Orland Unified School District

Our Vision

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Inventing a New Beginning: A Vision for Orland Unified School District

Background: Orland Unified School District serves nearly 2,300 students with diverse educational needs. Over three-quarters of our students and their families are qualified as socio-economically disadvantaged and nearly 30% of our students are English Learners. As we enter the next generation of statewide assessments and anxiously await the outcomes, our historical data suggests that students continue to struggle to master the state content standards, as measured by the Academic Performance Index (API). Although our students continue to achieve at higher levels than they did over a decade ago, our school sites and our district have been targeted as a system in need; a Program Improvement district.

Our students and their families continue to come to campus with increasingly diverse educational needs. We must broaden our definition of education to include essential support and services that engage our families and strengthen our community. By focusing on a wider array of support services rather than just traditional educational services, we will be more equipped to work with all students. Therefore, as an educational community, we must create a coherent system of support that connects all services and programs to the established academic expectations for all students.

While focusing on building a coherent system of support that is aligned to the instructional core, we will remain relentless in our pursuit of instructional reform to ensure quality instruction for all students. We will build capacity for advancing instruction by investing in our teachers, administrators and staff through ongoing, evidence-based instructional programs, professional development and coaching. Staff will be supported through focused conversations which encourage reflection on professional practices. We will build a common language around the technical core of student learning to create an articulated learning experience for students and a professional learning community for staff. We will ensure that all schools have the resources and supports they need to provide all students with the opportunities to learn.

In order to build and maintain a system that is responsive to the dynamic and changing needs of the Orland community, we must commit ourselves to building and sustaining effective and productive teams. Effective teams are built around open dialogue, discussion and debate on essential ideas that impact the education of our students; a transparent and efficient communication and decision-making loop undergirds a coherent and productive system.

As stakeholders we will adopt and implement a rich data literate culture. Through the effective implementation of data analysis protocols and a robust system of monitoring and support, OUSD will propel all students on a trajectory of personal, academic and life success.

As stakeholders we will engage in our own professional development so that we can respond to the changing needs of our district. We will become proficient in anticipating challenges and hurdles rather than reacting to barriers faced by teams, sites and the district office. We must hold ourselves accountable and fulfill our promise to ensure that what we do on a daily basis directly impacts what happens for every student, every day in every way.

Each stakeholder brings a unique perspective, a rich skill-set and a desire to be part of 'system on the move.' Together, our creativity and wealth of experiences strengthens and grounds the important work ahead.

Mission Statement

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The Orland Unified School District is dedicated to achieving high standards in curriculum, instruction, performance and personal behavior. It is our goal that each student achieves academic excellence and develops respect for self and others to become contributing members of our culturally diverse society. The responsibility for the development of these qualities in all students is accomplished through a cooperative effort among students, parents, staff and community.
Our Community

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Orland Unified School District is located in Glenn County, about 100 miles north of Sacramento, in the fertile Northern Sacramento River Valley. Interstate 5 passes through Orland and offers good views of the widely diverse agricultural activities that provide a strong economic base for the area. A strong sense of community pride makes Orland a great place to live, grow and raise children. The city of Orland  is a family-oriented community with excellent schools, many churches, a well-managed city library, civic-minded service organizations, and strong law enforcement. The Orland Volunteer Fire Department has provided fire protection to city and rural residents for over 75 years.
Belief Statement

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We believe that the highest levels of academic, social and emotional growth for all students occur when:
  • Schools are welcoming places, providing a nurturing learning environment that ensures physical and emotional safety.
  • All members of the school community strive for unity and embrace diversity.
  • Mutual respect between parents, students, teachers, support staff and administrators creates an environment in which teamwork and collaboration thrive.
  • Self-esteem and self-respect are enhanced through achievement.
We believe that all students can achieve to their maximum potential when:
  • Instructional strategies target individual needs, abilities and learning styles.
  • Current technology is used to support and enhance student learning.
We believe the shared responsibility for student success is built on a foundation that includes:
  • High quality, well trained, caring and compassionate teachers, support staff and administration.
  • Strong connections between the school and home, recognizing that parents play a vital role both as teachers and partners with the school in the growth and development of their children.
  • A district culture in which trust, kindness, honesty and open communiocation are valued and practiced daily.


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Our school district is comprised of 2300 K-12 students in six schools, plus independent study:
  • 2 elementary schools (K-2 & 3-5)
  • 1 intermediate school (6-8)
  • 1 high school (9-12)
  • 1 continuation high school (9-12)
  • 1 community day school 7-12
  • Independent study program
Click here to view our schools and connect to their websites.

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  • The District is proud that it has maintained a class size ratio that is among the lowest in the area.
  • In addition, we maintain a full K-12 music program (K-12 vocal and 5-12 instrumental), with substantial help from the Orland Music Boosters organization.
  • An extensive vocational education program at Orland High School offers a variety of classes from woodshop, welding and auto shop to web design and retail.
  • Advanced Placement classes are offered for college-bound students.
  • Wide-ranging, competitive sports program includes swimming, golf, tennis and soccer.
  • Counseling services are available for students in grades 6-12.
  • Award-winning Agriculture Program including livestock facilities and an experimental farm project through the University of California.
  • Through an active partnership with Butte College and California State University, Chico, Orland High students can concurrently enroll in and receive credit for college courses.
  • Students take field trips to Monterey, Yosemite, Ashland and San Francisco.
  • Positive relationships exist among administration, employee groups and parents (Interest-Based Bargaining is used for negotiations and other issues.)
  • Teachers and administrators receive State and National Honors.

High Academic Standards

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Orland Unified is dedicated to achieving high standards. The state standards are taught at all grade levels with state-approved, newly-adopted textbooks and supporting materials. For example, these world-class standards start kids learning algebra concepts in the first grade. Sophisticated computer software tracks each student's progress, so that academic programs can be tailored to meet individual needs. The District plans to offer this software to parents, so they can participate more fully in their child's education.

Since the Orland schools are now unified, curriculum articulation allows future teachers to build on the successes of the past. The goal is to provide seamless transitions between all levels of education, so that students do not experience gaps or unnecessary overlaps in their learning.

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The District has over 600 network-ready computers connected to a district-wide network. Network connections are used for Internet research, classroom instruction and communication among classrooms.

We also have automated attendance and reporting, automated access to media center resources, and a District intranet for administrative and academic communication.

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Orland High School maintains a full slate of athletic teams for both men and women, with 13 varsity sports. The high school is a member of the Westside League of the North Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.

The Orland Athletic Boosters organization donates a substantial amount of time and money to benefit the Orland High School interscholastic athletic program.

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OUSD does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group, actual or perceived sexual orientation, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability.  Complaints alleging noncompliance with this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to Orland Unified School District office at 1320 Sixth Street.  he Title IX coordinator is Ronnie Stenquist and her contact information is 530-865-1200  The District's 504, Title II, and Title V coordinator is Jeff Scheele and his contact number is 530-865-1200. To review the full copy of the Uniform Complaint Procedure click here.