The Garden Grove Unified School District was established July 1965. The district encompasses 28 square miles of territory, serving most of Garden Grove and portions of six surrounding cities - Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton, and Westminster. The 2015-16 budget is $599.4 million, making the district the largest enterprise in Garden Grove.
With nearly 48,000 students, the district is the third largest among 28 public school districts in Orange County. The district employs more than 5,000 staff members and operates 66 schools: 44 elementary, 10 intermediate, seven high schools, one continuation school, one adult education center, two special education schools and one preschool family campus.
The GGUSD provides comprehensive educational services for K-12 students and adults in safe and well-maintained schools staffed by quality teachers and support staff meeting the highest professional standards. Adult education, preschool, English language development programs, ROP, fine arts education, Gifted and Talented Education, and special education are among the many support programs provided by the district. The district maintains the Class Size Reduction Program — with smaller classes in grades 1-3 and grades K-1 and 3-4 combination classes.
All schools in the district focus on a core curriculum of basic skills development in reading, writing, science, history-social science, and mathematics, while recognizing the importance of offering varied educational experiences through comprehensive music and visual arts instruction, electives, athletics, and leadership development. Computers and other technologies in classrooms, school libraries, and dedicated laboratories complement the delivery of the basic curriculum and provide the foundation for courses in computer applications and programming languages. All sites connect to the Wide Area Network, enabling classrooms, schools, and offices to exchange information electronically and have access to the Internet. The system is the largest of its type among Orange County school districts.
Additional Information About the GGUSD
- All seven GGUSD comprehensive high schools are listed among the state and nation’s elite in rankings released by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The GGUSD high schools – Bolsa Grande, Garden Grove, La Quinta, Los Amigos, Pacifica, Rancho Alamitos, and Santiago – were ranked as national silver medalists. The magazine analyzed data from nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia, with only the top 4,850 schools awarded either gold, silver, or bronze medals for academic achievement.
- All GGUSD high schools have earned full, six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- The district has made major investments in technology including the continued expansion of a Wide Area Network – enabling all schools and offices to exchange information via e-mail and have access to the Internet.
- The district operates on a very lean management structure in which only a small percentage of the budget is directed to overhead and administration. Only 3.3 percent of the budget is devoted to administrative salaries, which is less than the state average for all school districts.
- In June 2010, district voters approved Measure A, authorizing $250 million in general obligation bonds and enables the GGUSD to qualify for as much as $200 million in matching state school bond funds for large-scale infrastructure repair, improvement, and modernization projects. Bond proceeds, coupled with state matching funds, will help finance such improvements as renovating electrical circuitry, plumbing, lighting, roofing, intercom, and fire safety systems; improving energy efficiency; replacing doors, windows, and outdated heating and ventilation systems; updating playground safety matting; upgrading telecommunications systems to accommodate current technology; replacing restroom and drinking fountain fixtures; and retrofitting schools for better accessibility for the disabled.