The Chowchilla Union High School District comprises a comprehensive four year academic high school, Chowchilla Union High School, a continuation school, Gateway Continuation, and an Independent Study program. Three school districts serve the overall student population for Chowchilla and the surrounding area, including Alview-Dairyland Union School District (ADUSD) and Chowchilla Elementary School District (CESD), which both feed students into the Chowchilla Union High School District programs. Both ADUSD and CESD are K-8 programs.
The City of Chowchilla has a population of roughly 19,000 people including the population of two correctional facilities; one for men (Valley State Prison) and one for women (Central California Women’s Facility). Both facilities are located outside of Chowchilla.
The City of Chowchilla is still very much considered an agricultural town by virtue of its location, which is completely surrounded by farmland and dairies. Chowchilla has families that range from economically wealthy to very poor. Student free and reduced lunches have averaged 67.2% of the student population over the last 6 years.
The Chowchilla Union High School District is governed by a 5 member board that is elected by voter trustee areas. Current board members and the dates of their first service are: Mike Cargill (2002), Pat DeWall (2008), Charlene Espinola (1998), Steve Massaro (1996), and Brenton Tatom (1996). These 5 board members truly have the philosophy of doing what is in the best interest of the students first and foremost.