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Elementary Schools

There are three school districts that serve the elementary level (K-8) El Centro Elementary, McCabe Union Elementary School District and Meadows Union Elementary School District.

The El Centro Elementary School District offers a comprehensive educational program for approximately 7,290 students at eight elementary schools, one middle school and one junior high school and one K-8 Magnet school. The District has numerous award-wining schools and has won the 2009 Distinguished School Award and the Title 1 Achievement Award from the California Department of Education. The district is well known throughout the nation for its award-winning science and mathematics programs, with some of the highest performing schools in the county. The district has a comprehensive music program with its award-winning band, choral and orchestra program. In 2010, elementary schools began offering an expanded day Arts and Science Enrichment Academy. ESESD also offers a Home School Academy for student in the home schooling programs. The district is governed by a five-member board of education and employs approx. 282 certified and 252 classified staff.

High Schools

The Central Union High School District enrolls approximately 4,000 students in two comprehensive high schools and one alternative education school. Both schools are currently California Distinguished Schools and student accomplishment, as measured by California Standards Tests and the California High School Exit Exam, meets or exceeds the state average. Nearly 1,000 different adults receive services annually from the district’s adult school. All district schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The mission of Central Union School Districts is to provide an educational environment in which students feel safe, secure and unlimited in pursuing learning experiences to their maximum potential. The curriculum offerings in the district conform to the state guidelines, standards-based curriculum and the University of California A-G requirements. A full range of Advanced Placement and college prep courses are offered. College-bound students go on to prestigious universities like Harvard and Stanford, as well as major state universities in the UC and CSU systems. The District offers a wide range of career-technical programs including a NATEF-certified auto program. There is a variety of co-and extracurricular activities both on and off the campuses, and students receive annual recognition for their accomplishments in Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon and robotics competitions. The district supports strong orchestra and instrumental music programs; and each comprehensive school has a unique academy focusing on the performing arts or legal services.

Charter Schools

El Cento is also home to two charter schools: Ballington Academy for the Arts & Science and Imagine School.

Ballington Academy for the Arts & Sciences is committed to properly preparing children with a solid foundation of academic excellence and an appreciation of the power and importance of the arts and sciences. The educational model created for Ballington Academy has a strong foundation of quality teachers, quality curriculum, strong educational ideology and rigorous academic learning environment.

Imagine School at Imperial Valley opened its doors in 2010 to serve students in the Imperial Valley communities. This specialized dual-language immersion program enables students to learn English and Spanish. Students learn a new language while maintaining their primary language. In addition to an emphasis on character education, the school uses individualized strategies to help students reach and exceed state standards.


Opportunities to attend college are available through Imperial Valley College, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus, and University of Phoenix. Various occupational training programs are also available.

Imperial Valley College (IVC) is a public, comprehensive, two-year community college. The college provides lower division transfer, career technical and basic skills education to prepare students to succeed in college. IVC has a rich curriculum, offering over 900 different courses in 57 programs of study ranging from administration of justice to welding technology. In the fall of 2012, Imperial Valley College- in partnership with San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus and the Imperial County of Education- launched the Imperial Valley University Partnership, a full bachelor’s degree program that allows students to complete their lower division study through a combination of IVC and SDSU coursework. The Imperial Valley College campus is located on a 160-acre site at the intersection of Highway 111 and Aten Rd., in Imperial. This location is in the heart of Imperial County and is within reasonable commuting distance of all the cities in the Valley. Student enrollment is about 8,000.

San Diego State University (SDSU) Imperial Valley Campus serves the desert area of southeastern California by offering two-year upper-division coursed for a number of undergraduate programs. It is accredited as an integral division of SDSU and operated under the same academic calendar. Established in 1959 by an act of the State legislature, campuses are located in Calexico and Brawley. The campuses offer the last two years of undergraduate education, graduate programs and fifth-year credential programs for Teacher preparation. The Calexico campus is situated on an eight-acre site in the heart of the city, just six blocks from the Mexican border. The Brawley campus is located 24 miles north of the Calexico site and is surrounded by rich, agricultural fields. SDSU-Imperial Valley has the lowest fees in California. Courses are primarily scheduled in the afternoon and evening, providing working adults more opportunities to pursue a university education. Undergraduate students pursue studies in 13 different fields. The campus has a nationally acclaimed teacher education program and master’s programs in four areas.

El Centro School Districts
Imperial County Office of Education
1398 Sperber Rd.
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 312-6464

Central Union High School District Office

Administrative Office

351 Ross Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 336-4500

El Centro Elementary School District

Administrative Office

1256 Broadway

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-5712

McCabe Union School District

Administrative Office

701 W. McCabe Rd.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-5443

Meadows Union Elementary School District

2059 Bowker Rd.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-7512

Other Schools and Districts

Seeley Union Elementary School District

1812 W. Rio Vista

Seeley, CA 92273

(760) 352-3571

Heber Elementary School District

1052 Heber Ave.

Heber, CA 92249

(760) 337-6530

Imperial County Center for

Exceptional Children

1150 N. Imperial Ave.

El Centro CA, 92243

(760) 337-1070

El Centro Public Schools (K-12)

DeAnza Magnet School

1530 S. Waterman Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-9811

Corfman School

701 W. McCabe Rd.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 355-5200

Desert Garden School

1900 S. 6th St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-2051

Harding School

950 7th St. —

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-4791

Margaret Hedrick School

550 S. Waterman Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-4750

McCabe Union

Elementary School

701 McCabe Rd.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-5443

Kennedy Middle School

900 N. 6th St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-0444

Lincoln School

200 N. 12th St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-3060

Martin Luther King Jr. School

1950 Villa Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 337-6555

McKinley School

1177 N. 8th St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-3225

Sunflower Elementary School

2450 Main St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 337-4890

Washington School

223 S. 1st St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-6611

Junior High Schools

Wilson Junior High School

600 S. Wilson St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 352-5341

High Schools

Southwest High School

2001 Ocotillo Dr.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 336-4100

Central Union High School

1001 Brighton Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 336-4300

Desert Oasis High School

1302 S. 3rd St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 336-4500

Charter Schools

Ballington Academy for the Arts & Science

1525 W. Main St.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 353-0140

Imagine Schools

1150 N. Imperial Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 335-3603

Private Schools

Christ Community School

585 W. Orange Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 337-9444

St. Mary’s Catholic School (K-8)

700 S. Waterman Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 353-8260

Colleges & Universities

Imperial Valley College

380 E. Aten Rd.

Imperial, CA 92251

(760) 355-8320

Imperial Valley College External

Campus (Calexico)

1501 W. Imperial Ave.

Calexico, CA 92231

(760) 786-9740

San Diego State

University I.V. Campus

720 Heber Ave.

Calexico, CA 92231

(760) 768-5500

San Diego State University I.V.

Campus (Brawley)

560 E. Highway 78

Brawley, CA 92227

(760) 351-0806

University of Phoenix

El Centro Learning Center

3095 N. Imperial Ave.

El Centro, CA 92243

(760) 355-1190

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