The Willits Unified School District serves 1550 students in grades TK–12 from the City of Willits and surrounding areas. Committed to the small campus environment our district is composed of four traditional schools: Brookside Elementary (TK-2), Blosser Lane Elementary (3-5), Baechtel Grove Middle School (6-8), and Willits High School (9-12). In addition to our traditional schools our alternative programs offer students a variety of choices within our district’s governance: Sherwood Elementary (K-5), Sanhedrin Continuation High (9-12), and New Horizons Independent Study (K-12).

It is with great pride and clear vision that we embark on our new journey. As an educational community we have faced many challenges, accomplished our goals, and clarified our path of providing exceptional academic growth for all students. Each year brings us an opportunity to recreate ourselves with fresh ideas and renewed vigor to take on unknown opportunities and push the envelope of student achievement. The results of our efforts and hard work are evident in the lives of our students, support of our families, and wellbeing of our community.

The advent of this new school year will bring with its staff development focused on supporting student achievement and creative exploration, new programs at each site to increase avenues of student achievement, continued fiscal stability, and promotion of community involvement. Leadership from our Board of Trustees has reinvented Willits Unified School District (WUSD) into a financially secure and student-centered environment where all students are provided an opportunity to thrive. WE thank them for their vision and support.

Education is constantly evolving and changing. New programs and initiatives for 2015-16 include a district wide roll-out of the English Language Arts and English Language Development State Framework, Technology Leadership Team to support the use of technology in the classroom, and integration of Special Education into the regular education classroom. We welcome sixteen new qualified staff members dedicated to serving the needs of our students and community.

WUSD would not be able to perform our duties without the continued support of our bargaining units and community. Our work together makes us stronger as a district and a community. Partnerships forged within our community have provided our students with coaches, job opportunities, mentoring, and leadership. We appreciate the dedication and commitment of our community members. Together we are the WUSD family.


With warm regards,

Patricia R. Johnson,