El Rancho Unified School District, California

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El Rancho Unified School District
Pico Rivera, CA
El Rancho seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Martin Galindo
Graduation rate:93.2%
Number of schools:14
Budget: $84.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Delia Alvidrez
Board members:5
Term length:4

The El Rancho Unified School District is a school district in California that is based in Pico Rivera, California in Los Angeles County. It currently serves 9,953 students in 14 schools.

About the district

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El Rancho Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Pico Rivera, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 62,942 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Pico Rivera (%) California (%)
White 59.4 57.6
Black or African American 1.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 2.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 91.2 37.6


Pico Rivera underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. Pico Rivera outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Pico Rivera was $55,632 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 10.4% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Pico Rivera was 11.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 66.2% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]


Martin Galindo is the current Superintendent of El Rancho Unified School District. He has served in this position since July 1, 2013. Prior to serving in this role he served as Superintendent for the Bassett Unified School District.

School board

Current school board members include:[5]

El Rancho Unified School Board
Member Board Position Term Ends
Delia Alvidrez President 2015
Jose Lara Member 2017
Rachel D. Canchola Board Clerk 2017
Alfred Renteria, Jr. Member 2015
Aurora R. Villon Member 2017


The El Rancho Unified School District on average receives $9,743.92 per pupil based on the California School Finance Center[6]

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
2011-2012 $62,843,070 74.4% $6,907,293 8.2% $8,887,942 10.5% $349,323 0.4% $491,527 0.6% $84,412,652

Teacher salaries

The El Rancho Unified School District employs approximately 426 teachers. Below is the salary schedule for teachers in the AEA agreement.[7]

CPS FY2013-2014 Salary Scheduled
Years EXP BA B.A. +30 B.A. +45 or MA B.A. +60 or MA B.A. +60 + MA B.A. +75 + MA
1 41,431 42,076 44,593 47,111 49,630 52,147
2 42,238 43,818 46,337 48,854 51,374 53,891
3 43,044 45,559 48,080 50,598 53,115 55,634
4 44,787 47,305 49,822 52,341 54,860 57,377
5 46,533 49,046 51,567 54,084 56,602 59,123
6 48,274 50,792 53,311 55,828 58,347 60,865
7 50,016 52,535 55,052 57,572 60,089 62,610
8 51,759 54,279 56,796 59,313 61,832 64,351
9 53,505 56,024 58,541 61,059 63,576 66,095
10 55,246 57,768 60,283 62,802 65,321 67,838
11 56,990 59,507 62,028 64,545 67,063 69,582
12-15 56,990 61,252 63,770 66,287 68,808 71,325
16-20 58,129 62,476 65,047 67,613 70,182 72,752
21-25 59,269 63,703 66,321 68,939 71,560 74,178
26-30 61,547 66,152 68,872 71,592 74,311 77,031
31-35 62,688 67,377 70,148 72,918 75,689 78,457
36-40 63,829 68,603 71,423 74,242 77,065 79,885

District schools

El Rancho Unified School District operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

El Rancho Unified School District
Alice M. Birney Elementary
Durfee Elementary
El Rancho High
Eugene A. Obregon
Lawrence T. Magee Elementary
North Park Middle
North Ranchito Elementary
Osburn Burke Middle
Rio Vista Elementary
Rivera Elementary
Rivera Middle
Ruben Salazar Continuation
South Ranchito Elementary
Valencia 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 eleven. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades 2-11, science in grades 5 and 8-11, and history-social science in grades 8, 10, and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[9]

STAR- El Rancho Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced[10]

El Rancho Unified School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Subject District percentage State average
English-Language Arts 50% 54%
Mathematics 44% 50%
Science 51% 57%
History - Social Science 49% 48%


Declining enrollment

The student enrollment of El Rancho Unified School District is expected to decrease by 400 over the next school year. This decrease will likely result in a budget decrease of $2.4 million. In order to balance the district budget, the district has been forced to lay off 19 teachers due to these budget decreases. In the 2012-13 school year, the district operated with a $3.8 million budget shortfall. When asked about these budget deficits, budget consultant Pearl Iizuka said ""We are able to meet our obligations for this year and the next two years, each year we have a deficit, but fortunately we have reserves to cover the deficit."[11]

Contact information

El Rancho seal.jpg
El Rancho Unified School District
9333 Loch Lomond Drive
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
District website

Website evaluation

The El Rancho school district website contains links to the Board of Education members[12], board meeting agendas and minutes[13], and the school accountability report cards (SARCs)[14].

See also

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