Fresno Unified School District serves more than 74,000 students, from preschool through grade 12, preparing career ready graduates through high-quality instruction, district programs and services, and resources.
Robert G. Nelson was appointed superintendent of Fresno Unified in September 2017 to lead the district. The district is governed by a seven-member board of education. Voters elect board members by area. School board elections are held during even-numbered years.
Transforming Fresno Unified into a high performing district requires a foundation of core beliefs, which the Fresno Unified Board of Education adopted in the spring of 2007 to guide district actions and decisions.
The purpose of the four Fresno Unified School District Goals is to give the district direction to improve student outcomes. To accomplish the four district goals, it is expected that all students will be in school, on time and ready to learn every day.
For the last six years, the district has seen a steady increase in graduation rates.
Fresno Unified serves a diverse population with more than 59 languages spoken by students and their families.
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Magnet schools have provided innovative and exciting educational opportunities for students in the Fresno Unified School District for more than 30 years. With more than 20 magnet and specialty school programs to choose from, families and students have many options for their children at schools where dedicated staff members are motivated to help enhance the educational experience of every student.
Fresno Unified also operates a thriving adult school that serves more than 10,000 students per year. In addition, Fresno Unified currently has authorized nine charter schools operating within its boundaries.
Partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco, AT&T, ASUS and HP have helped advance major technology initiatives, including deployment of wireless access points in every classroom, over 40,000 tablets and laptops for students to use in the classroom, daily text messages to parents on attendance and grades, dashboards for staff to quickly examine student attendance, grades, behavior and other key indicators, and a new system for professional learning to help teachers be the best they can be. In 2016-17, school buses were equipped with Wi-Fi so that students can do homework.
Fresno Unified's partnership with Long Beach Unified School District has been recognized as an innovative way to improve student performance in urban districts, and its participation with California Office to Reform Education (CORE) districts is breaking new ground.