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All staff in Capistrano Unified School District are committed to the belief that children will learn, that children will learn more today than yesterday and that they will learn more tomorrow than today. The District’s commitment to the more than 49,000 students entrusted to its care remains steadfast. Our commitment to instructional excellence drives the mission of our nearly 4,000 employees.

Founded in 1965, Capistrano Unified encompasses 200 square miles in seven cities and a portion of the unincorporated area of Orange County. With 63 campuses, it is the largest employer in south Orange County. The District includes all or part of the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, and the communities of Las Flores, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Ladera Ranch, Sendero/Rancho Mission Viejo, and Wagon Wheel.

The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, which generally meets monthly at the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Education Center, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. Information about meeting times and agendas is available on this website or by calling (949) 234-9207.

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K-5 23,249


6-8 12,838 11,749
9-12 17,791 16,242
Totals: 53,878 49,117


Updated: 8/2017

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Ethnic Composition

White 57%
Hispanic 26%
Asian  6%
Filipino  2%
Other  9%

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Graduation Rate

Class of 2016 97.1%
Class of 2015 96.6%
Class of 2014 96.8%
Class of 2013 97.2%

Class of 2012


Class of 2011


Class of 2010


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Number of Personnel

Admin    151


Teachers 2,164
Total Number of Employees 3,841

2015-16 California Department of Education data

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Number of Schools

CUSD operates 64 schools/programs including:

  • 33 elementary schools
  • 3 K-8 schools
  • 10 middle schools
  • 6 comprehensive high schools
  • 5 charter schools
  • 8 alternative schools/programs: 
    • Adult Education Program, Adult Transition Program, Bridges Community Day School, California Preparatory Academy, Capistrano Home/Virtual Academy, Fresh Start and  RH Dana Exceptional Needs Facility.
  • Spanning 200 square miles
  • 4,000,000 square feet of building space

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