MILPITAS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Milpitas Unified School District takes great pride in its multiculturalism, with 52 languages spoken among a diverse enrollment of more than 10,170 students who live within the City of Milpitas. MUSD offers 18 different programs, with 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 child development centers, 1 comprehensive high school, 1 continuation high school, 1 San Jose City College Extension Program, and 1 Adult Education school. This includes 8 California Distinguished Schools, 6 State Honor Roll Schools, 1 World Language School, 1 State Model Continuation School, and 1 National Middle Schools To Watch. With an annual operating budget of more than $122M, the unified school district (pre-K through 12th grade and beyond) staffs nearly 950 employees, including more than 460 teachers. An inclusive “Culture of WE” mantra drives us to honor our vast diversity by providing multiple paths for success via Academic, World Languages, Vocational, Athletic, Musical, Artistic, Entrepreneurial, Apprenticeship, and International Business Paths for students. MUSD is home to the two-time California Interscholastic Federation State Champion Milpitas High School Varsity Football Team.
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Milpitas, California 95035
United States of America
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History of the Milpitas Unified School District
The Milpitas Unified School District is located in the City of Milpitas, California. The City of Milpitas is situated in the northeastern corner of the world famous Silicon Valley. The City is nestled between San Jose in the south and Fremont in the north.
The Early History
The Milpitas Grammar School on Main Street (now part of the City of Milpitas Library) served the educational needs of the majority of citizens of Milpitas from about 1912 to 1956. Prior to 1912, Milpitas children received their education from three different schoolhouses – Air Point School, The Calaveras School, and a schoolhouse built and shared by the Presbyterian Church,
The Growth Period
In March 1956, the District welcomed Joseph Weller Elementary School for its first school. Weller Elementary School was originally Sunnyhills Elementary School. It was followed by
Anthony Spangler Elementary School, formally called Milpitas Elementary School, which opened in September 1956. In March 1959 Alexander Rose Elementary School, formerly known as Milford Village School, opened followed by Thomas Russell Middle School, which opened its doors in October 1961.
Gertude Abel Elementary School opened in January 1962, followed by William Burnett Elementary School in September 1963 and Curtner Elementary School in April 1964. In 1965, Robert Randall Elementary School opened and was named after the District’s first Superintendent, Robert Randall who passed away at the very young age of 39. Martin Murphy Elementary School was next to open in November 1966, followed by Marshall Pomeroy Elementary and Rancho Milpitas Middle School, which both opened in November 1967. The last three schools to open were John Sinnott Elementary School in 1968, Pearl Zanker Elementary School in September 1969, and Mabel Mattos, most recently, in August 2018.
In December 1968, the community voted for unification, making the schools a part of the Milpitas Unified School District. It included Samuel Ayer High School, which was built in September 1956 and Milpitas High School which was built in 1970. Air Point School was incorporated into the District, The school, which was originally built in 1903, was rebuilt and re-opened in 1966.
Abel Elementary School was eventually closed in 1978, and Murphy Elementary School was closed in 1983. Both of these school sites are currently being leased by the District. Samuel Ayer High School was closed in 1980. The District’s Community Day School occupied the Air Point site until June 2009. The site is now leased to the Milpitas Fire Department.
The Modern Era
Milpitas Unified is a growing early childhood through adult education award-winning school district with high academic standards and an innovative learning environment. The student population of more than 10,200 is rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, with more than 50 different languages and dialects spoken. The student ethnic distribution is 50% Asian, 20% Hispanic, 17% Filipino, 5% White, 2% Black, and 6% other.
The District is comprised of 10 elementary schools (Burnett, Curtner, Mattos, Pomeroy, Randall, Rose, Sinnott, Spangler, Weller, and Zanker), two middle schools (Rancho and Russell), and one comprehensive high school (Milpitas High School) a continuation high school (Calaveras Hills High School), a college extension school (Milpitas Middle College High School), a Child Development Center (Rose Center and Sunnyhills Center), and Adult Education facilities at Ayer and Santa Clara County Dept. of Corrections.
It has an annual budget of approximately $126 million in the general fund and $145 million districtwide, and nearly 941 employees.
Milpitas Unified School District is a high performing school district. The new California School Dashboard provides parents and educators with meaningful information on school and district progress so we can participate in decisions to improve student learning. Based on a color system, with blue being the highest and going down from yellow to orange to red, Milpitas Unified is in the blue zone for its graduation rate and English language arts scores, not falling far behind, in green, with college/career and mathematics. There are orange and red areas in chronic absenteeism and suspensions. To take a deeper dive of the data, visit the website here.