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Our Mission and Vision

Scotts Valley Unified School District will provide each student with quality educational opportunities by maximizing the use of all of our resources.

Our students will achieve their personal best, and will be socially responsible, contributing members of their communities.


Strategic Plan 2014 - 15

Previous Year's Strategic Plans



SVUSD Students Performed Well Again on the Smarter Balanced Assessments!


SVUSD results:

ELA     Math 

 70         70     Brook Knoll

 61         62     Vine Hill   

 69         61     SVMS

 87         55     SVHS 

Every spring, students in grades three through eight, and grade eleven, take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics. Results from these assessments are just one piece of information to help teachers, parents/guardians, and students understand how well a student is meeting grade-level standards.

Results of the scores are used in conjunction with other indicators of student learning to help identify students who may need additional help, identify strengths and weaknesses in programs, and ascertain gaps in curriculum and instruction. Student achievement scores are communicated to students, parents and guardians, and the community through board meetings, SVUSD website, and the LCAP process.

* Scores in both ELA and Math are substantially higher than the state and county.

* SVUSD improved slightly in ELA and basically stayed the same in Math.  This year we have a new Math adoption that will be used to address target areas.

* Students who were deemed “College Ready” and “Conditionally Ready” (determined through the Early Assessment Program or EAP) increased in ELA by 5%.  In contrast, there was a decrease in math by 6%.

To search Smarter Balanced Test results by School, District, County and State Scores, go here.


Scotts Valley Unified School District

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!

     Greetings From the New Superintendent     

Scotts Valley USD Superintendent , Tanya Krause


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I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome for the 2016-17 school year and to express how honored and excited I am to be selected as your new District Superintendent. Growing up with both of my parents working in education, I can assure you that I appreciate and understand this unique opportunity, as well as the enormous responsibilities that come with this position (click here to read more).

Excellence in Education

Scotts Valley Unified schools are ranked as some of the highest performing public schools in Santa Cruz County. We are proud of the high quality education we provide to approximately 2500 students year after year.

Please look around to see what we do so well here at SVUSD. Be sure to visit the individual school web sites to see what's happening at our two elementary schools, middle school, high school, and Independent Study program.

2016-17 School Year

Great Start to the School Year
New SV Teachers 2016-17
New Teachers for 2016-17
On Tuesday, August 23rd, SVUSD held our annual Welcome Back Breakfast for our employees. The Scotts Valley Rotary Club sponsored this breakfast and Scotts Valley Rotary President Rosanna Herrera also presented some discretionary money to each school site to use for their respective needs. Thank you Scotts Valley Rotary! This event was attended by several members of the community there to show appreciation and support to the teachers and staff for all they do to educate the students in our schools! Palace Arts and Business With Pleasure were there to provide “goody bags” for staff. President of the Scotts Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), Derek Timm, greeted the teachers and SVEF is again providing funds to support our libraries. SVUSD is greatly appreciative of the ongoing support from SVEF. We were fortunate to also have in attendance, City Manager, Jenny Haruyama, Police Chief Weiss, and his team, City Council members Randy Johnson, Stephanie Aguilar, Dene Bustichi, and Mayor, Donna Lind. Also present were SV Chamber Vice President Steve Hoversten and Executive Director, Danny Reber. There were several other community members present to show their support to the District. We were excited to introduce our new Scotts Valley Unified employees joining our team this year. SVUSD Board of Trustees Michael Shulman, Sue Roth, and Kim Schultz joined us in acknowledging those achieving permanent status, and also recognized employees who have been with us 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and even 30 years! Mr. Paul Sampson, who teaches at SV Middle School, celebrated his 30 years in the district! Scotts Valley Unified School District is looking forward to another great year!

School Board Declaration

Mitigated Negative Declaration Adopted by the Board on August 23, 2016


The Scotts Valley Unified School District has submitted the architectural plans for the Middle School Reconstruction project to the Division of State Architect for review and approval.  As part of this process the District must complete an Initial Study to determine whether the proposed project may have a significant adverse effect on the environment in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The District completed the Initial Study/draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and posted the document June 8, 2016 publicly for a period of 30 days to receive any comments up to July 8, 2016.

At the August 23, 2016 meeting, the School Board held a public hearing to receive any additional comments and then voted to adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration which in summary states that the Scotts Valley Middle School Reconstruction project will not have a significant effect on the environment based on implementation of the required mitigation measures, and therefore, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is not required.

The adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration will be filed with the County of Santa Cruz for an additional 30 day period in accordance with the Public Resources Code.  After the 30 day period, the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration will sent to the California Department of Education as part of the application for state funding.





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Emergency Information

Today: 10/1/16


2016-2017 Student Calendar

Critical dates for the 2016-17 school year:

August 24 First Day of School

Nov. 23-25 Thanksgiving Holidays

Dec. 23 - Jan. 6  Winter Break

April 3 -7 Spring Break

Last Day of School June 8

2016-2017 District Wide Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), beginning on July 1, 2014.

The LCAP is required to identify annual goals, specific actions, and measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators, including student academic achievement, school climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement. School districts are required to obtain parent and public input in developing, revising, and updating LCAPs.

The academic priorities must be aligned to the district's spending plan. County superintendents must review school district LCAPs and ensure alignment of projected spending, services, and goals. County Offices of Education are required to provide technical assistance when they disapprove an LCAP. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction may intervene if a school district fails to show improvement across multiple subgroups in three out of four consecutive years.


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