EDUCATION ENDLESS LEARNING he City of Fresno and its Department of Education recognizes the fact that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Education opportunities in Fresno are abundant. The area offers quality schools of choice, including public, private and charter schools, vocational and technical training programs and access to some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation.
Fresno Unified School District, the fourth largest school district in California, strives to provide a rich academic experience and meet the educational needs of more than 73,000 students at 110 different schools. The district also boasts an extremely diverse student population, with more than 75 different languages represented, and it offers continuing education for more than 25,000 adults. The district’s main goal is to prepare career ready graduates by sustaining its commitment to high-quality instruction, strong leadership, providing a safe, secure learning environment, and engaging parents and the Fresno community. Because of this strong commitment, the academic performance of Fresno Unified students has steadily increased as a result of dedicated district leadership, and teachers and all employees maintaining the core belief that all students can learn. Graduation rates continue to steadily rise, and the number of chronically absent students has significantly dropped. Fresno Unified has a number of academic programs that help meet the needs of the diverse student population. This year,
the district continued to increase the number of available preschool spaces, providing the district’s youngest students a jump start before entering kindergarten. Specialty offerings such as Cooper Academy, which recently received the prestigious designation as a National International Baccalaureate school, Baird Middle School’s Environmental Science magnet program, the award-winning Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) high school program, and the esteemed Manchester GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program, which engages students who want to pursue a rigorous course study. These programs challenge students to reach their potential and prepare them for success beyond high school. Central Unified School District is the population growth center for the City of Fresno. Its 88-square-mile area spans the entire western fringe of the city. It serves nearly 16,000 students with programs serving preschool, 14 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high school campuses, a continuation school, two community day schools, and an adult school. Central Unified is the fastest growing school district in Fresno City and County. Its vision is succinct – Every Student will be prepared for College, Career and Community.
Clovis Unified School District (CUSD) is a K-12 public school system that serves the cities of Clovis and Fresno as well as some unincorporated areas of Fresno County and the rural community of Friant. The district covers approximately 198 square miles and has a student population of more than 40,000. The district includes much of the northwest area of the City of Fresno, with just over 40 percent of the district’s student population living within Fresno city limits. Educational efforts in the school district go well beyond the basics and focus on meeting every student’s academic needs, raising expectations for all students, operating with increased efficiency and effectiveness, and developing a quality workforce. Clovis Unified emphasizes developing students to their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Services to students include a rigorous curriculum; access to a wide variety of athletic, academic and performing arts opportunities; and an emphasis on the development of good character. CUSD students and schools have been the recipients of numerous local, state, national and international awards in academics and athletics, as well as National Blue Ribbon School awards, State Distinguished School awards and Title I Academic Achievement awards over the course of the district’s 50-plus year history. More information about Clovis Unified can be found online at cusd.com.
Central Unified leads the Fresno metropolitan area schools with 1:1 tablet for every child with 4G access to ensure equity of opportunity. It continues to enhance expansion of the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA). Community partnerships are integral to the VAPA growth. Vocal and band music, theatre productions, art displays and showcases at all grade levels, including elementary schools, are offered. They have also expanded their elementary academic competitions to include Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, Robotics, and Destination Imagination. Central continues to host and compete in the Fresno County Academic Decathlon annual competition. Central High School has greatly expanded its offerings of Career Technical Education (Vocational
Education) classes through several sitespecific academies. Central Unified looks to the future with a commitment to connect, engage and provide ample opportunities for our students to achieve at their highest potential. More information is available at centralunified.org.