Capistrano Unified School District, California

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Capistrano Unified School District
Orange County, California
Capistrano Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Kirsten Vital
Enrollment:53,833 students
Graduation rate:97.2%[1]
Number of schools:63
Budget: $355.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John M. Alpay
Board members:7
Term length:4 years
Capistrano Unified School District is a school district in California that served 53,833 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] This district is the 10th-largest school district by enrollment in California.

About the district

Capistrano Unified School District is located in Orange County, California.

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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Orange County (%) California (%)
White 74.1 73.5
Black or African American 2.1 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.7
Asian 19.2 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 34.2 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Orange County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 512,440 582,332
2008 549,558 579,064
2004 419,239 641,832
2000 391,819 541,299

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.[5][6]


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.[7]

School board

The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees is composed of seven members elected by geographic area to four-year terms.[8]

Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees
Member District Term Ends
John M. Alpay 3 2016
Lynn Hatton-Hodson 7 2018
Gary Pritchard 5 2016
Gila Jones 6 2018
Martha McNicholas 4 2018
Amy Hanacek 1 2016
Jim Reardon 2 2016

School board elections

See also: Capistrano Unified School District elections (2014)

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.[9]

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)[10]

—Capistrano Unified School District's website, (2014)[11]


The table below displays the budget for Capistrano Unified School District:[12]

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
2013-2014 $306,794,419 86.3% $10,118,838 2.8% $27,985,151 7.9% $10,319,208 2.9% $245,000 0.1% $355,462,616
Averages: $306,794,419 86% $10,118,838 3% $27,985,151 8% $10,319,208 3% $245,000 0% $355,462,616

Teacher salaries

Capistrano Unified School District employed 2,144 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[13] 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:[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 48,899 68,976
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.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 53,381 -
2010-2011 53,192 -0.36
2011-2012 53,170 -0.04
2012-2013 53,785 1.14
2013-2014 53,833 0.09

District schools

Capistrano Unified School District operates 63 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Capistrano Unified School District
School Name
Aliso Niguel High
Aliso Viejo Middle
Arroyo Vista Elementary
Arroyo Vista Middle
Bathgate Elementary
Bernice Ayer Middle
Bridges Community Day
California Preparatory Academy
Canyon Vista Elementary
Capistrano Connections Academy Charter
Capistrano Valley High
Capistrano Virtual/Home
Carl Hankey Elementary
Carl Hankey Middle
Castille Elementary
Chaparral Elementary
Clarence Lobo Elementary
Community Roots Academy
Concordia Elementary
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
Kinoshita Elementary
Ladera Ranch Elementary
Ladera Ranch Middle
Laguna Niguel Elementary
Las Flores Elementary
Las Flores Middle
Las Palmas Elementary
Marblehead Elementary
Marco Forster Elementary
Marian Bergeson Elementary
Moulton Elementary
Newhart Middle
Niguel Hills Middle
Oak Grove Elementary
Opportunities for Learning - Capistrano
Oso Grande Elementary
Oxford Preparatory Academy - South Orange County
Palisades Elementary
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
Shorecliffs Middle
Tesoro High
Tijeras Creek Elementary
Truman Benedict Elementary
Viejo Elementary
Vista del Mar Elementary
Vista del Mar Middle
Wagon Wheel Elementary
Wood Canyon Elementary

Academic performance

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.[1]

STAR Results, % of Proficient/Advanced Students, 2012-2013
Subject District State average
English-Language Arts 74% 55%
Mathematics 65% 50%
Science 79% 59%
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.[16][17]

Contact information

Capistrano Unified School District seal.jpg
Capistrano Unified School District
33122 Valle Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (949) 234-9200

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Accountability (API/," accessed May 5, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Profile of District," accessed November 25, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Orange County, California," accessed July 11, 2014
  4. Orange County Registrar of Voters, "Election Results Archive," accessed July 11, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. Capistrano Unified School District, "News Release: Capistrano Unified Announces its Next Superintendent," June 19, 2014
  8. Capistrano Unified School District, "Trustee Biographies," accessed May 5, 2014
  9. Orange County Registrar of Voters, "School District Contests on the Ballot," accessed July 15, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Capistrano Unified School District, "Meeting Conduct," accessed May 5, 2014
  12. Capistrano Unified School District, "Budget News," accessed December 4, 2013
  13. Education Data Partnership, "District Reports: Teacher Salaries," accessed November 25, 2014
  14. Capistrano Unified School District, "2013-14 Certificated Salary Schedule," accessed May 5, 2014
  15. Capistrano Unified School District, "Schools," accessed May 5, 2014
  16. Contra Costa Times, "Alameda: A farewell to schools Superintendent Kirsten Vital," July 23, 2014
  17. Orange County Register, "Capistrano district hires Alameda superintendent as schools chief," June 19, 2014