An exciting day for Arena Union Elementary School!
Our school is being honored under California’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. Arena is the only elementary school in Mendocino County to receive this honor.
“These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a news release.
California schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.
Welcome to Point Arena Schools!
Point Arena is located 140 miles north of San Francisco on the beautiful coastline of southern Mendocino County. Gray whales migrate along the shore, and the majestic coastal ridge range is covered with redwood and Douglas Fir. Local industry includes fishing, dairy and beef farming, tourism and agriculture. Point Arena and adjacent communities are home to many artists, poets and musicians, and offer high quality art shows, concerts and community activities that draw locals and a regular stream of visitors from the Bay Area and beyond.
The Point Arena Schools District is one of 10 Common Districts in the State, with a separate elementary school district (Arena Union Elementary SD) and high school district (Point Arena Joint Union HSD), with a common district office, superintendent, board of trustees and budget. The district also includes the Pacific Community Charter School, South Coast Continuation High School, the independent study program, K-8 After School Program and State Preschool.
Point Arena High School serves students from northern Sonoma County and southern Mendocino County, and as far inland as the Kashia Rancheria. Arena Union Elementary School serves students from Gualala to Manchester, and the Point Arena/Manchester Rancherias. The school community is diverse population including 47% Hispanic, 9% Native American and 39% White. The EL population is about 25% and 66% of the District’s students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. The district is Community funded (Basic Aid), and serves 560 students grades Pre-K-12.