Orange Unified School District

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Orange Unified School District
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1401 North Handy Street
, California, 92867
United States
District information
SuperintendentEdward Velasquez
NCES District ID0628650 [1]
Students and staff
Enrollment25,420 (2020–2021)[1]
Teachers1,025.26 (FTE)[1]
Staff2,146.32 (FTE)[1]
Student–teacher ratio24.79:1[1]
Other information

Orange Unified School District (OUSD) is a public school district headquartered in Orange, California.

Orange USD serves the cities of Orange and Villa Park, the unincorporated land of Silverado, and parts of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and an unpopulated area of Yorba Linda. Its student enrollment during the 2004–2005 school year was 31,600.


The Orange Unified School District was formed in 1953, when citizens in the City of Orange voted to form a school district, which combined five elementary districts with one high school district.[2][3]

In 2003, Orange USD gave territory to the Tustin Unified School District.[4]

District Schools[edit]

The district operates 29 elementary, 5 middle, 4 high schools, a continuation high school, a K-8 math and science magnet school and two special schools. Nineteen of its forty-two schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. Three of its high schools are consistently listed among Newsweek's 1,000 Best Public High Schools in America.[5] [6] [7] Some elementary and middle schools within the district also continue to achieve above average standardized test scores and national distinctions, while others are state designated Underperforming Schools under the No Child Left Behind Act's sanctions.[8] Generally, its highest performing schools are in the Anaheim Hills area where all schools have been named California Distinguished Schools and constantly rank among the best schools in the county, while schools in the City of Orange tend to have lower standardized test scores.

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Cerro Villa Middle School
  • El Rancho Charter School
  • Portola Middle School
  • Santiago Prep Charter Academy
  • Yorba Middle School
  • McPherson Magnet School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Anaheim Hills Elementary School
  • California Elementary School
  • Crescent Elementary
  • Cambridge Elementary School
  • Canyon Rim Elementary School
  • Chapman Hills Elementary School
  • Crescent (formerly Peralta) Intermediate School
  • Crescent Primary School
  • Esplanade Elementary School
  • Fairhaven Elementary School
  • Fletcher Elementary School
  • Handy Elementary School
  • Imperial Elementary School
  • Jordan Elementary School
  • La Veta Elementary School
  • Lampson Elementary School
  • Linda Vista Elementary School
  • McPherson Magnet School
  • Nohl Canyon Elementary School
  • Olive Elementary School
  • Palmyra Elementary School
  • Panorama Elementary School
  • Prospect Elementary School
  • Running Springs Elementary School
  • Serrano Elementary School
  • Sycamore Elementary School
  • Taft Elementary School
  • Villa Park Elementary School
  • West Orange Elementary School

Special schools[edit]

  • Canyon Hills School
  • Parkside School
  • Richland High School

Board of Education[edit]

  • Trustee Area 1 Andrea Yamasaki
  • Trustee Area 2 John Ortega, Vice President
  • Trustee Area 3 Ana Page
  • Trustee Area 4 Madison-Klovstad Miner
  • Trustee Area 5 Kristen Erickson
  • Trustee Area 6 Angie Rumsey, Clerk
  • Trustee Area 7 Rick Ledesma, President

Gay-Straight Alliance (Colin ex rel. Colin v. Orange Unified School District)[edit]

In 1999, the Orange Unified School District voted unanimously to prohibit the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at El Modena High School. The students sued the school board, claiming that their rights under the First Amendment and the 1984 Equal Access Act had been violated. In the first-ever ruling of its kind, Judge David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a preliminary injunction ordering the school to allow the GSA to meet. After a settlement was agreed upon, the students were allowed to meet and were given access to school resources equal to all other campus clubs.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Orange Unified". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  2. ^ "About Us - Orange Unified School District". Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  3. ^ "School Districts". OC Historyland. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  4. ^ "District Reorganization and Territory Transfers Effective July 1, 2003". California Department of Education. 2006-09-29. Archived from the original on 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  5. ^ Mathews, Jay (5 Aug 2005), "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools: 2005", Newsweek
  6. ^ Mathews, Jay (16 May 2004), "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools: 2004", Newsweek
  7. ^ Mathews, Jay (24 May 2003), "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools: 2003", Newsweek
  8. ^ California Department of Education Archived August 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Colin ex rel. Colin v. Orange Unified School District, 83 F. Supp. 2d 1135 (C.D. Cal. 2000).

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