Overview and Mission


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 110 languages. With an annual average of 63,000 students that attend our schools: 13 percent are African American, <1 percent are American Indian, 23 percent are Asian, 6 percent are Filipino, 26 percent are Hispanic or Latino, 2 percent are Pacific Islander, 21 percent are White and 9 percent are Multiple/No Response.

Elk Grove Unified operates 42 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 15 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.


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 60 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

Our Mission

Elk Grove Unified School District will provide a learning community that challenges ALL students to realize their greatest potential.

Core Values

Outcomes for students

  • Achievement of core academic skills
  • Confident, effective thinkers and problem solvers
  • Ethical participants in society

Commitments about how we operate as an organization

  • Supporting continuous improvement of instruction
  • Building strong relationships
  • Finding solutions

High expectations for learning for all students and staff

  • Instructional excellence
  • Safe, peaceful, and healthy environment
  • Enriched learning atmosphere
  • Collaboration with diverse communities and families