The Northern Humboldt Union High School District is comprised of two four-year high schools, Arcata High and McKinleyville High; two small continuation high schools, Pacific Coast High and Tsurai High; and one charter school, Six Rivers Charter High.

Both regular high schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools.  The schools are Digital High School demonstration sites.  They have continued to lead high school test scores in Humboldt County.  There has been strong Board, community and faculty involvement and support for the District schools.  The District’s goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed in an information society:  liberal arts and sciences, analytical thinking, real world problem solving, and use of technology.  Along with a commitment to academics; International Baccalaureate Program (IBO), Advanced Placement (AP) courses, vocational and fine arts, special education, and other regular core programs, the District continues to meet the staff development needs of staff members.  The schools are also WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Accredited.

The District draws from an area of approximately 900 square miles comprising 13 associate elementary schools.  The primary community centers are Arcata with a population of 15,700, and McKinleyville with a population of approximately 14,500.

The District has an enrollment of 1,630 in grades 9-12, continuation and charter schools.  The ethnic breakdown of the District is 4 percent Native American, 2 percent Black, 10 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian and 81 percent White or other.