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To prepare our students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.


All staff in Capistrano Unified School District are committed to the belief that children will learn, that children will learn more today than yesterday, and that they will learn more tomorrow than today. The District’s commitment to the more than 54,000 students entrusted to its care remains steadfast. Our commitment to instructional excellence drives the mission of our nearly 4,000 employees.

Founded in 1965, Capistrano Unified encompasses 195 square miles in seven cities and a portion of the unincorporated area of Orange County. With 63 campuses, it is the largest employer in south Orange County. The District includes all or part of the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, and the communities of Las Flores, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Ladera Ranch, Sendero/Rancho Mission Viejo, and Wagon Wheel.

The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, which generally meets twice monthly at the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. Information about meeting times and agendas is available on the District website or by calling (949) 234-9207.

Ethnic Composition

White 60.2%
Hispanic 25.1%
Asian  5.4%
Filipino  1.6%
African American  1.3%
American Indian/Alaska Native  0.1%
Pacific Islander  0.1%
Multiple/decline to state  5.7%

Graduation Rate

Class of 2013 97.2%

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Class of 2011


Class of 2010


Number of Personnel

Certificated Employees (e.g. teachers)

Classified Employees 1,848
Total Number of Employees 3,992

2012-13 California Department of Education data

Number of Schools

CUSD operates 64 schools/programs including:

  • 33 elementary schools
  • 2 K-8 schools
  • 10 middle schools
  • 6 comprehensive high schools
  • 5 charter schools
  • 8 alternative schools/programs: 
    • Adult Education Program, Adult Transition Program, Bridges Community Day School, California Preparatory Academy, Capistrano Home/Virtual Academy, Fresh Start and  RH Dana Exceptional Needs Facility

2014-15 K-12 Enrollment

Updated: 8/2015


Elementary 23,539
Middle 12,914
High Schools 17,583
Total: 54,036