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Lake Elsinore Unified School District was formed on July 1, 1989, when the Elsinore Union High School District merged with the Lake Elsinore School District (elementary). The Lake Elsinore Unified School District is a public school district located in Lake Elsinore, California, USA. It encompasses 131.78 square miles. The Lake Elsinore Unififed School District is the 8th (out of 24) largest school district (in student population) in Riverside County.
With roots going back to two schools built in 1884, Lake Elsinore's school system is one of the county’s oldest. The district now includes thirteen elementary schools, one K-6 school, one K-8 school, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools and five alternative education schools.
Lake Elsinore Unified has recently seen a sharp increase in enrollment due to the fast growth of residential development. To match that growth, the district opened four new schools between 2005 through 2007: Lakeside High School (2005), Lakeland Village Middle School (2005), Ronald Reagan Elementary School (2006) and Earl Warren Elementary School (2007).
Jean Hayman Elementary was closed at the end of the 2008 school school year due to budget cuts. Built in 1984, Hayman was the district's fifth-oldest elementary school. Seismic findings will keep the school from reopening. In February, 2010 the school board voted to close Butterfield Elementary School, the district's fourth oldest and fifth largest of 15 elementary schools, at the end of the 2009/2010 school year in order to save approximately $500,000 . $1,500,000 will be spent to remodel the local middle school, Lakeland Village Middle School, to accommodate the students from Butterfield, remaking the school into a K-8 facility. Another elementary campus, Luiseño Elementary, will also be converted into a K-6 (future to K-8) school at the cost of $8 million dollars.
While dealing with the rapid growth, it is also making strong gains when it comes to academic achievement. In August 2008, scores released by the California Department of Education showed that Lake Elsinore Unified was the highest improving school district out of 23 districts in Riverside County. The district’s third-place showing (county-wide) in 2008 was a marked improvement from 11th place four years before. LEUSD had the fifth highest gain of all K-12 Districts in the State of California in 2008.
Three of Lake Elsinore's middle schools were in the top 15 middle schools in the California for API growth. They are: Lakeland Village Middle School (#1 middle school growth in California), Terra Cotta Middle School (#7 middle school growth in California), and Elsinore Middle School (#13 middle school growth in California). Four of Lake Elsinore's schools were among the top 50 schools in Riverside County for overall API score in 2008. They are: Tuscany Hills Elementary (#10), Withrow Elementary and Rice Canyon Elementary (tied at #32), and Luiseno Elementary (#38). Eight of the top 20 schools with the greatest API growth in Riverside County are from LEUSD. They are: Lakeland Village Middle (#2), Ortega High (#5), Machado Elementary (#6), Elsinore Elementary (#7), Butterfield Elementary (#11), Terra Cotta Middle (#13), Elsinore Middle (#18), and Jean Hayman Elementary (#19). Two of Lake Elsinore's schools were in the top 10 for API growth for comprehensive high schools in Riverside County. They are: Temescal Canyon High (#2),and Elsinore High (#6).
The district is beginning to receive recognition as one of Riverside County’s best and so too are some of its schools. In April 2007 only two high schools in Riverside County were given the prestigious California Distinguished School designation by state education officials: Elsinore and Temescal Canyon high schools, both Lake Elsinore Unified schools. They joined Luiseno Elementary School, which received the honor when elementary schools were chosen in 2006, and Tuscany Hills Elementary School which was named a California Distinguished School in 2008, making it the fourth district school to receive this designation. Lakeland Village and Terra Cotta Middle Schools are now officially named California Distinguished Schools for 2009 and will be recognized by the California Department of Education during the month of May. With an API gain of 111 points, Lakeland Village was the highest-improving middle school in the state. With its 70-point gain, Terra Cotta was the seventh highest-improving middle school in the state.
The Lake Elsinore Unified School District's ethnicity, and comparison to State Averages, is as follows:
The historical record is as follows:
The Lake Elsinore Unified School District is converting two schools to K-8 (kindergarten through 8th grade schools) in the Fall of 2010.
- Butterfield Elementary
- Canyon Lake Middle
- Luiseno Elementary
- Lakeside High
- Keith McCarthy Academy
- Jean Hayman Elementary
- Gordon Kiefer Independent Study
- Elsinore Middle
- Elsinore High
- Donald Graham Elementary
- Cottonwood Canyon Elementary
- Withrow Elementary
- William Collier Elementary
- Wildomar Elementary
- Tuscany Hills Elementary
- Tri-Valley Community Day
- Terra Cotta Middle
- Temescal Canyon High
- Ronald Reagan Elementary
- Rice Canyon Elementary
- Railroad Canyon Elementary
- Machado Elementary
- Lakeland Village Middle
- Elsinore Elementary