Modesto City Schools, California

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Modesto City Schools
Modesto, California
Modesto City Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Pam Able
Graduation rate:78.0%
Number of schools:33
Budget: $235.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Cindy Marks
Board members:7
Term length:4
Modesto City Schools is a school district in California that serves the city of Lynwood, California. It is the 34th largest school district in California, serving 29,989 students in 33 schools with an operating budget of $235.0 million.[1][2]


Modesto underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, 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. The median household income in Modesto was $49,852 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 18.7% of Modesto residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Modesto was 18.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 79.4% of Modesto residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 92.3% in California.[3]


Pam Able is the current Superintendent for Modesto City Schools after being appointed to this role in March 2011. Prior to serving in this role she served the district as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for preschool and elementary programs. She is a graduate of Davis High School, earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Able earned her Master's degree in educational leadership from St. Mary's College.

School board

The Modesto City School Board is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.[6]

Modesto City School Board
Member District Term Ends
Cindy Marks At large 2017
Amy Elliott Neumann At large 2015
David Allan At large 2017
Jordan Dickson At large 2015
Steven Grenbeaux At large 2015
Ruben A. Villalobos At large 2017
Sue Zwahlen At large 2017

School board elections

See also: Modesto City Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Modesto City School Board are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[7] Five seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.


The Modesto City Schools' budget is published on the Education Data Partnership's website.[8]

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 $211,725,212 86.4% $8,663,103 3.5% $19,097,341 7.8% $0 0% $5,626,438 2.3% $245,112,095
2010-2011 $200,616,215 84.5% $9,342,091 3.9% $20,853,790 8.8% $0 0% $6,554,698 2.8% $237,366,794
2011-2012 $200,344,435 85.2% $8,593,470 3.7% $19,684,573 8.4% $0 0% $6,447,603 2.7% $235,070,080
Averages: $204,228,620.67 85% $8,866,221.33 4% $19,878,568 8% $0 0% $6,209,579.67 3% $239,182,989.67

Teacher salaries

Modesto City Schools employed 1,367 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 Modesto Teachers Association for 2011 through 2014:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA + 12 52,787 71,063
BA + 24 52,789 76,773
BA + 36 52,997 82,880
BA + 48 57,736 87,617
BA + 60 62,862 92,753
BA + 72 68,399 96,528
BA +24 w/MA 52,789 77,448
BA +36 w/MA 53,660 83,543
BA +48 w/MA 58,403 88,282
BA +60 w/MA 63,529 94,083
BA +72 w/MA 69,072 97,856

Schools in Modesto City Schools


Modesto City Schools serves 29,989 students in 33 schools.[1]

District schools

Modesto City Schools operates 33 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

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" indicates 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.[11]

Contact information

Modesto City Schools seal.jpg
Modesto City Schools
426 Locust St.
Modesto, CA 95351

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