Ceres Unified School District Logo Blue

District Office
2503 Lawrence St.
Ceres, CA 95307
(209) 556-1500

Office Hours
7:30am - 5:00pm

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District Demographics

20 schools

Listing of CUSD Schools

14,667 students
(2020-2021 school year)
  • 7,901 Elementary
  • 6,766 Secondary 

81.5% Free and Reduced Meals Program Participation

About CUSD

Ceres Unified School District is located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, an area known for its agricultural heritage. In fact, the city of Ceres is named for the Roman goddess of agriculture. Serving a culturally diverse community of roughly 50,000 residents, the school district is Ceres’ largest employer and provides safe and effective learning environments, quality instruction and strong student supports for more than 14,000 PreK-12 students, along with free meals and after-school care. Unified in 1965, the district is today home to 20 neighborhood schools including two comprehensive high schools, two dual language academies, a leadership magnet school, and a K-12 charter school. In 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked three Ceres Unified School District high schools among the top five of 47 in the greater Modesto area, reflecting the district’s focus on equity and college readiness.

Vision Statement

All students academically prepared to achieve their full potential, supported by and contributing to the community.

Mission Statement

As a school district that is Committed to Excellence and Responsive to Every Student, we fully believe in the opportunity that public education provides to students of all backgrounds and circumstances.  The Ceres Unified School District prides itself on providing a quality education that ranks among the highest in the state when compared with similar schools.

Our students will achieve mastery of academic standards in a safe and supportive environment.  We will provide a quality, balanced education that results in academic excellence, and career preparation with attitudes and skills necessary to produce self-directed, productive citizens.

CUSD Description and Demographic Information

The California Department of Education website provides a wide variety of data about the Ceres Unified School District (CUSD) and individual schools. Information on student enrollment, ethnicity percentage of students, special education and English Language Learner populations, California School Dashboard reports, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) reports, and more is provided as district-wide data and school specific data.

Ceres Unified School District property, grounds, schools and administrative buildings are tobacco and drug free zones. All students and visitors are prohibited from using tobacco products, drugs or alcohol while on any district property (i.e. grounds, schools, buildings, fields, etc.).

Ceres Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, parental, family, or marital status. 

CUSD does not impose, maintain, approve or implement student admission eligibility criteria or employment policies that discriminates on the basis of race,color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, parental, family, or marital status

CUSD Complaint Process/Grievance Procedure