About Our District and County
Plumas Unified School District and Plumas County Office of Education are proud to serve the students, families, and communities in four distinct communities, in our rural northeastern California mountain county. PUSD and PCOE serve the students in the 2,613 square miles through four elementary schools, four comprehensive high schools, and eight alternative education sites. Our county and schools range from Chester in the Lake Almanor north-west region, to Greenville in Indian Valley, to the county seat in Quincy in American Valley and to Portola in the East in Sierra Valley. The driving distance between Chester and Portola is 78 miles with an estimated drive time of approximately two hours. Each community has a TK-6th-grade elementary school and a 7-12th-grade high school. PUSD/PCOE believes strongly that schools in each community are the best way to educate our students and is committed to maintaining the highest quality education in each of our small school settings. Besides our beautiful location and strong communities, PUSD and PCOE are unique in that one county office of education (PCOE) serves one school district (PUSD). Only eight other counties are structured like this in the state of California. Furthermore, PUSD is a Basic Aid district, referring to the way the school district receives funding through county property taxes and not through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
12 Schools 121 Certificated and 160 Classified Staff
The student population includes approximately:
78% Caucasian, 12.6% Hispanic, 1.2% Asian, 1.9% African American, and 6.3% other students.
The District’s annual general fund budget is approximately $26 million.
In 2017/18 PUSD Served a total of 1,846 students.
PUSD Programs Include:
One to One Technology
Advanced Placement Courses
CTE Courses including:
Woodshop, Auto Shop, Culinary, Welding, Gardening, and more.
Art, Theater, & Music
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Business and Finance
Maker Space Class
Distinct Outdoor Education Programs
Unique Place-Based NGSS Curriculum
The population of Plumas County is approximately 20,000. The county boasts more than 100 lakes and 1,000 miles of rivers and streams with over a million acres of national forest. This rural, four-season mountain retreat offers beauty, solitude, clean air, safety, and endless outdoor recreational adventures including mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, and water sports. We also have a vibrant visual and performing arts scene and unlimited community activities.
Affordable Housing Prices: Plumas County: $192 per sq. ft. CA Average: $291 per sq. ft.
Unique Outdoor Education
Our location combined with our community relationships create boundless outdoor, hands-on learning opportunities for PUSD students.