The Vallecito Union School District is located in the southeastern portion of Calaveras County. The District includes Vallecito (its namesake), the historic town of Murphys, the resort and retirement community of Arnold, the majestic Calaveras Big Trees State Park, and to the county line just below the Bear Valley ski resort. The VUSD community consists of several family recreational areas, fine restaurants, and award-winning vineyards. Visitors are also drawn to our community because of challenging golf courses, abundant opportunities to visit historic sites, wonderful art galleries and quaint shops.
The Vallecito Union School District is Basic Aid and composed of two K-5 schools and one 6-8 middle school between Murphys and Arnold. Together, these schools house our K-8 population of approximately 590 students. Our staff consists of a part-time Superintendent, a part-time Assistant Superintendent / Principal, two Principals, 31 certificated teachers, 4 Home School Academy certificated teachers, 2 Psychologists (1 part time), 2 Counselors, School Nurse and 40 classified employees. Our annual budget is $9,173,360. Various District supported school site programs provide for the educational and emotional growth of our students. In addition to the strong classroom instruction and excellent support staff, the following district programs/areas of interest are emphasized and provided:
- School Library/Media programs
- Strong emphasis on Technology
- Title I, II programs
- Small class sizes
- Special Education programs
- Strong Parental Involvement
- Nursing Services
- Counseling Services
- Fine Arts Programs
- Coast/Science Camp (6th grade trip)
- Active District-Wide committees to help formulate curriculum standards and provide input into financial matters.
- Intramural Sports Program
- Ski Program
- After School Sports program
District-wide test scores are consistently the highest in the county. Hazel Fischer Elementary, Michelson Elementary and Avery Middle Schools have been named California Distinguished and Gold Ribbon Schools. Avery Middle School also received the Apple Distinguished School Award four years in a row.