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Welcome to Gravenstein Union School District!

Where Excellence Meets Community

Nestled in the picturesque rolling hills near Sebastopol, California, Gravenstein Union School District is home to two award-winning public schools. Gravenstein School, our TK-5 charter school, offers children a wonderful introduction to the educational system. Hillcrest Middle School is comprised of Grades 6 through 8, and its engaging and challenging curriculum paves the way for a smooth transition into high school. 

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Your Home in Education

With a commitment to outstanding education, Gravenstein Union School District caters to students from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade, encompassing approximately 800 young minds eager to learn and grow. More than half of our students (65%) come from beyond our original district boundaries, a testament to the unique and wonderful education we offer. 

A Place to Flourish

Our district embodies the perfect blend of strong academic instruction, diverse enrichment programs, and exceptional creative arts and music instruction. We invite you to explore our educational community, where we nurture every student's potential. 

Rooted in Community & Excellence

Gravenstein and Hillcrest schools reflect the rural, tight-knit nature of our community. With small class sizes at each site, our excellent staff and highly involved parents work in partnership to create an educational environment that consistently achieves some of the highest California state test scores in Sonoma County. We are proud to say that we've maintained this tradition of excellence for the last 15 years.

A Future Full of Promise

To our current and prospective families and students, we extend a warm welcome. Here at Gravenstein Union School District, we believe that every child's potential is a story waiting to be written. We invite you to become a part of our remarkable community, a place where students’ academic and personal development is bolstered by unwavering community support, all within a beautiful, rural setting.

"I have found GUSD to be incredibly welcoming and embracing of all students. The teachers and staff have an open attitude that encourages children and families to join in and be a part of the fun-loving, yet academic-driven environment. I have been overwhelmingly impressed with the care, education, and community my child receives/is a part of at GUSD. Thank you so much!"

Gravenstein Elementary School Students