WUSD at a Glance

Waterford USD is located in California's Central Valley, a region known for its agricultural heritage and the current world leader in almond production.

Our schools provide a safe and connected learning environment, targeted small-group instruction, and a variety of special programs such as STEAM, music, visual and performing arts, academic support, and numerous after school clubs and activities.

Waterford USD has a broad scope of educational offerings, from Preschool through Adult Education, and is the regional provider of Special Education grade 7 through adult.


Furthering Our Mission

Waterford USD is developing self-directed and collaborative learners who are college, career, and community ready.

We are committed to excellence, achievement, and success.

Waterford Unified School District, in partnership and collaboration with families and community, is committed to developing:

  • A safe, healthy and supportive environment

  • Academic excellence and achievement for all students

  • Well-rounded successful citizens with personal integrity

  • Diverse learning opportunities

  • Critical thinking and creative expression

  • Effective use of technology as a tool for learning

District Composition

The Waterford Unified School District is a Pre-K-12 district made up of five schools with a TK-12 enrollment of around 1,765.

Special programs include: Learning Handicapped, Resource Program, Migrant Education, Title I, Title III, EIA, SIP, GATE, CORE 5 Lexia reading, Read 180, Career Technical Education (CTE), STEAM, music, visual and performing arts, and computer education.

Special Programs

jr high

Waterford USD provides a broad scope of special programs appropriate for each grade level. In elementary school, children receive an instructional approach to teaching, including targeted small group reading instruction. At the intermediate level, all students visit the STEAM lab, where they rotate through various projects, including robotics, programing, video production, art, and more. L.W. Intermediate students can also choose to participate in music classes, intermural or competitive sports, student leadership, and gardening. During their time at the Jr High, students have more options for sports, a deeper musical education, a variety of extracurricular clubs and activities to choose from, and mentorship and tutoring opportunities.

At all levels, students are provided a Chromebook to support student learning. Waterford USD also has several grants in place to provide free meals and all necessary school supplies. Parents who are interested can sign their children up for After School Programs.

District Admin


Don Davis

Assistant Superintendent/ Educational Services/ Director of Personnel

Jose Aldaco

Director Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Technology

Carolyn Viss

Business Services Manager

Sarah Yarbrough

Early Childhood Director

Diane Callaham

Director of Maintenance, Operations, Facilities & Projects

Gene Blocker

Director of Transportation

Suzanne Bauer

Director of Nutrition Services

Tiffany Gothan

Director of After School Program

Grover Davis

Network Administrator

Cruz Arce

Public Information Analyst

Amanda Wilson

Preparing our students for the future


92.2% Graduation rate, 5% higher than the state average.

Waterford High School, home of the Wildcats, has a thriving athletics program, with many championship titles. Students also enjoy access to dozens of academic, extracurricular, leadership, and performing arts clubs. In addition to the Advanced Placement classes, WHS offers dual enrollment at Modesto Jr College. The adult education center, in collaboration with Modesto Jr College, also offer career and technical training classes on campus.

Special Education

Waterford USD is the regional provider of special education for grades 7-adult. It is home to Sentinel High School, a continuation school that provides students the opportunity to recover credits to complete their graduation requirements. The Sentinel office also manages the Waterford Adult Education Center, where a variety of career and technical training courses are offered.

Connecting Charters

Waterford USD sponsors Connecting Water Charter School, a home school charter serving 2,100 students in a seven-county geographical region.

Child Development Center

The Waterford Child Development Center has both a Head Start Program and a State Preschool serving 144 children ages 18 months-5 years.

Impacting our community


Our mission goes beyond academics; we aim to nurture youth into becoming well-rounded successful citizens with personal integrity and emotional maturity. Each month, Lucille Whitehead focuses on a Character Trait or Life Skill to develop. At our Jr High, staff and counselors lead students through "Kindness Week" and have a monthly reward system for students they see demonstrating good character. At both the Jr and Sr High, students complete required service hours and service projects. The High School has a Community Youth Club focused on serving the younger campuses and our greater community, and the FFA, other clubs, and sports team regularly volunteer for community events.

Each Spring, each campus participates in the City-Wide Volunteer Day, and students are encouraged to join with their friends or team to sign up for a project to give back to their community.