About Modesto City Schools

Modesto City Schools is located in the Central Valley, 75 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area and 70 miles south of Sacramento. The District is the third largest employer in Stanislaus County.

Modesto City Schools is composed of an elementary district (K-8) and a high school district (9-12) with a common Board of Education and administration. Seven other school districts feed into Modesto City Schools at the high school level. The District maintains a staff of 1,650 certificated and 1,500 classified employees. Current enrollment is approximately 30,000. Students are served in 22 elementary schools (K-6), four junior high schools (7-8), seven comprehensive high schools (9-12), and an extensive alternative education program which includes an opportunity and continuation school, independent study and adult evening high school. A variety of specialized academies and specific programs of instruction are available at each high school. In addition, several courses are offered through our School to Career program and Regional Occupational Program.

Modesto City Schools has provided exemplary educational programs for students in the community since 1871. Education in Modesto City Schools involves not only teaching curriculum based on state standards, but also emphasizes a District-wide Character Education program which highlights nine character traits. Modesto City Schools recognizes and rewards students for exhibiting these character traits both in and out of the classroom.

The District tests students on a regular basis, using interim assessments, common finals and District and state tests to determine an individual student’s progress in meeting content standards. Modesto City Schools' ultimate goal is to ensure that students receive the best education possible to guarantee success the day after graduation, in whatever path they have chosen.