Total Enrollment: 19,700
|Students identified as students with disabilities:||9.0%|
|Students indentified as economically disadvantaged:||80.0%|
|Students identified as minority:||94.0%|
|Students identified as English language learners:||24.0%|
|Students identified as talented/gifted:||13.0%|
"It has been said that the Val Verde Unified School District should be in program improvement and facing state and federal sanctions based on our demographics, but nothing could be further from the truth," said Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services Michael McCormick. In fact, 20 of the district's 21 schools "continue to demonstrate strong academic growth across all grade levels and for all groups of students," he added. Approximately 72 percent of the district's student population is comprised of Hispanic students, and close to a fourth of all students is classified as English Language Learners (ELL). According to staff, the district has the highest rate in southern California of children living in foster care, group homes, or multiple family homes, and over three quarters of the district's students live in poverty. But the teachers, principals, central office staff members, and classified staff who constitute the Val Verde Unified School District (VVUSD) community look beyond the numbers and believe, as a group, that their job is to cherish and prepare each student. "For every single child, regardless of race, creed, or disability, our job is to give them the skills to be able to work, to be a productive member of society, and to make a difference in the world, no matter where they start," said Dr. Michelle Richardson, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services.
It has been said that the Val Verde Unified School District should be in program improvement and facing state and federal sanctions based on our demographics, but nothing could be further from the truth.
– Michael McCormick, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services
Located in the heart of what is known as the Inland Empire, VVUSD encompasses a 67 square mile area in a predominantly rural, but increasingly suburban, region of Riverside County. The district serves children in 21 schools (12 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, and one alternative high school). Riverside County is home to more than one million residents, is the fourth largest county in the state, and is situated directly east of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, extending from within 14 miles of the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River (Riverside County California).
Val Verde Unified School District Photos