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Welcome to AVUSD!   We believe that parent/guardian participation is key to student success.  We value your commitment and partnership in sending your students to school each and everyday!  If you can not find what you are looking for on this site, please contact our site offices:
ELEMENTARY:  707-895-3010
JR./SR. HIGH:  707-895-3496
Two children riding a play car in the AV Education Foundation\'s 4th of July event

Superintendent’s Message

I am delighted to join the Anderson Valley Unified School District, the proud home of the Panthers! I come to AVUSD with over fifteen years of experience in school administration and a passion for igniting student learning. Thank you to those I have already met for the warm welcome!
Please also welcome Alyson McKay, principal of Anderson Valley Elementary School, and Heath McNerney, principal of Anderson Valley Jr-Sr High School. Our administrative team is thrilled to work alongside our students, staff, and community members as we build upon our district’s history of excellence.
Anderson Valley welcomes students from preschool through 12th grade and beyond in a two campus system nestled in the heart of one of the most beautiful valleys in Mendocino County. Our district features small classes and committed families and staff partnering to create educational opportunities for our students.  The local Anderson Valley Education Foundation is an integral part of our students' experience providing funding for incredible internships, travel, and field trip events and $400,000 in LOCAL scholarships shared by a senior graduating class of 20-40 students.  That doesn't happen in other places...  Join us and see all that your student can be...We welcome transfers.
A $13 million dollar bond was  passed and construction is currently underway at the Jr-Sr High School. Additionally, we received a $4.7 million dollar grant from Clean California / Caltrans for an all-weather track and soccer / football field for our school community. We are deeply grateful for the support of the local community and to former superintendent, Louise Simson, who has been the driving force behind the myriad improvements to our facilities. The best is yet to come!
We look forward to serving you!
Kristin Larson Balliet

News & Announcements

Class of 2024

Graduation Ceremonies a Success!

Family and friends celebrated 6th and 8th grade promotion ceremonies and high school graduation with festive style! All the best to our Class of 2024!
Day of the Child

Day of the Child!

Peachland Preschool celebrated Day of the Child with friends and family! A magical day!
Elementary Student of the Month!

AVES Student of the Month

AVES students were celebrated with special staff recognition in the Student of the Month celebrations!
Students Travel to Puerto Rico


Under the direction of Miss Cook and chaperones, students enjoyed an amazing experiential learning trip in Puerto Rico during Spring Break generously supported by The Anderson Valley Education Foundation and other generous donors!
Student Coordinator Photo


Congratulations to Anahi Anguiano and Marissa Alvarez on their stunning Senior Project created in collaboration with CHP, Anderson Valley Fire and Ambulance, CALSTAR, Lucky Deuce and numerous other life/safety agencies!
Mendo Lake Speech Contest

Mendo Lake FFA Speech Competition!

Anderson Vally FFA had a great day at the Mendo-Lake FFA Section Speaking Contests at Me docino College.
Adolfo placed 5th in the Spanish Creed Speaking Contest! Anthony Fashauer placed 5th in Prepared Public Speaking! Emilia Bennett placed 4th in the Job Interview Contest! Zoe Bennett placed 2nd in English Creed Speaking Contest! Both Emilia and Zoe will be moving on to the North Coast Regional Contests in early March!
Congratulations everyone!
Winter Camp Dance

Winter Camp at AVES

Students attending the four-day session enjoyed winter-themed academics, gingerbread making, soccer camp, science and math activities, and much more!  The free camps offered additional after care at no charge to the families.
Sweet Tamale Making

Preschool Makes Sweet Tamales

Students created a special dinner of sweet tamales and hot chocolate to celebrate with their families during a magical holiday evening event of crafts and love! More than 20 families attended with their little ones! Thank you teachers Anita and Lupita!