Welcome to Corning Union Elementary School District
To those living in the Corning area, Corning is known as the "Olive Capital of the USA," and is located on the busy I-5 corridor that runs the full length of the western United States. Corning is the home to the largest olive processing plant in the United States, Lindsay and Bell-Carter Olive. It is a bustling farming community in the heart of the Northern Valley of California, producing a wide variety of table olives, world-renowned olive oil, walnuts, almonds, rice, figs and prunes. Also raised and produced in the fertile north state are beef cattle, dairies, honey and numerous row crops grown for seed production. Within a short drive's time recreation abounds with rivers, lakes, hiking, camping and fishing, numerous national parks as well as being in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and big cities.
The territory of the District is located in the southern part of Tehama County and includes the City of Corning and adjacent unincorporated areas. The City is situated about 115 miles north of Sacramento, the Sate Capital, and about 15 miles south of Red Bluff, the County seat and home of the world famous Red Bluff Round-up. Population for the City of Corning is approximately 8,000. Corning Elementary is one of the top three major employers for the Corning area.
Formed in 1888, Corning Union Elementary School District encompasses 170 square miles in Tehama County and borders Glenn County to the south. The District underwent a reconfiguration of grades beginning with the 2004/2005 school year, creating four-neighborhood kindergarten through fifth grade schools and one middle school. A few years later, after a year-long study that included staff, administrators, community members and a County Office of Education facilitator, the Board recommended moving 6th grade back to the elementary level creating three kindergarten through sixth grade elementary schools, as well as creating one kindergarten through eighth grade school and one middle school with grades seven and eight.
West Street Elementary is the site of the first elementary school in Corning as well as it's namesake from 1888. Home of the "Honey Bees, " West Street has continued to grow and currently serves approximately 350 students kindergarten through sixth grade. This school campus buzzes with quality programs that enhance student learning.
Olive View School, the largest of our neighborhood schools also houses kindergarten through sixth grade students. The school's mascot is the Eagle! These students soar academically and have an eagle eye focus on continuous improvement and results as demonstrated by their API increases over the last several years. Students enjoy two computer labs, a recently remodeled library and a new gymnasium complete with a stage and sound system for school and community performances.
Rancho Tehama Elementary, home to the Rancho Raccoons, sits on the Rancho Tehama Reserve, nestled in the foothills 25 miles west of Corning. The smallest of our neighborhood schools with 100 students, Rancho Tehama Elementary houses kindergarten through fifth grade in combination classrooms with grade six attending Tehama County's first STEM School - Da Vinci Academy of Arts and Science, and grades seven and eight coming to Corning to attend Maywood Middle School.
Woodson Elementary, the District's newest school, was built in 2004 and is the District's second largest neighborhood school with 600 students. Woodson is also the only school in the District to have grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Woodson continues to grow, and in 2015 was able to install four new classrooms.
Maywood Middle School, known as the Cougars, is Corning Elementary's only school to serve middle school age students exclusively with the current student body consisting of approximately 320 seventh and eighth grade students. Maywood offers numerous electives, art classes, full science labs, and PE in a state-of-the-art gymnasium which is also available for community functions. Volleyball, basketball, track and soccer are some of the intramural sports enjoyed by the students. Seventh and eighth grade students attending Woodson are also able to participate in these sports. Maywood hosts a yearly basketball and volleyball tournament and also travels to neighboring towns for games after school and on weekends. Electronic white boards were installed in select classrooms at Maywood as part of an EETT grant for teaching in Math. However, technology plays a large role in all the schools throughout the District, with over 2000 Chrome Books available for classroom use, and each teacher is equipped with a Surface computer. Every classroom has a ceiling mounted projector and an Elmo (document camera).
Da Vinci Academy of Arts & Sciences, Tehama County's first STEM School is a "school within a school." Da Vinci started in the 2016-2017 school year with 120 sixth grade students from throughout the District. All students were offered the opportunity to attend and the first 120 students to apply were accepted, due to limited seating. However, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Da Vinci will be expanding as the District will be removing fifteen portable buildings currently on the Maywood School campus and replacing them with fifteen Gen7 permanent classrooms. The newly expanded Da Vinci Academy will continue to focus on science, art, technology and engineering as the first-year sixth grade students become the first-year seventh grade and a new group of sixth grade students enter.
The District also operates a community day school, Columbia Academy. A small and intimate setting, Columbia Academy is a place for students to develop self-confidence, personal management skills and interpersonal skills.
All schools in the District have full computer labs and libraries and a District wide music program. Band members in grades six, seven and eight also have the opportunity to participate in the District marching band, marching for several local parades. Corning Elementary feels field trips are an integral part of education as well, and students have enjoyed field trips to Chico State University, Shasta Caverns, the State Capitol, and the Sacramento River Discovery Center. All sixth grade students enjoy a four-day, three-night science field trip at the Shady Creek Outdoor Science Camp.
We are pleased to be able to offer counseling services, special education, speech pathology and a Registered District Nurse. The needs of special education students are being met through both Special Day Class and Resource Specialist programs. The District's schools have seen a steady increase in test scores and have earned the reputation for high academic standards, safe, well-disciplined campuses, and a school environment that is conducive to learning and parent participation. Corning Union Elementary School District ~ "Preparing Students For Their Future!"