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Our Mission


Scotts Valley Unified School District will provide each student with quality educational and social opportunities needed to thrive in a modern world.

Our Vision


Our students will be socially responsible, pursuing their full potential in intellectual, social, and physical development, and be engaged, ethical and effective citizens. 

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Overall Winner: Adair Snell, 3rd Grade, "Rainbow of Emotions"

• Wyatt Boothby, 1st Grade, "1 Shrimp, 2 Shrimp, Red Shrimp, Blue Shrimp"

• Cha-Cha Rodemich, 3rd Grade, "Slime Time"

• Dean Moore, 2nd Grade, "Hop-Pop-Chili-Pop"

• Taylor Herteman, 1st Grade, "Water Bottle Rockets"

• Honorable Mention: Katie Dinwiddie, 3rd Grade, "Adjusting Baking Powder Affects the Outcome"

• Honorable Mention: Tessa Karakotsios, 2nd Grade, "Which Way Is Up?"


Overall Winner: Patrick Ray, 4th Grade, "Rumble Tape"

• Tenzing Mize, 5th Grade, "Conductivity of Wood"

• Marco Grossman, 4th Grade, "The Sweet Science of Sugar & Temperature"

• Elly Young, 4th Grade, "Testing pH of Drinking Water"

• Leah Cawley & Morgan Stintson, 5th Grade, "Taste Buds"

Honorable Mention: Gwen Stewart, 5th Grade, "Arrows of a Feather"

Honorable Mention: Jazzy Phillips, 4th Grade, "Slime Time"

Brook Knoll students have been enjoying snack and lunch outside under our new beautiful shade structures.  What a wonderful collaboration by our Parent Club and the District!

The Science Fair was a huge success with over 25 students participating from grade levels 2-5.   5 students will be participating in the County Science Fair and showcasing their projects. 

Our new student Garden Club is starting this week.  Students will eat lunch together, learn about gardening, and participate in various garden projects.

Campus is abuzz with the upcoming PTO fundraising auction on March 24th.  It’s our biggest fundraiser of the school year and money raised pays for great programs at our school.

Kid Pan Alley is working with the 3rd graders to create, produce, and record original songs.  Their mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education through the group songwriting process. 

Kindergarten and TK registration starts March 1st.


SVMS 7th Graders Go to UCSC for College Exploration

Our students and staff reported that they had a productive, informative visit to UCSC.  And, from Marina Glagolev, one of the coordinators for the UCSC trip, she reported

that she was so impressed by the maturity, thoughtful questions and overall excellent behavior from our students! They packed their trash at lunch and they were quiet and respectful on the bus rides, too.

Owen Mercer is Santa Cruz County's Junior Division Spelling Bee Champion!

Owen, competing on behalf of SVMS, took the top prize in the county-level contest.  This now sets Owen up to compete at the state level. Good luck Owen!!

The Talent Show was an Amazing Success!!

Thank you to Alexie Neall and Paul Sampson for coordinating and organizing our Talent Show on January 26th at SVHS Student Union. With the support of our fabulous PTA, led by Mrs. Wendy Abel, the show was a success.  With over 24 acts, SVMS Dolphins shined!

Our very own Megan Gurer is a Super Star!  After you read the post to the right, please check out this Sentinel article:


Student Artwork on Display:

Stop by and see the artwork now on display at the entrance to the Regal 9 Theaters in downtown Santa Cruz.  This month's artists are: Grace Chicoine, Maya Goertz, Isabel Minor, and Sam Morrison.    

Fun fact:  This year, out of 40 MIT students in the PhD Math program, three are from Scotts Valley.  Now you know!             

Today: 2/23/18

Scotts Valley Unified School District

     Message From the Superintendent     

Scotts Valley USD Superintendent, Tanya Krause


Tanya Krause


SVMS Construction

If you have driven by the Middle School recently, then you have seen the fantastic progress on the classroom buildings at the corner of Scotts Valley Drive and Bean Creek Road.  Here is a recent aerial view that also shows the beautiful library.  The lower picture reflects that the monumental gymnasium is taking shape!



News from the Elementary Schools

Brook Knoll and Vine Hill are enjoying the benefits of their new permanent shade structures!  To view the pictures please go to our Facebook Page.

Congratulations, Megan Gurer!

A huge congratulations goes out to Megan Gurer, a Senior at SVHS, for earning the California Association of IB World School's Garry Prather Award!  This award is for the IB Student of the Year for Northern California and includes a $10,000 scholarship. Megan is the first student in the County of Santa Cruz to receive this prestigious award, and we are all incredibly proud of her!

Megan Gurer with SVHS IB Coordinator and Chemistry Instructor, Dave Crawford

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.

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  • Our role is to develop academically capable, culturally attuned and socially responsible students.
  • There is strength and value in diversity of thought and experience.
  • District decisions, at all levels, should be thoughtful, equitable and transparent.
  • We value commitment and collaboration from our engaged students, families and the community.
  • We value trust, respect and teamwork from our highly skilled and dedicated team.
  • We are accountable to our public for setting clear expectations and optimizing resources to meet our goals.

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