It is the Mission of the Davis Joint Unified School District, in partnership with parents, to provide a quality educational program for all students that develops the knowledge, skills, abilities, and values for our students to reach their full potential.
Davis is an attractive suburban community of approximately 66,000 residents and the home of the world-renowned University of California, Davis. Sacramento, the state capital, is 14 miles east of Davis, and San Francisco is 72 miles to the west. Davis residents have access to cultural facilities and abundant recreational offerings in Davis and the San Francisco Bay Area. Its close proximity to California’s coastline, Sierra Nevada mountains, Mother Lode-Gold Rush country, Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and Napa Valley makes Davis a desirable place to live and work.
Many families employed in the region live in the Davis community to enjoy the advantages of its open spaces, the ambiance of the university and the Davis public schools.
Davis has a distinctive character as a "university town." The University of California, Davis began as an agricultural college but now houses more than 25,000 students in various undergraduate majors and in a number of professional schools, including medicine, engineering, law, business and veterinary medicine.
A unique feature of Davis is the longtime popularity of the bicycle as local transportation. Davis’s bikeways have served as a model for cities throughout the nation. Davis also enjoys a reputation for its concern for environmental planning, including a solar energy ordinance that has pioneered the building of solar energy homes in Yolo County.
The School District
The Davis Joint Unified School District is a premier California school district located in a beautiful university community. The District serves approximately 8,800 students in grades K–12 and 2,400 students in an adult education program (on a quarterly basis). During the 2001-2002 school year,the racial-ethnic distribution of the student populations was as follows: 0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 12.3% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 0.9% Filipino, 12.1% Hispanic, 3.5% African American and 68.9% White (not of Hispanic origin). (One percent did not respond.)
The District operates one elementary school with grades K–3 , eight elementary schools with grades K–6, two junior high schools with grades 7–9, a high school (grades 10–12), an alternative high school, an independent study program for grades 1–12 and an adult education center. The 2001-2002 school year brought new additions to the District. Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School opened with grades K–1 for the 2001-2002 school year; the school has begun serving students in grades K–6 during the 2002-2003 school year. César Chávez Elementary School and Montgomery Elementary both house the District's Spanish immersion program. The District also added a Montessori program at Birch Lane Elementary School in 2001-2002. Another elementary school and an additional new junior high school are scheduled to be built within the next two to four years.
The District offers a variety of special programs and services, including school improvement; assistance to limited speakers of English; resource specialists in reading; drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention education; secondary counseling; extended library hours for secondary schools and a school-to-career program. The District also provides a special education program, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program and summer school programs for grades K–12.
Each year, approximately 90 percent of Davis Senior High School graduates enroll in postsecondary institutions. Approximately 60 percent enroll in four-year universities and colleges, including 30–35 percent who matriculate directly into the University of California system. Others attend California or other state colleges and universities, private colleges and universities and community colleges.
Davis schools have a highly qualified professional staff of approximately 575 certificated staff members and approximately 370 classified staff members who provide a sound learning environment. The community traditionally has provided strong financial support to the District through the passage of special tax and bond elections.
Davis Joint Unified School District is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 13
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