District Overview and Governance

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.

Core Beliefs and Commitments

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.

  • Every student can and must learn at grade level and beyond.
  • Teachers must demonstrate the ability and desire to educate each child at a high level.
  • Leaders must perform courageously and ethically to accomplish stated goals.
  • A safe learning and working environment is crucial to student learning.
  • Fresno Unified is a place where:
    • diversity is valued,
    • educational excellence and equity are expected,
    • individual responsibility and participation by all is required, and
    • collaborative adult relationships are essential, and parents, students and the community as a whole are vital partners.

District Goals 2014-2019

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.

  • All students will excel in reading, writing and math
  • All students will engage in arts, activities and athletics
  • All students will demonstrate the character and competencies for workplace success
  • All students will stay in school on target to graduate

Graduation Rates

For the last six years, the district has seen a steady increase in graduation rates.

School Year Graduation Rate

2015-16

85.5%

2014-15

83.8%

2013-14

79.3%

2012-13

76.2%

2011-12

75.0%

2010-11

73.4%

Diversity of Students

Fresno Unified serves a diverse population with more than 59 languages spoken by students and their families.

Ethnicity Percentage

African American

8.7%

Native American

0.6%

Asian

11.4%

Hispanic

67.7%

Pacific Islander

0.3%

White (not Hispanic)

9.7%

School Choice

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.

Innovative Partnerships Bolstering Student Success

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.

Student Information

  • 74,155 (preschool-grade 12)
  • 3,200 preschool students
  • 7,681 students receive special education
  • 16,180 English learners (21.8% of students)
  • More than 88% living in poverty
  • 2015/16 Graduation Rate-85.5%
  • 2015/16 A-G Completion Rate-49%
  • 2015/16 College Application Rate-94.8%
  • 2016/17 AP Passing Rate-78.4% of students who took an AP course passed at least 1 course with a C or better

Staffing Information

  • 10,552 total employees

Facilities Information

  • 66 elementary schools
  • 15 middle schools
  • 9 high schools
  • 4 alternative schools
  • 3 special education schools
  • 1 adult school

Budget Information

  • $801 million annual operating budget