The Loomis Union School District consistently has one the highest Academic Performance Index (API) scores in Northern California of any district with comprehensive K-8 schools. The district prides itself on quality classroom instruction and provides employees with numerous professional development opportunities. Many LUSD students have achieved academic honors or other forms of success both regionally and nationally.
Celebration of Student Success
Throughout the District, students are continuously recognized for achievement in academics, athletics, music, and citizenship through academic honors programs at each school. Students in LUSD participate in several academic contests and events including; geography bee, county spelling bee, local and regional writing contests and other opportunities as they arise. Each June, there is a district-wide eighth grade promotion ceremony to honor students through the district.
District of Choice for Families
The District has a large number of students that transfer in from other districts. Families recognize the academic achievement and benefits of a K-8 program and request to attend schools in LUSD. In the spring 2012 parent survey, 92% of parents indicated they would refer others to attend schools in LUSD.
The District is fiscally healthy and maintains adequate reserves. The Board of Trustees operates from a fiscally responsible and conservative position expected by the community. The district continues to improve communication to staff and community members on the budget development process and current fiscal challenges.
In LUSD schools, students have exemplary citizenship. The incidence rate of behavior problems for students is very low. The K-8 environment provides an opportunity for older students to mentor younger students on the same campus. Parents have indicated that one of LUSD's greatest strengths is the K-8 program.
The District strongly supports the band, choir, and orchestra programs. Students regularly perform at regional concerts, honors festivals, and community events. The LBEF continues to support the music program with annual contributions for instruments, music and equipment.
Parental involvement/Family Atmosphere
Parents are actively engaged in supporting each school. This is evidenced by a large number of parents who regularly volunteer in classrooms, school events and for service projects at LUSD schools. The Parent Teacher Clubs (PTC's) raise funds to support school efforts including; technology, physical education, art, field trips and assemblies. There is a rich tradition of family values within the Loomis basin community. This is evidenced by the degree of involvement and support families provide to the LUSD schools.
Physical Education/Athletic Programs
There are physical education teachers at all district schools supported by grants, LBEF and parent support. The Loomis Basin community boasts a rich tradition of athletic excellence. It is common for students to qualify and compete at the national level. The Loomis Basin Athletic League (LBAL) provides athletic opportunities for students in 4th-8th grade.
Pride in maintaining facilities
The District takes pride in the appearance of school sites. The District strives to provide schools that, regardless of age, are kept in “premier” condition and presentation to the community.
Sense of community and tradition
The Loomis basin community has a rich tradition of community pride. Families strongly support their individual schools. Each site has a rich historical background with local community members maintaining their support of schools after their children have graduated. Graduates of LUSD schools routinely return to their alma maters to volunteer time and contribute back to their elementary schools.
Small class sizes
The District has among the lowest average class sizes of any district in the Placer County region. Smaller class sizes allow teachers the opportunity to individualize instruction and provide remediation and enrichment when necessary. Parents and staff have indicated on the spring 2012 surveys that maintaining low class size is a high priority.
Staff Commitment to the District
The Loomis Union School District has an excellent history of retaining teachers. Parents indicate through surveys their satisfaction with the high level of educational support to all students. Many district staff members are involved in community activities and events in addition to those held at their respective schools.