Get to Know Ventura County's School Districts

20 School Districts - Each as Unique as Ventura County

Ventura County is home to twenty different school districts, each one as diverse as the students they serve. The smallest – with just 59 students – is the Santa Clara Elementary School District with its iconic red schoolhouse building alongside Highway 126. The largest is Conejo Valley Unified, with more than 18,000 students in 27 schools. 

Some districts only have elementary schools, one (Oxnard Union) has only high schools, and nine have the whole range from kindergarten through 12th grade. Several offer preschool and adult school as well. Our K-12 districts are known as “unified,” which means they were created by the union of an elementary and a high school district. The most recent local district to unify is Santa Paula, which went through the process in 2013. 

Despite their differences, all local school districts have much in common. They’re each governed by an elected board of trustees and led by a superintendent who is hired by the board. As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, we asked all of the superintendents to tell us a little bit about their districts. We invite you to explore this edition of Focus on Education to find out what makes Ventura County’s school districts unique and how they’re each working to ensure that all students receive a quality education that prepares them for a bright future in our changing world. 

Stan Mantooth
Ventura County Superintendent of Schools

  • Briggs Elementary School District
    The Briggs School District motto is Rich History….Bright Future. This has never been more evident as Briggs School District is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a school this year. George G. Briggs, for whom the school was named, was originally from Ohio but moved to Californ...
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  • Conejo Valley Unified School District
    In Conejo Valley Unified School District, we proudly do things “The Conejo Way” to ensure ideal academic outcomes for our students. We use collaboration at every level of our organization, from our teachers in our classrooms to our directors and superintendents in our district ...
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  • Fillmore Unified School District
    Greetings from the Fillmore Unified School District. During the 2019-2020 school year, we are continuing our work in supporting college and career opportunities for secondary students, enhancing and constructing new facilities, supporting the integration of new technology across ...
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  • Hueneme Elementary School District
    This school year is sure to be an exceptional one in the Hueneme Elementary School District! All staff were welcomed back “pep-rally style” at our annual Back to School event, SHINE.  Staff left excited and ready to welcome Hueneme students. In Hueneme, we believe that arts int...
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  • Las Virgenes Unified School District
    In the Las Virgenes Unified School District, we are extremely proud of our tradition of academic excellence, a rich diversity of programs, and variety of options and opportunities available for our students. We work very hard to ensure our students are well prepared for college a...
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  • Mesa Union School District
    As Mesa Union School District celebrates its 80th year of providing high quality education to students spanning grades TK through 8th throughout Ventura County, the essence of the District’s vision to “ Honor the Past, Live in the Present, and Drive to the Future” is very much...
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  • Moorpark Unified School District
    After celebrating Moorpark High School’s 100th anniversary, what do you do for an encore? In the Moorpark Unified School District, the answer is always “plenty.” We had a wonderful 2018-19 school year celebrating 100 years since Moorpark High School was established. Our gradua...
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  • Mupu Elementary School District
    Walking into the peaceful courtyard of Mupu School, one immediately sees the beauty and power of the small school environment. There is a pervasive friendliness and respect amongst scholars and between scholars and staff. Mupu is truly a place to learn and grow. Our long traditio...
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  • Oak Park Unified School District
    We have developed five goals in Oak Park USD for this year. The first goal is our primary focus for this year and the future and is a continuation of many years of work. In fact, it defines us as a school system. The goal is to ensure that all of our students feel cared for and v...
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  • Ocean View School District
    As Superintendent of Ocean View School District, I am proud of the many wonderful accomplishments of our schools and how we achieve our Mission to ensure the academic and emotional success of all students. Our Ocean View “family” is a gem of preschool through 8th grade educatio...
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  • Ojai Unified School District
    Ojai Unified School District is embarking upon a new era of creating schools that integrate place-based education and reflect the values and assets of our unique community. The deeply held values of environmental regeneration, wellness, creativity and a culture of inclusion are w...
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  • Oxnard School District
    The Oxnard School District is committed to ensuring the social-emotional well-being of every student that attends our schools. For the last five years, we have been committed to implementing a robust Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program so that our staff an...
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  • Oxnard Union High School District
    Before school even began this year, the Oxnard Union High School District was hard at work fulfilling our promise to create equitable educational opportunities for all of our students. The high schools in some of our most economically challenged areas were distributing Chromebook...
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  • Pleasant Valley School District
    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! PVSD began our 151st year of providing excellence for all on August 29th. We continue to be a destination district due to our commitment of improving the lives of the children in our care. Our whole child approach allows students to excel aca...
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  • Rio School District
    The Rio School District serves more than 5,000 students and their families. It employs more than 500 people and stewards more than $60,000,000 in annual funding for the education of children in preschool through 8th grade. Rio includes nine schools; five schools enrolling grades ...
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  • Santa Clara Elementary School District
    Santa Clara Elementary provides a safe, nurturing environment which helps to foster our long-standing commitment to academic excellence. Our community of students, parents, and staff are dedicated to the 21st century skills needed to succeed in the information age. At the Little ...
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  • Santa Paula Unified School District
    The Santa Paula Unified School District is proud to share some of the many wonderful and exciting learning opportunities happening throughout the district for our students. We have been diligently working on providing technology access of one laptop or iPad to every student in th...
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  • Simi Valley Unified School District
    As the superintendent of the Simi Valley Unified School District, I am proud of our district’s diversity and achievements. Each year brings new challenges, but also new successes. We currently serve the city of Simi Valley and the surrounding unincorporated county area and are o...
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  • Somis Union School District
    Shhh! I’m about to tell you one of the best kept secrets in Ventura County. Nestled into the hills behind Camarillo, between avocado orchards, fruit stands, and pastoral horse ranches, you will find the quiet little town of Somis. There is a post office, a fire station, and a 10...
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  • Ventura Unified School District
    The Ventura Unified School District aims to cultivate a wealth of diverse academic programs so that every student can explore their interests and passions through compelling and innovative programs, rigorous curriculum, quality instruction, and engaging learning environments. Thi...
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