Overview and History


Overview

The Elk Grove Unified School District is located in one of the most diverse areas of California. The district covers 320 square miles and includes the communities of Florin, Franklin, Laguna Creek, Laguna West, Rancho Murieta, Sheldon, Sloughhouse, Valley Hi, Vineyard, Wilton, all of the City of Elk Grove and parts of the cities of Sacramento and Rancho Cordova. Students speak more than 88 languages and dialects. Of the more than 62,000 students that attend our schools: 13 percent are African American, 0.7  percent are American Indian, 22.5 percent are Asian, 5.8 percent are Filipino, 26 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 1.7 percent are Pacific Islander, 21.4 percent are White and 8.5 percent are Multiple/No Response.

Elk Grove Unified operates 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine comprehensive high schools, four alternative education schools, one charter school, one virtual online K-8 program, one special education school and one adult education school. In addition, the district offers preschool programs at 12 school sites, an adult education program and a career training center for adults.

A top performing district, Elk Grove Unified is recognized throughout California and the nation as a leader in progressive education. Academic achievement takes place through classes that are rigorous, relevant and build strong relationships. Elk Grove Unified schools focus on meeting the needs of each child through programs encompassing college and career preparation, wellness and safety.

History

The district is the result of the unification of smaller districts that date back to the 19th century. The elementary school district known as “Elk Grove” was formed in 1866 and is one of the oldest in the state of California. The Elk Grove Union High School District followed almost 30 years later — opening in 1892.

The unification of the Elk Grove district took place in 1959 under the leadership of County Superintendent T.R. Smedberg, a former superintendent of Elk Grove Union High School District. The elementary districts that unified with the high school district included: Elk Grove, Sierra-Enterprise, Franklin, Cosumnes, Dillard, Florin, and Pleasant Grove.

Elk Grove Unified has only had six superintendents in its 57-year history.

  • 2014-present – Christopher R. Hoffman
  • 2004-2014 – Steven M. Ladd
  • 1995-2004 – David W. Gordon
  • 1983-1995 – Robert L. Trigg
  • 1969-1983 – Glenn Houde
  • 1959-1968 – George Kibby

Elk Grove Union High School Vehicle with Students
Elk Grove Union High School students posing in front of their school’s vehicle