Our mission is to inspire, engage, challenge, support and ultimately motivate all students to strive to reach their highest level of personal learning and development.
Growing in all the right ways.
Our vision is to be an exemplary, student-focused school district, highly regarded for the competence and character of our students, the rich connection to our mountain community, and the excellence of our people, programs, and unique learning environment.
A Truly Unique Setting.
The District currently serves 1,323 students, in grades TK through 12 from three schools; Foothill Elementary (grades TK-6), Sierra Junior High School (grades 7-8), Sierra High School (grades 9-12), with Sierra Junior High and Sierra High Schools sharing the same campus, facilities, administration and many of the staff.
There are three Native American Rancherias located within the district with direct ancestral ties to the Native American Mono Tribe. Those rancherias are; Table Mountain Rancheria, Big Sandy Rancheria, and Cold Springs Rancheria, each with a rich, cultural heritage.
Our district will never be the biggest, but that doesn’t stop us from striving to be the best… our Sierra Best. It’s this commitment to excellence that is instilled in our children helping them to spread their wings and become the best that they can be.
Our total number of students
may be small compared to other districts but we pride ourselves on some pretty big things. Things like opportunity, academic and creative thought, ideas and ingenuity, and caring for others. These are the things we consider big and we create the space for our students to live them out each and every day.
Excellence in education
is our goal for every student. To meet this goal, we take a systematic approach to using data from formative and summative assessments to evaluate student progress at each grade level and course, adjusting as needed while delivering a comprehensive curriculum. With smaller class sizes within the SUSD our students get one more essential boost in meeting our excellence goals – more time with their teachers.
Excellence as a continual goal. SUSD implements rigorous yet equitable academic programs to propel students toward success in higher education. We also strive for excellence in occupational learning helping students to master job skills applicable and sought after by local and regional businesses.
Every Sierra athletic team that takes the field, the court or the pool is in it to win it. Every Eagle, Warrior and Chieftain takes pride in representing our district and showcasing their talents. We also believe that athletic competition is more than that – it’s about learning to achieve a common goal, working together with others to do so, and exposure through participation in a variety of sports to achieve a well-rounded experience.