The Apple Valley Unified School District is one of the highest achieving districts in the High Desert, serving over 13,500 students ranging from pre-school through twelfth grade. The district has ten elementary schools, two comprehensive high schools, and one K-12 independent study/hybrid/online course school. 
 

Student achievement and school safety are the primary goals of AVUSD. Apple Valley Unified is transitioning from the 1997 California Standards to the California Common Core Standards.  The District has implemented student programs that teach character and respect, and has its own Police Department to ensure student and campus safety.

Apple Valley Unified is a leader in the SBCSS Alliance for Education STEAM 2020 initiative, bringing science, technology, engineering, applied arts and math into the classroom.  STEAM 2020 and the Common Core Standards are a great blend as we prepare our students for their future with support from our community business and industry leaders.

The District serves an area of 205 square miles with an elevation ranging from 2800 to 4000 feet.

The District employs over 1100 people in the certificated and classified services.



  • Vanguard Preparatory has earned the Schools To Watch designation
  • Sycamore Rocks Elementary  is a National Blue Ribbon School
  • Sitting Bull Academy is a California Distinguished School  
  • Rancho Verde Elementary is a California Distinguished School  
  • Yucca Loma Elementary was awarded the CSBA Golden Bell Award for the Paul Swick Family Center
  • Sycamore Rocks Elementary - Title I Achieving School 
  • Desert Knolls Elementary - Title I Achieving School
  • Sandia Elementary - Title I Achieving School 




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