Sacramento City Unified School District is one of the oldest K-12 districts in the western United States (established in 1854). SCUSD serves 43,024 students on 77 campuses spanning 70 square miles.
SCUSD is home to a 2013 California Distinguished School (West Campus High School), three Public Waldorf schools (George Washington Carver, Alice Birney and AM Winn) and the only Hmong language immersion program in the state (Susan B. Anthony Elementary School).
Alumni from SCUSD’s schools include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, nationally renowned political scholar Dr. Cornel West and author Joan Didion. Recent graduates from SCUSD are currently attending Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and host of other prestigious universities.
Our Board-adopted mission statement promises the community that our students will “graduate as globally competitive life-long learners, prepared to succeed in a career and higher education institution of their choice to secure gainful employment and contribute to society.”
SCUSD’s students reflect the rich diversity that is the hallmark of Sacramento’s central city. Our student population is 37.1 percent Hispanic or Latino; 17.4 percent Asian; 17.7 percent African American; and 18.8 percent white. About 5.3 percent of students are of two or more races or ethnicities.
Residents within SCUSD speak more than 40 languages; 38 percent of students do not speak English at home.
SCUSD employs 4,208 people and operates with a budget of $449.5 million.
The Board of Education is elected by the community to provide leadership and citizen oversight of the district’s 47,900 students. Among its many responsibilities, the Board establishes a long-term vision for the district and sets district policies and goals, while the Superintendent carries out the policies and manages the day-to-day operations of the district.
José L. Banda was appointed Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District on July 17, 2014. As SCUSD’s top administrator, Mr. Banda leads one of the oldest public school districts in California with 77 schools, 43,000 students and 4,200 employees.
On December 8, 2016 the SCUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to safeguard students and families.
Resolution No. 2915: Recognition of A Safe Haven School District
Whereas, The Sacramento City Unified School Board of Education is committed to the success of all students irrespective of their immigration status, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, sex and gender identity, socio-economic status or beliefs.
California’s 2013-14 Budget Act included landmark legislation that greatly simplifies the state’s school finance system. The changes introduced by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represent a major shift in how California funds Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). For nearly 40 years, California has relied on a system that included general purpose funding (known as revenue limits) and more than 50 tightly defined categorical programs to provide state funding to LEAs.
In the few years between John Sutter’s arrival at the American River on Aug. 12, 1839, and the start of the public school system in Sacramento on Feb. 20, 1854, much changed in that frontier settlement. Prior to Sutter, there were few white settlers. Although it was under Mexican control, most of the population was American Indian.