Torrance Unified School District, California

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Torrance Unified School District
Torrance, California
Torrance Unified School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:George Mannon
Graduation rate:95.3%
Number of schools:31
Budget: $178.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mark Steffen
Board members:5
Term length:4
Torrance Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Torrance, California. It is the 51st largest school district in California, serving 24,229 students in 31 schools with an operating budget of $178.3 million during the 2011-12 school year.[1][2]

About the district

Torrance Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Torrance Unified School District is located in southern Los Angeles County in Torrance, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Torrance is home to 145,438 residents.[3]


Torrance outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 43.7% of Torrance residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in Torrance was $75,885 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Torrance was 7.2% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Torrance (%) California (%)
White 51.1 57.6
Black or African American 2.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 34.5 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.4
Two or More Races 5.5 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

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.[6]


George Mannon is the current Superintendent of Torrance Unified School District. He has served in this role since 2005. Prior to serving in this role, he served as Superintendent for Glendora Unified, Tustin Unified and Carlsbad Unified school districts. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, his Master's degree from Marshall University and his doctoral degree in education administration from Arizona State University.[7]

School board

The Torrance Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Torrance Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Martha Deutsch At-large 2017
Michael Patrick Wermers At-large 2017
Mark Steffen At-large 2017
Terry Ragins At-large 2015
Don Lee At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Torrance Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Torrance Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[9] Three seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be up for election in 2015.


The Torrance Unified School District's budget is published on the Education Data Partnership's website.[10]

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
2009-2010 $152,991,522 81% $4,514,563 2.4% $21,426,023 11.3% $0 0% $10,003,348 5.3% $188,935,456
2010-2011 $142,907,506 81.2% $4,782,890 2.7% $20,093,816 11.4% $0 0% $8,155,718 4.6% $175,939,929
2011-2012 $144,151,118 80.8% $4,596,712 2.6% $21,057,420 11.8% $0 0% $8,585,834 4.8% $178,391,084
Averages: $146,683,382 81% $4,631,388.33 3% $20,859,086.33 12% $0 0% $8,914,966.67 5% $181,088,823

Teacher salaries

Torrance Unified School District employed 1,012 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year.[11] 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 Torrance Teachers Association for 2013-2014:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 43,138 50,213
B.A. + 15 43,366 55,515
B.A. + 30 45,093 62,270
B.A. + 45 or MA 45,996 75,556
B.A. + 60 w/MA or MA +15 46,916 81,745
B.A. + 75 w/MA or MA +30 47,855 85,771

Schools in Torrance Unified School District


Torrance Unified School District serves 24,229 students in 31 schools.[1]

District schools

Torrance Unified School District operates 31 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Torrance Unified School District
Anza Elementary
Arlington Elementary
Bert M. Lynn Middle
Calle Mayor Elementary
Casimir Middle
Edison Elementary
Edward J. Richardson Middle
Evelyn Carr Elementary
Fern Elementary
Gene Drevno Community Day
Hickory Elementary
Howard Wood Elementary
J. H. Hull Middle
Jefferson Middle
John Adams Elementary
Joseph Arnold Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Madrona Middle
North High
Philip Magruder Middle
Riviera Elementary
Seaside Elementary
Shery High
South High
Torrance Elementary
Towers Elementary
Victor Elementary
Walteria Elementary
West High
Yukon Elementary

Academic performance

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 2-11. STAR results include English 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 STAR benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicate that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students. The following table compares the percentage of district students who score at a "Proficient" or "Advanced" level with the statewide averages from the 2011-2012 school year.[14]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 73 54
Mathematics 62 50
Science 78 57
History/Social Science 66 48

Contact information

Torrance Unified School District seal.png
Torrance Unified School District
2355 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA 90509
Phone: (310) 972-6500

See also

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