The Chico Unified School District educates over 12,000 students from Chico and the surrounding areas.
Quality and Recognition
With a focus on quality teachers and high levels of academic and personal success, Chico Unified is proud to include 12 California Distinguished Schools within our district recognized for their outstanding student achievement.
Chico Unified School District covers 322 square miles and includes all of the city of Chico and adjacent unincorporated areas of Butte County. One of CUSD's greatest strengths is its wide variety of focused programs including STEM, arts & sciences, academics plus, two- way immersion, robust athletics programs and so much more. Each school features unique programs providing students at every grade and every school with choice and an enriched, deeply rewarding educational experience.
- 10 TK-6 Elementary Schools
- 1 K-8 Hands on Thematic Learning Community
- 1 K-6 Magnet School for the Two Way Spanish Immersion Program
- 3 Junior High Schools
- 2 Comprehensive High Schools
- 1 Charter High School (Focus: Arts & Sciences)
- 1 Continuation High School
- 1 Community Day School
- 1 K-8 Independent Study School
- 1 Special Services School
Passion for Teaching
Our schools are filled with teachers who share a passion for education and provide children with an exemplary student experience. With specialty programs throughout the district and teachers driven to stay current with technology, Chico Unified offers students the opportunity to expand their horizons through exploring new and innovative subjects and methodologies. From maker spaces and robotics to second language fluency, arts, music and more, your student will find a nurturing and energy fueled experience designed to support students from Pre-K - 12 for college, career and life.
Public charter Schools
A strength of Chico is its diversity in K-12 education options. Along with our outstanding public school district you'll find several public charters in a variety of educational instruction.
- Chico Country Day (K-8)
- Blue Oak Waldorf (K-8)
- Wildflower Open Structure Classroom (K-8)
- CORE Butte Alternative Homeschool / Hybrid High School Education (K-12)
- Sherwood Montessori (K-8)
- Nord Country School (K-8)
- Inspire High School of Arts & Sciences (9-12)
Chico offers several options for those who prefer a private school environment.