Our School District
One of the largest non-urban school systems in California, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District boasts 36 schools serving almost 30,000 students — who live in the cities of San Ramon and Danville as well as Alamo, Blackhawk, and Diablo and small slivers of the cities of Walnut Creek and Pleasanton — from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Twenty-two elementary schools, eight middle schools, and four comprehensive high schools as well as one continuation high school and one independent study school comprise our District, located in Contra Costa County, about 35 miles east of San Francisco.
Our District employs more than 1,400 teachers and 1,150 classified staff as well as 80 administrators and 87 pupil services personnel. Our District’s teaching faculty — on average — boast more than 13 years of experience in the classroom.
Our District — currently ranked in the top 10 among all unified school districts in California in academic achievement — also obtained the highest academic ranking of any unified school district in the state with enrollment of 9,000 or more students.
OUR HIGH SCHOOLS
Jerome’s alma mater, SAN RAMON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, serves approximately 2,100 students on a campus located near downtown Danville. Founded in 1910 with the first graduating class in 1914 numbering barely a dozen students, San Ramon Valley High School often sends more 96% of each graduating class to colleges throughout California and across the country. The school motto “Home of Champions” imbues the wide array of athletic and academic teams that are the SRVHS Wolves.
Also located in Danville near the border with Alamo, MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL first opened in 1965 and now serves approximately 2,200 students. The Monte Vista High Mustangs were the 2014 California State Division I Champions in Men’s Basketball, marking the first time a Contra Costa County public school won an athletic state championship since 1995. The Mustangs also boast a nationally ranked Speech & Debate team.
Founded in 1973, CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL — more affectionately known as “Cal High” — now serves more than 2,500 students. More than 95% of Cal High Grizzlies pursue a college education following graduation and Newsweek magazine ranked Cal High as one of the top high schools in the United States.
Our district’s newest high school, DOUGHERTY VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, opened in 2007. With more than 3,300 students now enrolled, the Dougherty Valley High Wildcats already fit right in with the traditions of excellence established by our District’s other three high schools, boasting an outstanding speech and debate program, for example.
OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Originally opened in 1950 in downtown Danville and relocated to a new campus in 1991, CHARLOTTE WOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL sits on 12 acres surrounded by the 25-acre Osage Park, which Physical Education classes use every day, and serves more than 970 students in sixth through eighth grade.
Also opened in 1950 to offer classes from kindergarten through eighth grade, STONE VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL served students in second through eighth grade before becoming exclusively a middle school serving grades six through eight in 1989, now serving more than 650 students. Jerome graduated from Stone Valley Middle School — located in Alamo — in 1997.
Located in Danville, LOS CERROS MIDDLE SCHOOL opened in 1966 and now serves approximately 700 students in sixth through eighth grade.
Located in the southern part of the City of San Ramon, PINE VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL opened in 1977 and — thanks to Measure A bond funds approved by voters — completed a full-scale campus renovation in 2008. The campus serves more than 940 students in sixth through eighth grade.
Located in the heart of the City of San Ramon, IRON HORSE MIDDLE SCHOOL opened in 1996 and now serves more than 950 students in sixth through eighth grade.
Located in the eastern-most point in Danville, DIABLO VISTA MIDDLE SCHOOL opened in 2000 and now serves almost 850 students enrolled in sixth through eighth grade.
Built in San Ramon by Windemere BLC Developers, WINDEMERE RANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL opened in 2005 and now serves more than 930 students in sixth through eighth grade.
Also built by developers to serve the growing communities throughout the Dougherty Valley, GALE RANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL opened in 2008 and now serves approximately 1,020 students in sixth through eighth grade.
OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
One of our district’s first schools, ALAMO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened its doors in 1876 and now boasts almost 400 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Representing the first of the mid-century boom in our school district’s expansion, GREEN VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL first opened in 1952 and serves more than 625 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Serving the west side of Danville, MONTAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL first opened in 1958 and now boasts almost 600 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Located in Alamo and opened in 1959, Jerome attended RANCHO ROMERO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Alamo from 1989 through 1994. The school now boasts almost 550 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Located in Danville and boasting picturesque views of Mount Diablo, VISTA GRANDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened its doors in 1960 and now serves 600 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Opened in 1965 to serve the southern end of our school district, COUNTRY CLUB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is located in San Ramon and now enrolls almost 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Named for the distinguished Northern Californian John Finley Baldwin, Jr. — a six-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives and graduate of Danville’s own San Ramon Valley High School — JOHN BALDWIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 1968 and serves families in Danville east of Interstate 680. More than 520 students are currently enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Named for the first human to set foot on Earth’s Moon, NEIL ARMSTRONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL appropriately opened its doors in 1969 and serves approximately 630 students in kindergarten through fifth grade living in San Ramon.
Located just south of Crow Canyon Road and west of Interstate 680 in San Ramon, TWIN CREEKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 1973 and now serves slightly more than 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Before WALT DISNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 1974, students at Neil Armstrong Elementary School and their families voted on a name for the new elementary school in San Ramon, which our district required be named for an American hero. That’s how Disney Elementary came to be named for the iconic creator of Mickey Mouse and the third elementary school in California with such a name.
Located in the southern part of Danville and east of Interstate 680, GREENBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 1976 and serves approximately 630 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Serving residents living east of Interstate 680 and west of Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon, MONTEVIDEO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 1977 and boasts more than 550 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Home of the Bulldogs, BOLLINGER CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 1980 and serves approximately 570 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade living in San Ramon west of Interstate 680 at Bollinger Canyon Road.
Located in the Canyon Lakes area of San Ramon east of Interstate 680, GOLDEN VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 1989 and serves approximately 665 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Home of the Sharks, SYCAMORE VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in east Danville off Camino Tassajara Road opened its doors in 1992 and serves more than 700 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Opened in 1997, TASSAJARA HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is located near the Blackhawk Country Club East Gate and serves almost 640 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
One of the first schools in California completely designed and built by a residential developer, COYOTE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 2000 and now serves more than 975 students in kindergarten through fifth grade residing north of Bollinger Canyon Road in east San Ramon.
The second school in our district designed and built by a residential developer, HIDDEN HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 2004 and now serves more than 1,060 students in kindergarten through fifth grade in the Dougherty Valley.
Opened in 2006, QUAIL RUN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL now serves almost 1,050 students in kindergarten through fifth grade in the Gale Ranch community of San Ramon.
Located in eastern San Ramon, LIVE OAK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 2007 and now serves approximately 1,120 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The fifth school designed and built by a residential developer in the Alamo Creek community of Danville, CREEKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL opened in 2009 and serves more than 702 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Scheduled to open in 2016 as our district’s 36th school, BELLA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will be the fifth elementary school to serve the Dougherty Valley communities of eastern San Ramon.
OUR ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS
Adjacent to the northwestern end of San Ramon Valley High School, DEL AMIGO HIGH SCHOOL in Danville serves approximately 100 students as a continuation high school for kids aged 16 to 18 (as well as occasionally younger) facing difficulty completing the requirements to graduate from one of the four comprehensive high schools.
Located adjacent to the campus of Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, VENTURE SCHOOL is an independent-study alternative school first established in 1978 and serving students from kindergarten through adult education through an independent and/or home-study curriculum.
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