The Oroville Union High School District is located in the rural north valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills, about seventy miles north of Sacramento. The district encompasses 723 miles of eastern Butte County. The district has two comprehensive high schools, one continuation school, one community day school and one adult education school. The Butte-Glenn Community College and California State University, Chico are located approximately 25 miles from Oroville.
Oroville is the Butte County seat and the primary source of income for the city's population of 15,563 residents (55,000 in the greater Oroville area). Other significant sources of income are agriculture, light manufacturing, tourism, retail trade services, transportation, public utilities, construction, finance, government and public administration. The 2009 median household income in the city was $38,824.
Comprehensive High Schools
Oroville High School was founded in 1892 and is the oldest high school in the district. The eighteen-acre campus has fifty-five classrooms and seven computer labs, which are all connected to the Internet. The building has seen several upgrades over its many years in existence. Bond Measure, J, which passed in 2002, provided monies for a new science building, industrial technology building and library and modernization of the gymnasium. Most recently, Oroville High added new baseball and softball fields. Oroville High School employs 3 administrators and nearly 75 staff members. There are approximately 1100 students enrolled at the school.
Las Plumas High School was established in 1960 as the second comprehensive high school to alleviate overcrowding at Oroville High School. The sixty-four acre campus is the largest school in the district. The original buildings have been supplemented during growth phases by 40 portables. Bond Measure J, which passed in 2002, provided the monies for the new gymnasium, agricultural science lab and classrooms, fine arts complex and modernization of the existing classrooms. Las Plumas High School is supervised by 3 administrators and employs nearly 100 staff members. There are approximately 1200 students enrolled at the school.
Both campuses offer a traditional high school time schedule. The Monday schedule has six periods of class time (50 minutes each) followed by collaboration time for teachers. The Tuesday through Friday schedule has six periods of class time (57 minutes each) and a consultation period from 12:06 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. to provide time for students to receive extra help from their teachers. The consultation periods are also used to hold meetings for Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), Section 504 Plans and Student Study Teams (SST’s).
Prospect High School was founded in 1969 as the continuation program for the district. The school serves approximately 110 students who are credit deficient or in need of a smaller school environment. The school was chosen by the State of California as a Model School in 1994 and in 2000. Prospect High School has a principal that serves the entire alternative education program, 7 certificated teachers, a part-time counselor and 5 classified employees. Prospect also houses an Early Head Start center for teen parents.
Community Day School
The OUHSD Community Day School was founded in 1999. The school serves approximately 30 students who have been referred there by expulsion, probation placement or truancy referral. The restrictive environment offers an educational option for students with high expectations, whether the student is performing at or above grade level, or in need or remediation in one or more academic areas. Community Day School has a principal that serves the entire alternative education program, 2 certificated teachers and 3 classified employees.
Oroville Adult Education Career and Technical Center serves approximately 2,000 youths and adults annually with academic and vocational programs. Academic programs include High School Diploma, General Education Diploma (GED) preparation, computer applications, job readiness, English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), independent study and Career Exploration. Vocational Certification programs include Office Technology and Accounting. Medical certification programs include Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).