About Us

The Orange Unified School District serves approximately 30,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12th, and encompasses all or part of the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana, and Villa Park.  In 1953, the citizens of the area voted to form a “unified” school district, combining the original five elementary districts with the high school district into one unified district, now known as the Orange Unified School District.   The District has a long history of excellence that continues to grow and be enriched by the accomplishments of its students, teachers, staff and community.  

Since 1987, twenty-three OUSD schools have been awarded the honor of California Distinguished School, with three of these schools receiving the award more than once.   California Elementary received the Title I Academic Achievement Award for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years.

Each of the high schools in our District offer programs to provide students enrichment opportunities.  For example:  Canyon High students may participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  The OUSD Laptop program is offered at Canyon, El Modena and Villa Park, and students at Orange High School have the opportunity to take part in the Agriculture and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs. 

As we move forward in these most challenging times, it is more important than ever to keep our focus on student achievement.  Our 2009-2012 Strategic Plan includes the following six goal areas: 1) Student Achievement; 2) Student Engagement; 3) Safe, Welcoming Schools; 4) Parent and Community Partnerships; 5) Communication; and,    6) Effective Use of Resources.  All of our student families, business, and community members are encouraged to view our website regularly for news updates on our schools and District.