Our History

  • RUSD 㽶Ƶ House Rialto 㽶Ƶ District boasts a diverse population of approximately 25,500 㽶Ƶ. 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 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ District was formed in 1886. The first school was built in 1888. On April 9, 1891, the Rialto 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ District included grades first through eighth. Students of high school age attended the San Bernardino High 㽶Ƶ District. In 1924, Rialto Junior (now Middle) High 㽶Ƶ was built at 324 N. Palm Avenue. The name changed to Rialto Middle 㽶Ƶ and in 2009, the school was relocated to 1262 W. Rialto Avenue in Rialto. What was once called the ‘old’ Rialto Middle 㽶Ƶ, 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 㽶Ƶal functions. On July 1, 1964, the school district officially ‘Unified.’ Eisenhower High 㽶Ƶ and Rialto Junior High (now Middle) 㽶Ƶ became a part of the new Rialto 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ. In September 2004, RUSD’s 28th school (and 18th elementary school) Charlotte N. Werner Elementary 㽶Ƶ opened. In August 2010, the District opened Nancy R. Kordyak Elementary 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ. Below are some 㽶Ƶal highlights:

    • Strong parent/guardian support programs and 㽶Ƶal resources 
    • 100% ‘Highly’ Qualified Teachers
    • All RUSD schools recognized by California’s PBIS Coalition in 2020
    • Trapp Elementary 㽶Ƶ earned back-to-back California Distinguished 㽶Ƶs Honor
    • Eight schools earn 2020-2021 Green Ribbon 㽶Ƶs award: 
      • Gold (3): Morris Elementary 㽶Ƶ, Jehue Middle 㽶Ƶ, Rialto Middle 㽶Ƶ, Milor High 㽶Ƶ
      • Silver (4): Kelley Elementary 㽶Ƶ, Kordyak Elementary 㽶Ƶ, Trapp Elementary 㽶Ƶ
      • Bronze (1): Eisenhower High 㽶Ƶ
    • High 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ named AVID 㽶Ƶwide Site of Distinction
    • All high schools are accredited by the Western Association of 㽶Ƶs 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 㽶Ƶ 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 㽶Ƶ Administrators, Region 12, “Superintendent of the Year” 

    County 㽶Ƶs' 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 㽶Ƶs’ Medal of Honor Recipient, Puttin’ on the Ritz Fine Arts Student Gala, annually, which has raised more than $450,000 in grants for RUSD 㽶Ƶ.