A word from our Superintendent - Pamela Jones
Manahu! Welcome to the Big Pine Unified School District
We are privileged to provide quality public education through learning adventures in a setting of extraordinary beauty. Our District encompasses 1,200 square miles of unique geography. The District boundary on the west is the crest of the Sierra Nevada range, at over 14,000 feet, and includes the southernmost glaciers in North America. We stretch east across America’s deepest valley and the north end of Death Valley National Park, to the Nevada border. We even have a castle within our District boundary, Scotty’s Castle.
We are EL schools, partners in an exclusive national network of schools that are internationally recognized for their project-based learning, service to community and educational innovation. Our students learn through expeditions that combine standards-based instruction, critical thinking, and hands-on learning in the incredible outdoor classroom that surrounds us.
The Big Pine School District class sizes average less than 20. Our highly qualified staff members know and care about each student, and follow with interest the progress of each child throughout their educational experience and beyond. While we are small enough to offer truly individual attention for all students, we also have comprehensive opportunities for participation and leadership. Our broadband technology, integrated with instruction, provides one to one computing for every student from TK to 12.
We have a valued collaborative relationship with the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley, whose reservation borders the district. The Big Pine Indian Education Center complements our instructional programs with additional tutoring and academic support. Recently the District and the Tribe successfully raised funds for the Alice Piper Statue. The statue memorializes a landmark court case, Piper vs. Big Pine, establishing the right of Native American children to attend public schools and which was later cited as a precedent in Brown vs, the Board of Education, a ruling that ended school segregation in the nation.
The Big Pine School District is the heart of our small town. Voter support for bonds has made it possible for us to preserve and improve our facilities. Our historic 1923 high school building, a landmark on Highway 395, is maintained to modern standards for classroom instruction. The 200 kilowatt solar power plant, which went online in January 2013, blends the old and new in a visual testament to our ongoing improvements thanks to community support. We often hear the comment, “The District has never looked better.”
We welcome you to visit our unique and innovative school district.
Superintendent Pamela Jones