The Turlock Unified School District began its initial school unification on July 1, 2004. Prior to its unification it was composed of the separately governed, but commonly administered Turlock Joint Elementary School District and Turlock Joint Union High School District. Other than being governed by a seven member Board of Trustees and all employees being on the same salary schedules, there was no significant change in actual operations or services. Because of previous common administration, there is a long standing tradition of close cooperation and articulation among the elementary, intermediate and secondary instructional programs.
The 783 teachers and 509 classified employees provide excellent learning opportunities to the 13,796 students. The District includes one primary school, ten elementary sites, one middle school and one junior high school, two large comprehensive high schools and two small alternative high schools. Class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 20 students in grades kindergarten through third. In addition, the District has one of the largest adult school programs in the Central Valley.
Pitman High School (2007), Dutcher Middle School (2005), and Dutcher Elementary School (2002) have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. The District API for 2007 is 732. Special programs include State Preschool programs at 3 elementary school campuses and Head Start programs at 4 elementary school campuses. Project Grow (0-5) is at 3 schools. Curriculum options include a No Excuses University Program, Extended Day Kindergarten, a Dual-Immersion Program, a Math/Science Magnet Program, a Performing Arts Magnet, AVID Programs, GATE and AP classes.
Class sizes for grades 4-12 average approximately 30 students. Employee salaries are significantly above average. Much of the districts financial resources are committed to ensure excellent working / learning conditions for teachers and students. Teachers and students enjoy modern, clean and well supplied classrooms. Campuses are attractive, pleasant and safe learning environments and all classrooms are air conditioned. Significant support is also provided to maximize staff development. Mentor teachers are assigned to assist all new teachers and all staff are encouraged and expected to update their skills. Teachers are assigned minimal supervision duties to enable them to focus on student learning.
We have two schools that flow students to our District from the surrounding area, Mountain View Middle School from Chatom Union School District and Spratling Middle School from Keyes Union School District.
All elementary, intermediate, and secondary schools are on a traditional schedule beginning in the 09-10 school year.
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DISTRICT'S GOALS FOR STUDENTS
- All students within the Turlock Unified School District will be reading at or above grade level by the end of grade 3.
- Students will continue to learn the academic and reasoning skills required to meet District Standards through Grade 12.
- Students graduating from high school will have employable skills and/or be engaged in post high school education.