, we must remember our common ground, we must recognize the shared humanity of our neighbors locally, our fellow Americans, and the 7.5 billion people in other places around the world.

Please know that we are on this journey together, that getting to this point has been tedious (at best), that all of us want a return to normalcy. We simply are not there, yet. We have the will, we have the capacity, and we have a plan to get to June. Our students and staff are at the forefront of every decision, safety is a priority, and the overarching goal is to host in-person instruction during the 2020-21 school year. Variables will change from one day to the next, and we will respond accordingly. Please keep reading the updates and communicating with us as we progress through Level 3 to Level 1.

A special note to our seniors: We know that this is a big year for you. First, we assure you that we will support you as you plan for life after high school. We will do all we can to communicate regarding transcripts, college applications, AP/IB exams, etc.—and to answer all questions that come up. I am personally drafting a letter that describes the changes in schedules, learning environment, grading policies, and other school dynamics since March 13, 2020. Please attach this letter from me to your school profile when you submit your applications. More importantly, every teacher, counselor, staff member, and administrator knows that the many rewards of your senior year are in jeopardy. We will not forget you. We will work together—teachers and staff, parents and students—to keep as many of the traditions of senior year alive as possible, to improve those that we can, and to invent new ones whenever necessary to commemorate the extraordinary moment.


There is no perfect solution to what we currently face. But together, as Sailors, we will get through this. Stay strong. Stay safe. Help others. Stay connected.

Go Sailors!

Sean Boulton, Principal

Administration: Principal


Phone: (949) 515-6301



Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Locally Controlled Accountability Plan (LCAP) 
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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Newport Harbor in 1951
Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy centers on student learning, and I am completely committed to the concept that every student can learn and that teachers become the pathway for those educational experiences. It is my belief that educational leaders are the energy behind excellent teaching through which students discover and internalize the understanding and skills they need for a productive, meaningful and satisfying life within our global society. Principals must promote teaching that challenges students to reach beyond merely knowing and understanding the course material. Students should be encouraged to analyze information, critically discuss ideas, find ways to apply their learning in real life situations, define concepts within an international frame of reference, and ultimately use their intellectual growth to create and evaluate new forms and perspectives. School should exist to spark the imagination of every student; great high schools have leaders that value all students and realize that students learn differently, and that every student is not going to college. We must provide different pathways for success so our high school students have vocational goals in addition to college goals, and reinstall value in technical jobs that require complex skills.  I believe in an inclusive educational community that embraces a wide range of diversity, and that guidance interventions can make a difference to reinforce a students' focus for success. Further, the administration of a comprehensive high school must hold students accountable for their social behavior, and set academic expectations high if our students are to become productive scholars on our high school campuses. The best high schools are magical for students and change their lives, and make them lifelong learners. I feel that my personal and professional experiences have prepared me well for the public high school principalship, and guidance from my mentors have shaped my educational philosophy. One of the greatest challenges in our multilingual, multicultural, and complex global society is preparing our youth for the future. It is my goal that Newport Harbor High School just doesn't educate our students well, but we also teach them to how to positively reshape the world in unimaginable ways. 


Sean Boulton first earned a bachelor's degree in History from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and taught in the Springfield Unified School District for two years.

After completing his first master's degree in English Education--also from Drury--he returned to Southern California in 1998 to teach English in the Los Angeles Unified School District at Charles Maclay Middle School in Pacoima.

After a year there, it was on to teach English at Ensign Middle School.  While there, he earned his second master's degree in Administration from Cal State Fullerton.

Sean Boulton's first administration position was at Estancia High School where he served as an assistant principal.
In 2006 he moved on to Laguna Hills High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District where he served as an assistant principal for two years.

He was subsequently named principal of Laguna Hills High, a position he held for the next 5 years.
After many wonderful years at the "Home of the Hawks" in Laguna Hills, it was back to Newport-Mesa Unified and Newport Harbor High School!

Sean is currently entering his eighth year as Principal of Newport Harbor-Dr. Boulton earned his Education Doctorate Degree from Grand Canyon University April of 2017.   Go Sailors!