Del Norte Unified School District

"Equipping Students for Success"


  • Smith River School Bus Incident 9/25/23


    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Today, a bus from Smith River Elementary school had a minor incident on Hwy 197 between Smith River and Hiouchi when it struck a tree branch, causing minor damages to the bus’s door. None of the 8 students on board were injured. The Highway Patrol is in the process of responding to the event. Again, everyone is safe, and we will provide more information once we know more. For questions please contact your child’s school office.

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  • Mission Statement:

    Equipping Students for Success


  • The DNCUSD is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment where each student is provided with high-quality instruction that meets them where they are and leads them to content mastery in each grade level. In addition, students benefit from access to counselors and other programs that coach them in life skills, high school and college readiness, and career awareness. To these ends, students will be offered meaningful learning experiences to enable them to access and critically analyze information, pose substantive questions, to communicate and collaborate effectively, and to build lasting and profound connections to the community. 

  • Vision Statement:

    "Del Norte Schools are safe and welcoming environments where each student is provided with high-quality instruction to prepare them for career, college, and life."


    DNCUSD aspires to be a community of students, classified and certificated educators, and families that provides students with the knowledge, skills, inspiration, and confidence to succeed in career and college and to fully engage in civic life within the community. In our schools, every child is inspired, challenged, engaged, and cared for. Every family is welcome into our schools and offices, respected, and valued by our staff, and our community is united, strengthened, and enriched by students prepared to lead Del Norte County through the 21st century. Finally, the DNCUSD staff, both certificated and classified, are valued contributors to and owners of the success of each student, driving a culture and sense of family and community.