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Atascadero provides access to high quality education on several levels ranging from the local award-winning Atascadero Unified School District, to Cuesta Community College, to nationally recognized California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. High quality private schools are available as well.

K-12 Education

The Mission of the Atascadero Unified School District is to empower students to be critical thinkers, life-long learners, responsible citizens, and effective communicators by providing challenging and innovative educational opportunities adapted to the students’ unique needs and abilities in a safe and enriching environment under the guidance of a professional and nurturing staff

Recognized nationally for excellence, Atascadero Unified School District is highly rated for student achievement as measured by the California Department of Education’s Academic Performance Index. This means that all Atascadero schools continue to meet and exceed state and local standards for student achievement and growth. Of the ten schools eligible for an API score, seven schools achieved scores of over 800, placing them at the state’s highest level of expectation.

Approximately 75% of the district’s students go to college upon graduation from high school.

Student success is the cornerstone upon which the district will continue to grow and prosper. The citizens and parents of Atascadero support their schools, creating an environment of excellence in which to raise the youth of today… the citizens and leaders of tomorrow.

Community College

Cuesta Community College is located at the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is highly regarded throughout the state for its excellent educational programs, responsive student services and exceptional faculty and staff. In 1996 the college received a Silver Medal Eureka Award for Quality and Service Excellence. Cuesta College now serves more than 11,500 students. The college has become a center for community use by individuals, families and community groups on an extended-day and year-round basis. In fall 1998, the college opened the North County Campus on it 105-acre site in Paso Robles. The campus, built almost exclusively with private gift support, served more than 2,800 students in day as well as evening classes during the spring 2007 semester. Cuesta College has the facilities and programs to support businesses by providing well trained and educated students.

California State University

California Polytechnic is your one shop stop to find young talented business, engineering and science graduates. California Polytechnic (warmly referred to as “Cal Poly”) is a school that is driven by a “learn by doing attitude.” Students are taught both the science and practical application. Over 60 undergraduate majors are offered and nine are available within the CSU system only at Cal Poly, and another eight are offered only at one other CSU campus. The university's career orientation is evident in its programs in Agriculture, Architecture, Business, Design, Education, Engineering, Graphic Communication and Journalism.

From row crops to computers, Cal Poly believes that the best way for someone to learn something is to do it. That's been the school's philosophy since it began. Walk around the Cal Poly campus and look into the classrooms, labs and lounges; you'll find Cal Poly students reading, studying, and attending class. But that's not all. You'll find them working - rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty.

Career education at Cal Poly is taught within the framework of a thorough general education that helps students develop fully, not just as trained professionals, but as educated individuals. Curriculum is designed to teach students to think logically, judge critically and communicate clearly.

At Cal Poly you'll find students testing the strength of beams, raising livestock, publishing a newspaper, designing structures, caring for young children and writing computer programs. You find them machining metal, testing aircraft, auditing books, developing experiments, and building all kinds of things.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 12:12