Scott Valley Unified School District was established July 2007 and is comprised of Etna High School, Scott Valley Junior High, Etna Elementary School, Fort Jones Elementary School and Scott River High School. The district also serves the students in Forks of Salmon School District.
After Scott Valley schools unified in 2007 the new district, with about 700 students, has two Pre-schools, two K- 5 schools, 6-8 junior high school, a comprehensive 9-12 high school, a continuation high school and two community day schools. Both of the elementary schools are a California Distinguished School, one is a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award winner, and the high school has a six year WASC accreditation. All schools API scores are in the 9th or 10th deciles ranking. Students have a high success rate for completing a post graduate degree. Last year, more than $400,000 was awarded to the 50 graduating seniors. The dropout rate is small with a large percentage of students beginning and ending their schooling in the Scott Valley. The well-educated community highly values education and actively supports its schools.
Scott Valley, Siskiyou County, is nestled among three mountain ranges in the most beautiful part of Northern California. The valley and its surroundings are known for its hunting, fly fishing, skiing, back-packing and hiking, gold-panning, rock climbing and camping. The many family farms produce alfalfa, grains, milk and beef as well as alpaca wool. Cows, horses and mules share the wealth of feed with the deer. At one time, the area had a large timber industry which has declined recently.
The communities served by this new unified school district are Fort Jones on the north end of the valley. Quartz Valley to the west, Greenview in the middle with Etna and Callahan to the south. These communities have churches, small businesses, recreation, restaurants, civic organizations and medical offices. Several nationally known camps share the mountains and rivers with the communities.
It is a wonderful place to raise children in a safe and clean environment. Families have ranched here in the valley for 150 years and many of the staff members were born and raised in the area. The valley communities are a short trip to Yreka and the southern Oregon communities of Ashland and Medford. Southern Oregon University and the Shakespearean Festival are located in Ashland, an hours drive from Fort Jones. Outdoor recreational activities abound in all four distinct seasons. College of the Siskiyous, a community college is located in Weed, about 45 miles from Fort Jones.