Welcome to SPJUSD!


Where all children succeed

Where all children feel safe

And curiosity is cultivated


Appreciating beauty, caring for the environment, as well as each other...

Ultimately understanding, actions make a difference.


Where students apply knowledge to new contexts

with honesty and integrity.



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Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District Schools

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bluegrizzley2CLICK ..Visit Loyalton High School Website

Accommodates students in grades 7-12 from the eastern section of Sierra and Plumas counties. LHS offers seven Advanced Placement courses and several other honors classes, as well as part of its full a-g course offerings for the college-bound student.
* Loyalton High has been recognized as a “Distinguished School”. * Loyalton Middle School was recognized in 1992 by the California Department of Education as a “Distinguished School.
Loyalton High School Daily Bulletin      View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

grizzlycubsCLICK ..Visit Loyalton Elementary School Website

Serves grades K-6. The school is located in the City of Loyalton adjacent to Loyalton High School. Children come from Vinton and Chilcoot in Plumas County, the rural areas of Sierra Valley, and the City of Loyalton.
Loyalton Elementary Daily Bulletin 
      View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

warriorCLICK ..Visit Downieville School Website

A K-12 school, which is located in Downieville, the Sierra County seat, and serves the communities of Downieville, Sierra City, Goodyear’s Bar, and surrounding rural areas. The California Department of Education recognized the High School as a “Distinguished School” and Downieville was recently recognized as a California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School.
Downieville Jr/Sr High School Bulletin 
      View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

Sierra Pass Continuation High School The alternative high school facility in the District, accommodates students in grades 9-12 from the eastern section of Sierra and Plumas counties
View School Accountability Report Cards ~ SARC

It has been said, the most important factors for education are a great location, great teachers, and excellent schools.. WELCOME TO SIERRA COUNTY! 


Mission & Vision Statement


Dr. Merrill Grant, Superintendent

We envision schools where all children succeed, where all children feel safe, and where their curiosity is cultivated. We provide an educational environment that encourages productive, responsible citizens. It is our goal to equip students with the tools to live and to contribute successfully in a rapidly changing world. Our schools offer a challenging, meaningful, and relevant curriculum that values creativity, critical thinking, and effective communication. Our students apply knowledge to new contexts and do so with honesty and integrity. Our students learn to appreciate beauty and care for the environment as well as each other and ultimately understand that their actions make a difference. Read: Mission and Vision ~ Strategic Plan

Sierra Schools FoundationThe Sierra Schools Foundation supports the public schools of Sierra County and the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District.

Introducing Sierra County

girlandboyreadingSierra County lies northeast of Sacramento and borders the State of Nevada on the east. Located in the heart of the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, it contains one-half million acres of forest land, forty-five mountain lakes, and an estimated seven hundred miles of trout streams. The eastern quarter of Plumas County lies within the boundaries of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District, and children from the towns of Vinton and Chilcoot attend school in Loyalton.

Elevations within the District range from 2000 to nearly 9000 feet. Heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures are the general rule during the winter at the higher elevations. Eastern Sierra and Plumas counties include the great Sierra Valley, once an ancient lake bed but now the largest alpine valley in the Sierra Nevada range, a natural area for agricultural, timber production and mineral extraction operations. The western portion of Sierra County is heavily forested, has timber management areas, and contains both lode and placer gold mining operations. Gold was discovered here in 1849, and the area is rich in early California history.

Recreational activities abound including fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, camping, boating, and visits to points of historical interest.

Whats Happening SPJUSD?

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Worm Week!

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Worm Week!

Of course the highlight of the Earth Day Assembly was the dirt pudding desserts! Thank you to the parent volunteers for creating these delicious treats. ... See MoreSee Less

Of course the highlight of the Earth Day Assembly was the dirt pudding desserts! Thank you to the parent volunteers for creating these delicious treats.

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Of course the highlight of the Earth Day Assembly was the dirt pudding desserts!  Thank you to the parent volunteers for creating these delicious treats.

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Learning is Better with Next Generation High-Speed Internet Services. In 2010, Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications accepted a grant to build a 195 mile fiber optic network from Reno, Nevada to Susanville and Quincy, hoping to bring quality internet services to local homes and businesses. PST Broadband Internet is NOW available in Loyalton and Sierra Brooks. If interested, call and fill out the Interest Inventory, or visit PST: http://www.plumassierratelecommunications.com

PST is locally owned and operated.

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Sierra Plumas Joint Unified School District

The Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District serves all of Sierra County and the eastern quarter of Plumas County. The District is governed by a five person Governing Board, each member of which represents a defined geographical area of the District. The District Governing Board also serves as the Sierra County Board of Education.

Whats Happening SPJUSD?

LHS Students Honor Retiring Teachers Janet McHenry and Mark Fisher ... See MoreSee Less

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Miriam DinesBest wishes to Janet McHenry and Mark Fisher! Well done!2 days ago   ·  1
Kathy MorrisCongrats!21 hours ago   ·  1
Virginia RobertsWishing you all the best in your new endeavors and thank you for all you have contributed to our students and community over the years. . .You are both great examples of wonderful, caring human beings.20 hours ago

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Link to the LHS Bulleting. Many, many, many announcements and updates. Please read!
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Good evening everyone, the district is experiencing Email and PowerSchool server difficulties. If you have sent email to our staff over the past couple of days we have been unable to receive or respond. Thank you for your patience as we work to get these issues resolved. If you have pressing matters feel free to contact us via phone. Thank you! ~Mr. Jones ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

Tips to Stop Cyberbullying
Reposted from ConnectSafely.org

Don’t respond. If someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. It gives him or her power over you. Who wants to empower a bully?

Don’t retaliate. Getting back at the bully turns you into one and reinforces the bully’s behavior. Help avoid a whole cycle of aggression.

Save the evidence. The only good news about digital bullying is that the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate.

Talk to a trusted adult. You deserve backup. It’s always good to involve a parent but – if you can’t – a school counselor usually knows how to help. Sometimes both are needed. If you’re really nervous about saying something, see if there’s a way to report the incident anonymously at school.

Block the bully. If the harassment’s coming in the form of instant messages, texts, or profile comments, do yourself a favor: Use preferences or privacy tools to block the person. If it’s in chat, leave the “room.”

Be civil. Even if you don’t like someone, it’s a good idea to be decent and not sink to the other person’s level. Also, research shows that gossiping about and trash talking others increases your risk of being bullied. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Don’t be a bully. How would you feel if someone harassed you? You know the old saying about walking a mile in someone’s shoes; even a few seconds of thinking about how another person might feel can put a big damper on aggression. That’s needed in this world.

Be a friend, not a bystander. Watching or forwarding mean messages empowers bullies and hurts victims even more. If you can, tell bullies to stop or let them know harassment makes people look stupid and mean. It’s time to let bullies know their behavior is unacceptable – cruel abuse of fellow human beings. If you can’t stop the bully, at least try to help the victim and report the behavio
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5 days ago

AT Loyalton’s School Cafeteria