Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District Schools

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 
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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 
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What is PI? Program Improvement (PI)

(NCLB) No Child Left Behind requires the state and district to review annually the academic progress of federally funded Title I schools and to identify schools in need of improvement. These schools are identified as PI schools after two consecutive years of not making adequate yearly progress (AYP).

Loyalton Elementary and Loyalton Middle School have been identified as a Year 2 Program Improvement (PI) school under the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.   This is a link to a letter that was sent out to all parents who’s children attend these schools explaining options and the progress of the status of (PI).


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
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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 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.

GAMUT ONLINE / School District Policies

If you are interested in viewing the Sierra Plumas Unified School District Policies and Regulations please follow the instructions: You may access GAMUT Online by going to Once on the site, click “GO” in the middle of the page. When prompted enter the following information: Username: sierraplumas Password: public96126  Once logged in, please select “S” and then click on Sierra Plumas Joint USD.  

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.

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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.

Link to: Back To School Packets:

Mission-Vision Statement
SPJUSD Bus Schedule 2014
2014-2015 School Calendar
Diabetes CDE
Student Insurance
UC CSU Admissions Requirements
Notice of Pesticide Use

Whats Happening SPJUSD?

Happy Socktober!! Our Friday Night Live Club is collecting new or socks in very good condition. We will be taking the donated socks to the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission on October 25th. They will distribute the socks to the homeless at an event that they are having on the 26th. Please help us out by dropping socks off at LHS or by donating them to your favorite class. There is a class competition between grades. Please open your hearts as the weather starts to cool off! Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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31 Girls from our District attended the Expanding Your Horizons STEM Conference at CSU Sacramento. The girls heard motivational speakers from the STEM fields and had hands on workshops, lunch and met girls from Northern California. Thank you to the District and the Sierra Schools Foundation for providing funding for the conference and bus. Kim McKinney, Stacey Hood and Sue Gressel were chaperones. Our driver, Toribio Ramirez, did a wonderful job getting us there safely and had a great sense of humor! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School DistrictZaya had an amazing time! Thanks for providing the opportunity!1 week ago   ·  1

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Quinceañera for Loyalton High School student. Whole school invited and Ms. Stock served up some cake. Adriana must be proud, and worn out from making all those cakes!

Need to clarify.. Adriana is our Quinceañera Sweetheart's "Tía", on the right.
Mom is on the left. Adriana has served our schools well, and many of her family members have graced our schools.

(Currently SPJUSD prefers to secure the privacy and identity of children online.. and not include names) (3 photos)
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Sharon DrydenONe more thing that I love about a small school! How many girls get to invite their whole school?!2 weeks ago   ·  3
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School DistrictYou are absolutely right Sharon Dryden, SPJUSD Board of Education Member. We love our kids, and we know each one.2 weeks ago
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School DistrictNeed to clarify.. Adriana is our Quinceañera Sweetheart's "Tía", on the right, Mom is on the left. Adriana has served our schools well, and many of her family members have graced our schools. (Currently SPJUSD prefers to secure the privacy and identity of children online.. and not include names)2 weeks ago

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