History of Rialto Unified School District
The Rialto Unified School District is located in the San Bernardino Valley and includes the City of Rialto and portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Colton and Fontana. Rialto has an ethnically rich and diverse community. The student population is approximately 72% Latino, 18% African-American, 6% Caucasian, and 4% other groups.
The District is the 35th largest among California’s 1,049 school districts. The District serves more than 27,000 students, preschool through 12th grade. The community with 77% voter approval endorsed a $60 million bond for new facilities and renovation of some older facilities.
An experienced Superintendent and an astute Board of Education lead the District. “Toward a Unified Vision” continues to be a priority for our district with new and different personnel and programs providing enrichment and support to our students, staff and communities. The District’s leadership is committed to promoting continued increased student achievement, fiscal responsibility and solvency, and a safe learning and working environment for all students and staff.
On-going staff development, teacher training, and the recruitment of the most knowledgeable, highly energetic, and committed personnel will promote a model working and learning environment throughout the District. The District continues to implement best instructional practices. The annual “Puttin’ on the Ritz for Rialto” Fine Arts Gala, exclusively highlights the talents of District students. Student performances and artwork are showcased raising more than $100,000 to enhance the visual and performing arts and support classroom teachers.
The City of Rialto lies just north of Interstate 10, and south of Interstate 210, between the cities of San Bernardino and Fontana. Rapid growth during the 1950's and 1960's changed the City from a citrus-growing area to a residential community. Housing in Rialto includes new apartments and homes, which are attractive, modern and affordable. Major shopping malls are located in the surrounding area. The majority of the residents work in nearby cities and areas; however, the City of Rialto maintains a very separate identity and provides the full services expected in a community of approximately 100,000. Cooperation and business relations between the School District and the City Government remain positive and proactive.