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About Us

Ventura has long enjoyed a legacy as an outstanding place to live, work, and raise a family. Our public schools, too, have built a reputation as safe and nurturing environments where students receive a well-rounded education. As our students’ needs have evolved, Ventura Unified School District has strived to stay ahead of the curve—offering rich and varied academic programming, remaining committed to the arts across the district, and ensuring our schools are healthy, green, and connected to the coast and our community. All of these initiatives are pointed toward a common goal: maintaining excellent schools and learning environments where all children can explore, grow, and thrive as students in a modern world and be well prepared for the future ahead of them.

Our district recently embarked on a brand development process which allowed us to look at what defines us, where we have been, and who we want to be through a process of introspection and conversation among our key stakeholders. This effort uncovered our strengths and unique attributes, which were not always apparent in past communications. Our new brand articulates and celebrates our differences and provides common language and a professional identity to unify our public schools.

In the coming weeks and months, you will notice a new look, new language, and exciting changes to the website and other communications to express a more modern and vibrant image. We hope you will embrace these changes since all of us play an important role in how our district and schools are perceived and experienced by our entire community.

Our Promise

When it comes to delivering an education that prepares students for a future in the world today, a one-size-fits-all approach no longer suffices. Students must be able to think critically, approach problem-solving with agility and creativity, be open to exploration, and adapt to new ideas and pathways they will invariably encounter throughout their lives.

At Ventura Unified School District, we cultivate a wealth of diverse academic programs so every student in our community has the chance to explore and engage with a learning environment that not only challenges them academically, but also promotes their growth as people, scholars, and citizens of the world, in an open and positive environment.

Our passion is to help the children in our schools find their passion—academically and personally—believing that each and every student has a brilliant future ahead of them.

Our Pillars

We are committed to providing:

  • a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment in every school

  • rigorous and relevant academics that challenge each student

  • engaging settings that stimulate curiosity and empower students to have a voice in their learning

  • real world experiences and connections in and out of the classroom to cultivate creativity, critical thinking, and an appreciation for the world in which we live

  • consistent, enthusiastic and unwavering encouragement of each and every child—so they can discover who they want to become and be academically, personally, and socially

Our young people are the future of our community and our world. It is incumbent on all of us to become deeply involved in their success, so each student has the freedom, support and resources they need to find their future.

For the future of every student.

Our Logo

Our logo, the open wave, was inspired by VUSD’s connection to the California coast and the possibilities that lie ahead for our students. The ocean, and all that it represents, is a fitting metaphor for the optimism and energy embodied by our people, schools, and district. The logo unifies our schools and programs with a bold, abstract signature that connotes an open, cresting wave. The clean lines that comprise the open wave signify the opportunities students are offered by our district through its variety of programs and schools. The color blue leads our bold and varied color palette since it stands for confidence, wisdom, and intelligence.

Our Vision

In the Ventura Unified School District all students will receive an exemplary and balanced education fostering a lifelong passion for learning and engagement. We demand excellence of ourselves because our supportive community has entrusted us with their children.

Our Mission

The Ventura Unified School District will educate all students in safe, healthy, and high performing schools. We will inspire all students to excel academically, honor the unique qualities and diverse backgrounds of all students, build supportive relationships, guide all students to reach their full potential, motivate all students to successfully pursue their chosen life path, and engage all students to become responsible and contributing members of society.

Our Governing Principles

Every student can learn. We will make decisions in the best interest of students. We will value and celebrate diversity, and treat all people with dignity and respect. We will operate in a fiscally responsible manner. We will work as a team. We will maintain a working environment that promotes professional growth and excellence. We will celebrate and recognize success, creativity and achievement through a variety of indicators. We will embrace families and the community as partners in education. 

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