Clovis Unified schools have been named 29 times to the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program and honored 80 times as California Distinguished Schools. It is the only school district in the nation to have three of its intermediate schools selected as “Schools to Watch.” Kastner and Alta Sierra intermediate schools were awarded the distinction in 2007 and Clark Intermediate was recognized in 2008 with the award.
Clovis Unified schools have adopted the philosophy of developing Mind, Body, Spirit. It is essential that every student learn to adapt to a changing society. The educational philosophy of the Clovis Unified School District is based upon the principle that each student shall be given an opportunity to maximize his/her potential in the areas of mind, body and spirit, and become a productive, contributing member of our society. Their philosophy is to provide an instructional program that emphasizes the development of the mind to include factual knowledge (understanding) and the ability to use this knowledge to meet the demands of new situations (problem solving).
Elementary schools (grades K-6) in CUSD provide self-contained classrooms with a student to teacher ratio of 20 to 1 for grades 1 through 3, and approximately 32 to 1 for grades 4 through 6.
Intermediate school students (grades 7-8) are supported through what is called “Academic Block class” which spans three periods during the school day. This “Academic Block class” enables students to be with one teacher for three periods in history, reading and writing. Students also have the opportunity to take single-subject core and elective classes during the remainder of their school day.
High School students are required to meet course and unit requirements throughout grades 9-12. Even thought high schools offer instruction in single-subject classes, they also offer some form of block period scheduling to provide students with longer periods of time each day to delve into subjects at greater depth.