Our History

  • RUSD ϳԹ House Rialto ϳԹ District boasts a diverse population of approximately 25,500 ϳԹ. With more than 2,700 district employees, the RUSD is the largest employer in the City of Rialto. Presently, the District has 3 comprehensive high schools, one alternative/adult ϳԹ school, one continuation high school, 5 middle schools, 19 elementary schools and 20 preschools (on elementary campuses) in the cities encompassing Rialto, including parts of Colton, San Bernardino, Fontana, Bloomington and Lytle Creek. On September 21, 2017, RUSD celebrated its 125th Birthday.

    The Brooks ϳԹ District was formed in 1886. The first school was built in 1888. On April 9, 1891, the Rialto ϳԹ District was formed out of a part of the Brooks District due to massive growth in the area. By 1906, the schools were crowded and a Bond Election was held to build an eight-room schoolhouse.

    The bonds were approved by a vote of 52-14 and the new schoolhouse was first occupied in 1907. In the 1920s Rialto Elementary ϳԹ District included grades first through eighth. Students of high school age attended the San Bernardino High ϳԹ District. In 1924, Rialto Junior (now Middle) High ϳԹ was built at 324 N. Palm Avenue. The name changed to Rialto Middle ϳԹ and in 2009, the school was relocated to 1262 W. Rialto Avenue in Rialto. What was once called the ‘old’ Rialto Middle ϳԹ, in 2010, under the leadership of the RUSD Board of Education, became the Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Center for Education.

    Mrs. Huerta attended the dedication of the building which offers staff and parental support, along with numerous ϳԹal functions. On July 1, 1964, the school district officially ‘Unified.’ Eisenhower High ϳԹ and Rialto Junior High (now Middle) ϳԹ became a part of the new Rialto ϳԹ District. During the 1960s, through the 1980s, 1990s, and into 2000s, RUSD continued its growth and added 16 more schools. Orange groves were replaced by mass development, various tract homes, and retail stores.

    Population/demographics changed drastically as more Latinos and African-American residents enriched the City. The District, through a bond that passed in 1999, opened Wilmer Amina Carter High ϳԹ. In September 2004, RUSD’s 28th school (and 18th elementary school) Charlotte N. Werner Elementary ϳԹ opened. In August 2010, the District opened Nancy R. Kordyak Elementary ϳԹ in the City of Fontana. On January 12, 2011, under the leadership of the RUSD Board of Education, the District Education Center was renamed the Dr. John R. Kazalunas Education Center. In 2013, the Board of Education renamed the Parent Center, the Curtis T. Winton Parent Center, located at the Chavez/Huerta Education Center located at 324 N. Palm Avenue in Rialto.

    To learn more about the people behind the names of our schools please click here to view our Namesake Retrospective

Our District

RUSD Honors
  • Academic Achievements 

    The RUSD is comprised of a strong community of educators who work together to not only meet rigorous State-mandated requirements, but also to meet the higher levels of ϳԹ expected by RUSD parents/guardians on a daily basis. Through the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) parents and the school district work together for the success of our ϳԹ. Below are some ϳԹal highlights:

    • Strong parent/guardian support programs and ϳԹal resources 
    • 100% ‘Highly’ Qualified Teachers
    • All RUSD schools recognized by California’s PBIS Coalition in 2020
    • Trapp Elementary ϳԹ earned back-to-back California Distinguished ϳԹs Honor
    • Eight schools earn 2020-2021 Green Ribbon ϳԹs award: 
      • Gold (3): Morris Elementary ϳԹ, Jehue Middle ϳԹ, Rialto Middle ϳԹ, Milor High ϳԹ
      • Silver (4): Kelley Elementary ϳԹ, Kordyak Elementary ϳԹ, Trapp Elementary ϳԹ
      • Bronze (1): Eisenhower High ϳԹ
    • High ϳԹ graduation rates increased from 2018-19 to 2019-20
      • 7.25% increase in Graduation Rate for English Learners from 2018-19 to 2019-20
    • Students read 1,783,509,755 words through Footsteps 2 Brilliance
    • Completed the eligibility process for ϳԹ to qualify for the Seal of Bi-literacy
    • 2021 marked the fifth year of student/staff recognition for San Bernardino County Multilingual Awards
    • Graciela Gallardo, a 3rd-grade teacher at Kelley Elementary, was awarded 2021 State CABE Teacher of the Year
    • 2021 Jehue Middle ϳԹ named AVID ϳԹwide Site of Distinction
    • All high schools are accredited by the Western Association of ϳԹs and Colleges (WASC)
    • All schools offer Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Honors & Advanced Placement classes
    • Supporting student emotional needs with Wellness Centers opening across the RUSD
    • 2019 STATE ϳԹ Attendance Review Board (SARB) Recognition for outstanding strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase student attendance.

    2020 RUSD Superintendent Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila named Association of California ϳԹ Administrators, Region 12, “Superintendent of the Year” 

    County ϳԹs' Best Fine Arts 

    RUSD promotes countless school theatre and band programs taught by trained instructors and the District Music Festival. In April, the District hosts the San Bernardino County ϳԹs’ Medal of Honor Recipient, Puttin’ on the Ritz Fine Arts Student Gala, annually, which has raised more than $450,000 in grants for RUSD ϳԹ.