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The Amador County Unified School District and the County's Office of Education serve over 4,700 students in grades K-12. The District consists of three high schools (including a continuation/alternative school), two junior high schools and six elementary schools on seven sites.

Test scores are typically well above the California state averages. In addition, five of the District's elementary schools qualified for California Distinguished School Status in 2002-03.

The schools' sports programs enjoy strong community support. In fact, among a number of league champions in various sports, the Amador High boy's basketball team won the San Joaquin Sectional title in 2002 and 2003, advancing to the Northern California championships.
Here are some other notes of interest about the Amador School system:

The award-winning Mother Lode Drama Festival at Amador High School has attracted high schools from around the state for original performances. Teacher Giles Turner and his students put on the event each April.

High School students can earn a Block Letter for community service and academics as well as for athletics.

There are annual county events for student participation in visual arts, speech and debate, mathematics, chess, creative writing and spelling.

In addition to "traditional" athletics (football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, track & field, tennis, wrestling and volleyball), the high schools receive additional community and school/district support for competitive teams in swimming, ski/snowboard, cross country and golf.

There are several unique school-community/business partnerships within Amador County in areas such as health services, law (Teen Court), leadership (student summits and workshops), communications (television, newspaper and radio), agriculture, and work experience. There is also a nationally-acclaimed boat-building program at one of the junior high schools.

Each year the community and service organizations contribute $200,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors (250 in 2003) from Amador, Argonaut and Independence High Schools.

In 2003 another $300,000 in scholarships was awarded by colleges and local organizations to seniors.

The County Office of Education offers a State Preschool program in Jackson, Ione, Pioneer and Plymouth; an Extended Learning Program (after school care/tutoring) at each Elementary school site; and a comprehensive Special Education program.

For more information on the Amador County Unified School District, please visit their website at

Thanks to Elli Schneider of the ACUSD Superintendent's Office for the above information.

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