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The district was first incorporated in 1966 to consolidate administration of schools in and around the City of Madera. The district has 25 schools (13 K-6 elementary schools, 3 K-8 country schools, 3 middle schools, 2 high schools, 2 alternative education centers, 2 charter schools). In recent years, M.U.S.D has added 4 new schools (3 elementary schools and 1 middle school) and completed Madera South High School (formerly named Madera High School - South Campus).
In late 2008, Madera Unified purchased land for a new high school in the northern part of town, the school will be named Madera North High School.
Madera Unified's capitulation when faced with a 2008 lawsuit about the manner in which school board trustees were elected, as well as a judge's related ruling on the matter, has reportedly influenced other California school districts and other governmental bodies to change from at-large representation, which most of the state's school districts have, to a by-district system. Four Madera plaintiffs, represented by San Francisco-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, alleged that the at-large voting system resulted in racial polarization that resulted in the city's Latino majority of 82 percent being politically marginalized, which violated the state's 2002 Voting Rights Act.  The school district settled out of court without admitting guilt but agreeing to change how school board trustees were elected, according to The Madera Tribune daily newspaper in its 2008 coverage.
The Madera Unified School District held a workshop on Feb. 15 to inform staff and the community about budget reductions MUSD is facing in light of a state budget proposal that includes billions in cuts in K-12 education.
On Jan. 13, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled the state's budget proposal, which featured drastic across-the-board cuts to nearly every area that receives government funding. The trickle-down effect has an impact on school districts throughout the state. In the case of Madera Unified, the district is being forced to cut nearly $9 million from its 2008-09 operating budget as a result of the state's budget reductions.
- Alpha Elementary
- Berenda Elementary
- Mountain Vista High (Continuation)
- Millview Elementary
- Martin Luther King Jr. Middle
- Madera South High
- Madera High North
- Madera Adult
- Lincoln Elementary
- La Vina Elementary
- John J. Pershing Elementary
- John Adams Elementary
- James Madison Elementary
- Howard Elementary
- George Washington Elementary
- Furman (Duane E.) High (Alternative)
- Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy
- Eastin-Arcola Elementary
- Dixieland Elementary
- Cesar Chavez Elementary
- Thomas Jefferson Middle
- Sherman Thomas Charter
- Ripperdan High
- Nishimoto Elementary