The mission of the Turlock Unified School District (TUSD), a premier progressive educational system, is to ensure all students graduate as self-motivated, responsible citizens equipped to compete successfully in an ever‐changing global society by delivering effective instruction that engages all students to reach their individual potential and highest achievements within a safe and caring student‐centered environment in partnership with our families and diverse community.
The Turlock Unified School District is a unified district and is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees, with the first election of Trustees by Trustee areas held November 2013.
We are in the midst of our Common Core journey as we transition to higher expectations, stair-cased standards, and shared accountability for student learning across all grade levels and subject areas. Our staff continues to prepare for Common Core implementation with the “unpacking” of new standards and alignment to current instructional materials. Additionally, TUSD has adopted the Integrated Math Pathway which will be phased-in for grades 6-8 at the onset of the 2014-15 school year. Our Common Core efforts began collaboratively last March and these same combined efforts, involving all stakeholders, will continue as we work to eliminate the “mile wide, inch-deep” approach and replace with more depth, rigor, and conceptual learning for all students in Turlock. It’s truly an exciting time in education for all students and educators!
TUSD continues to work on the Choose Civility Initiative, which the District has expanded throughout the community through the use of signage, business partnerships, collaboration with the City of Turlock, Turlock Chamber of Commerce, and Stanislaus County Office of Education, along with other forms of media. The District will host the TUSD Festival on the Green ~ Celebrating Character, Music, and the Performing Arts at Pitman High School on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in partnership with the community and business within the City of Turlock.
All Turlock school sites are on a traditional schedule. Over 2000 TUSD employees provide excellent learning opportunities to the 13,896 students. The District includes nine elementary sites, one middle school and one junior high school, two large comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, and one K-12 charter school. Class sizes average 24 students in grades transitional kindergarten through third. Class sizes for grades 4‐12 average approximately 32 students. In addition, the District has one of the largest adult school programs in the Central Valley.
Walnut Elementary Education Center (2012), Pitman High School (2007), Dutcher Middle School (2005), and Dutcher Elementary School (2002) have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. The District API for 2011‐12 is 780, a growth of 8 from the base of 772. Special programs include State Preschool programs at 2 elementary school campuses and Head Start programs at 4 elementary school campuses, and Set for Success (0‐5) serving students and families throughout the district. Curriculum options include a Charter School, a No Excuses University Program, a Transitional Kindergarten Program, Extended Day Kindergarten, a Two-Way Spanish Immersion Academy, Special Education Programs, a Math/Science Magnet Program, a Performing Arts Magnet, AVID Programs, ROP Programs, At-Risk and Credit Recovery on-line programs , a Bridge Program, a STEM Program, GATE and AP classes. A few of the many extra‐ and co-curricular options include NJROTC, athletics, music, performing arts, speech and debate, robotics, clubs and student leadership activities. The District offers up-to-date technology to our students and staff through the newly-implemented 21st Century Technology Plan.
TUSD also offers an award-winning Child Nutrition Department, a highly trained Transportation Department, a growing Special Education Department, and an active Maintenance and Operations Staff working for the safety and cleanliness of our campuses.
During the 2008‐09 school year, more than 200 students, parents, teachers, classified employees, administrators and community members met over a course of six months to develop a Strategic Plan to drive budgeting and decision‐making in the TUSD over five years. The Strategic Plan is based on a set of mutually agreed‐upon beliefs that were created and used by a 30 member Planning Team in January 2009 to construct a mission statement and a set of objectives. The District is currently implementing District‐wide and school site activities which successfully implement this Strategic Plan. Additionally, all of the school sites have completed site Strategic Plans which are aligned with the District Plan.
For more information on Turlock Unified School District, please call (209) 667‐0633 or on the web at www.turlock.k12.ca.us.