Capistrano Unified School District, California
|Capistrano Unified School District|
|Orange County, California|
|Number of schools:||63|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||John M. Alpay|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Capistrano Unified School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Capistrano Unified School District is located in Orange County, California. The county seat of Orange County is Santa Ana. Orange County was home to 3,114,363 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Orange County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of Orange County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Orange County was $75,566 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for Orange County was 11.7 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
Kirsten Vital is the superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District. She has served in this position since July 2014. Prior to this position, Vital served as superintendent of the Alameda Unified School District. She has previously served in many education roles, as a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and a college professor.
The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees is composed of seven members elected by geographic area to four-year terms.
|Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees|
|John M. Alpay||3||2016|
School board elections
Members of the Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis every even-numbered election year. The general election for three seats was held on November 4, 2014, and four seats will be up for election in 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The board of trustees maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings.
|“||Oral Communication (Non-Agenda Items)
Regular, scheduled meetings of the Board shall have a portion of each meeting devoted to oral communications. A person wishing to address the Board on a non-agenda item may do so under the Oral Communications portion of the Board agenda. Oral communications shall take place at the beginning of the meeting and immediately following the special recognitions portion of the Board meeting. With board consent, the Board President may modify the time allowed for public presentation.
1. The total time for the Oral Communications portion of regular meetings shall be twenty (20) minutes. Individual presentations are limited to three (3) minutes per individual but could be less if there are a large number of Oral Communication speakers.
2. A person wishing to be heard by the Board on a non agenda item during Oral Communications, after having submitted a "Request to Address the Board of Trustees" card prior to the commencement of Oral Communications portion of the meeting, shall first be recognized by the Board President. The speaker may identify himself/herself by providing the Board with his/her name and city/community of residence.
3. No "Request to Address the Board of Trustees" cards will be accepted once the Oral Communications portion of the meeting has begun.
4. There shall be no transfer of a person's time, or a portion of a person's time to another speaker.
5. Legally the Board may not take action on items raised by speakers under Oral Communications. The Board may, however at its discretion refer items to the administration for follow-up or place topics on a future Board agenda. (Education Code 35145.5, Government Code 59454.3)
—Capistrano Unified School District's website, (2014)
The table below displays the budget for Capistrano Unified School District:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Capistrano Unified School District employed 2,144 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the California Teachers Association for the 2013-2014 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 45||51,344||85,444|
|B.A. + 60||53,911||89,718|
|B.A. + 75 w/M.A.||58,305||98,931|
Schools in Capistrano Unified School District
Capistrano Unified School District served 53,833 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 0.84 percent from 2009 to 2013.
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Capistrano Unified School District operates 63 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Capistrano Unified School District|
|Aliso Niguel High|
|Aliso Viejo Middle|
|Arroyo Vista Elementary|
|Arroyo Vista Middle|
|Bernice Ayer Middle|
|Bridges Community Day|
|California Preparatory Academy|
|Canyon Vista Elementary|
|Capistrano Connections Academy Charter|
|Capistrano Valley High|
|Carl Hankey Elementary|
|Carl Hankey Middle|
|Clarence Lobo Elementary|
|Community Roots Academy|
|Crown Valley Elementary|
|Dana Hills High|
|Del Obispo Elementary|
|Don Juan Avila Elementary|
|Don Juan Avila Middle|
|George White Elementary|
|Harold Ambuehl Elementary|
|Hidden Hills Elementary|
|John Malcolm Elementary|
|Junipero Serra High|
|Ladera Ranch Elementary|
|Ladera Ranch Middle|
|Laguna Niguel Elementary|
|Las Flores Elementary|
|Las Flores Middle|
|Las Palmas Elementary|
|Marco Forster Elementary|
|Marian Bergeson Elementary|
|Niguel Hills Middle|
|Oak Grove Elementary|
|Opportunities for Learning - Capistrano|
|Oso Grande Elementary|
|Oxford Preparatory Academy - South Orange County|
|Philip J. Reilly Elementary/Special Education|
|Richard Henry Dana Elementary|
|Richard Henry Dana Exceptional Needs|
|San Clemente High|
|San Juan Elementary|
|San Juan Hills High|
|Tijeras Creek Elementary|
|Truman Benedict Elementary|
|Vista del Mar Elementary|
|Vista del Mar Middle|
|Wagon Wheel Elementary|
|Wood Canyon Elementary|
California STAR program
California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA) and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), measures the achievement of California content standards for grades two through 11. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades two through 11, science in grades five and eight through 11, and history-social science in grades eight, 10 and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are four benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR; below basic, basic, proficient and advanced. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.
|STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013|
|History - Social Science||71%||49%|
New superintendent starts
In August 2014, the Capistrano Unified School District welcomed Kirsten Vital as its new superintendent. Before serving Capistrano Unified, Vital served for over five years as Alameda Unified School District's superintendent. She left her former district with two years left on her contract. Vital took the reins from Joe Farley, Capistrano Unified's former superintendent who officially retired July 1, 2014. In addition to her work in the Alameda Unified School District, Vital also previously served as an administrator in the Oakland Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
- California school districts
- List of school districts in California
- Capistrano Unified School District elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Capistrano Unified School District
- California Teachers Association
- San Juan Capistrano, California
- Orange County, California
- California Department of Education
- California School Board Association
- Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Accountability (API/," accessed May 5, 2014
- Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed November 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Orange County, California," accessed July 11, 2014
- Orange County Registrar of Voters, "Election Results Archive," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
- Capistrano Unified School District, "News Release: Capistrano Unified Announces its Next Superintendent," June 19, 2014
- Capistrano Unified School District, "Trustee Biographies," accessed May 5, 2014
- Orange County Registrar of Voters, "School District Contests on the Ballot," accessed July 15, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Capistrano Unified School District, "Meeting Conduct," accessed May 5, 2014
- Capistrano Unified School District, "Budget News," accessed December 4, 2013
- Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed November 25, 2014
- Capistrano Unified School District, "2013-14 Certificated Salary Schedule," accessed May 5, 2014
- Capistrano Unified School District, "Schools," accessed May 5, 2014
- Contra Costa Times, "Alameda: A farewell to schools Superintendent Kirsten Vital," July 23, 2014
- Orange County Register, "Capistrano district hires Alameda superintendent as schools chief," June 19, 2014
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