- Lake Elsinore Unified School District
Infobox School District
imagesize = 150px
name= Lake Elsinore Unified School District
grades= Kindergarten – Grade 12
superintendent= Dr. Frank Passarella
contact number= 951-253-7000
teachers= 1,203 [LEUSD School Matters, Summer 2008, Vol 1, No. 2]
staff= 1,024 [LEUSD School Matters, Summer 2008, Vol 1, No. 2]
students = 22,078 [LEUSD School Matters, Summer 2008, Vol 1, No. 2]
Lake Elsinore Unified School District was formed on July 1, 1989, when the Elsinore Union High School District merged with the Lake Elsinore School District (elementary). [ [http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/04/28/news/columnists/john_hunneman/16_31_544_27_07.txt North County Times/The Californian - John Hunneman's Knee Deep in the Hoopla column ] ] The Lake Elsinore Unified School District is a public school district located in Lake Elsinore,
California, USA. It encompasses 131.78 square miles. [http://www.localschooldirectory.com/districts.php/district_id/3375176/district_state/CA Lake Elsinore Unified School District, CA - Lake Elsinore Unified County Schools in California / CA ] ] The Lake Elsinore Unififed School District is the 8th (out of 24) largest school district (in student population) in Riverside County. [ [http://www.rcoe.us/report2007/enrollment07.html 2007 Report to the Community, Riverside County Office of Education ] ]
With roots going back to two schools built in 1884, Lake Elsinore's school system is one of the county’s oldest [Hudson, Tom. Lake Elsinore Valley, it's story 1776-1977 pp. 27, 164. Published for Lake Elsinore Valley Bicentennial Commission by Laguna House (1978) ISBN-10: 0931700019] . The district now includes 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools and five alternative education schools (one school, Jean Hayman Elementary will be closed for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years due to budget cuts. Built in 1984, Hayman is the district's fifth-oldest elementary school) [ [http://www.pe.com/localnews/southwestarea/schools/stories/PE_News_Local_C_cuts23.42b7fd4.html Lake Elsinore school board votes to close Hayman Elementary | Southwest Area | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California ] ] .
Lake Elsinore Unified has recently seen a sharp increase in enrollment due to the fast growth of residential development. To match that growth, the district opened four new schools between 2005 through 2007: Lakeside High School (2005), Lakeland Village Middle School (2005), Ronald Reagan Elementary School (2006) and Earl Warren Elementary School (2007).
While dealing with the rapid growth, it is also making strong gains when it comes to academic achievement. In August 2008, scores released by the
California Department of Educationshowed that Lake Elsinore Unified was the highest improving school district out of 23 districts in Riverside County. The district’s third-place showing (county-wide) in 2008 was a marked improvement from 11th place four years before. LEUSD had the fifth highest gain of all K-12 Districts in the State of California in 2008.
Three of Lake Elsinore's middle schools were in the top 15 middle schools in the California for API growth. They are: Lakeland Village Middle School (#1 middle school growth in California), Terra Cotta Middle School (#7 middle school growth in California), and Elsinore Middle School (#13 middle school growth in California). Four of Lake Elsinore's schools were among the top 50 schools in Riverside County for overall API score in 2008. They are: Tuscany Hills Elementary (#10), Withrow Elementary and Rice Canyon Elementary (tied at #32), and Luiseno Elementary (#38). Eight of the top 20 schools with the greatest API growth in Riverside County are from LEUSD. They are: Lakeland Village Middle (#2), Ortega High (#5), Machado Elementary (#6), Elsinore Elementary (#7), Butterfield Elementary (#11), Terra Cotta Middle (#13), Elsinore Middle (#18), and Jean Hayman Elementary (#19). Two of Lake Elsinore's schools were in the top 10 for API growth for comprehensive high schools in Riverside County. They are: Temescal Canyon High (#2),and Elsinore High (#6).
The district is beginning to receive recognition as one of Riverside County’s best and so too are some of its schools. In April 2007 only two high schools in Riverside County were given the prestigious
California Distinguished Schooldesignation by state education officials: Elsinore and Temescal Canyon high schools, both Lake Elsinore Unified schools. They joined Luiseno Elementary School, which received the honor when elementary schools were chosen in 2006, [ [http://www.leusd.k12.ca.us/artman2/publish/distinfo/districtprofile.shtml Lake Elsinore Unified School District ] ] and Tuscany Hill Elementary School which was named a California Distinguished School in 2008, making it the fourth district school to receive this designation [LEUSD School Matters, Summer 2008, Vol 1, No. 2] .
The Lake Elsinore Unified School District's ethnicity, and comparison to State Averages, is as follows:
*Butterfield Elementary School
* Cottonwood Canyon Elementary School
* Donald Graham Elementary School
* Earl Warren Elementary School
* Elsinore Elementary School
* Jean Hayman Elementary School (closed for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years)
* Luiseno Elementary School
* Machado Elementary School
* Railroad Canyon Elementary School
* Rice Canyon Elementary School
* Ronald Reagan Elementary School
* Tuscany Hills Elementary School
* Wildomar Elementary School
* William Collier Elementary School
* Withrow Elementary School
* Canyon Lake Middle School
* David A. Brown Middle School
* [http://www.leusd.info/ems Elsinore Middle School]
* [http://leusd.info/lvm/ Lakeland Village Middle School]
* Terra Cotta Middle School
* Gordon Kiefer Independent Study School
* Keith McCarthy Academy
* Ortega High School
* Tri-Valley Community Day School
* Valley Adult School
* [http://www.leusd.k12.ca.us/ Official website]
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