Historical Photo of Salem St. School

Chico's first public school dates back to 1865; Salem Street School opened with a temporary roof and wooden floors. An entire public school system grew from these first humble beginnings.


In 1965, a special election was called and Chico Unified School District was formed.

Since its inception, Chico Unified School District has grown to encompass 18 schools with over 12,000 students and is comprised of many unique programs such as: preschool, transitional kindergarten (TK), continuation school, community day school, independent study program, Career and Technical Education programs (CTE), special services and an online academy.

Old CUSD Logo
Photo of Recology Campus Improvement Day

We value our community partners and all of Chico for making public education a priority.