Education and job training are foundational elements of a healthy city and region. Our educational institutions establish critical thinking skills, social accountability, and the means for financial independence, and lifelong learning and training opportunities ensure that our workforce can succeed and adapt to changes in the economy.
Elementary and Secondary Education
Yucaipa’s residents are served by the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. The district presently comprises six elementary schools, two middle schools (grades 7–8); one high school campus (grades 9–12), one dependent charter school (grades K–8), a continuation high school (grades 9–12), a special education success program (grades K–12), and an adult continuing education program. The City is also home to several charter schools, including the Inland Leaders Charter School and Competitive Edge Charter School. Yucaipa’s ability to equip youth with the foundation for independence, higher education, and a career starts at school. The Academic Performance Index (API) is a state assessment of educational performance in California schools. API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with a state goal of 800. As of 2012, three of Yucaipa’s elementary schools exceed the state target, and two others scored within 5 percent of the target. Compared to all California schools, the majority of local schools rank in the 50–70th percentile, with the exception of Ridgeview Elementary and charter schools, which rank in the 80–90th percentile.
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is used to assess a district’s or school’s academic performance. Local schools meet AYP goals in API scores, but the scores are uneven in different subject areas. All students in the district meet or exceed the state average in three of four subjects (English/language arts, science, history-social science, and math). Yucaipa’s High School graduates 94 percent of its students, exceeding the California average of 85 percent, and 30 percent of graduates go on to attend public and private colleges in California. The high school is also known regionally for its multiple career-pathway program.
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District offers an adult school that is dedicated to building an educational foundation to meet the needs and demands of a growing community; provide a safe and supportive lifelong learning environment; and facilitate the development and attainment of academic, personal, vocational, and professional goals. It is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The adult school offers individual and computer-assisted instruction to help students obtain a high school diploma or GED. Yucaipa Adult School also offers a variety of classes and programs, including art classes, effective parenting classes, traffic violator classes, and English literacy classes.
Yucaipa is home to Crafton Hills College (CHC), one of California’s 112 community colleges, which serves 5,200 students in 37 degree programs and 35 occupational certificate plans. CHC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. CHC’s vision is to become the premier community college for public safety, health services careers, and transfer preparation. In 2002, Measure P granted $190 million to Crafton Hills and San Bernardino Valley Colleges to improve facilities and accommodate a 75 percent increase in enrollment by 2025. CHC’s master plan has resulted in a new learning resource center, recreation facility, and infrastructure. In 2014 Brandman University will offer bachelors and master degrees at its CHC satellite campus.
Yucaipa is served by several quality libraries and resource centers. Crafton Hills College’s new central Learning Resource Center Library provides a central location for all of the campus’s learning resources outside the classroom including the library, student tutoring, and the faculty teaching and learning center. Its gallery, auditorium, and multipurpose room also serve as a meeting place for campus and community programs. The City is home to the Yucaipa Public Library, a branch of the San Bernardino County library system. It offers a range of programs, including the Teen Café—a supervised drop-in center and program. The Yucaipa Valley Historical Society and four local museums provide a library of resources documenting the history of Yucaipa and the region.