Arcata High School

Arcata High School serves seven elementary districts representing the communities of Arcata, Bayside, Blue Lake, Jacoby Creek, Greenpoint, Manila, Maple Creek and Samoa. Arcata High School students represent the community at large in their economic, cultural and social diversity. The entire staff and administrative team take great pride in the efforts and achievements of our student population.

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McKinleyville High School

McKinleyville High School school serves a broad area in northern Humboldt County including the communities of McKinleyville, Big Lagoon, Fieldbrook, Orick and Trinidad. Staff at McKinleyville High School understands their responsibility to ensure that every student has access to quality education and support services designed to meet individual needs. By working collaboratively with parents, students, community, Board of Trustees and District administration, programs are designed and implemented around the needs of the student.

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Six Rivers Charter High School

Six Rivers Charter High School serves students from northern Humboldt County drawing students from the communities of Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, Fieldbrook, Freshwater, Fortuna, Trinidad, Westhaven and Orick. Since the creation of Six Rivers Charter High School, the faculty and staff work collaboratively to develop and implement programs and instructional methods that have the academic needs of each student at heart

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Tsurai High School

Tsurai High School is an alternative school located on the campus of McKinleyville High School in McKinleyville, CA. The site's goal is to provide a caring positive environment while striving to meet the individual academic needs of a divergent group of students. Students are encouraged with guidance from staff to become actively involved developing, implementing, and following through with their education, job and career aspirations, along with post-secondary education.

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Pacific Coast High School

Pacific Coast High School is a continuation high school located on the Arcata High School campus. Students are encouraged with guidance from staff to become actively involved developing, implementing, and following through with their education, job and career aspirations, along with post-secondary education. Our goal is to help facilitate students to earn their high school diploma in our program or return to the comprehensive high school setting.

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Vision, Mission, and Goals


The Vision of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District is:

Developing caring, engaged and adaptable individuals who embrace opportunities and are empowered to meet challenges in their future.


The Mission of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District is to provide the highest quality, comprehensive education in a safe, supportive environment, by:

  • Promoting a culture of academic excellence, innovation and creativity
  • Ensuring an outstanding, passionate staff committed to student achievement
  • Encouraging acceptance of and appreciation for diversity
  • Offering a wide range of curricular and extracurricular activities for all students.



Goal 1:            NHUHSD will increase achievement for all students by aligning instruction to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) across all disciplines.

Objective 1:     Develop a CCSS implementation plan that will include district initiatives such as instructional strategies, student engagement, and technological integration.

Objective 2:     Develop and modify Parent/Community CCSS Communication Plan and continually implement throughout school year.

Goal 2:            NHUHSD will ensure a Safe, Healthy, and Respectful School Environment.

Objective 1:     Identify students that qualify for high needs programs, provide necessary academic service and evaluate for effectiveness.

Objective 2:     Revise school safety and positive climate plans including providing professional development for classified and certificated staff.

Objective 3:     Complete a comprehensive review and revision of disciplinary policies and practices to ensure actions match tiered discipline model, concepts of restorative practice, and Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS).

Goal 3:            NHUHSD will diversify and improve methods of communication for all stakeholders.

Objective 1:     Develop alternative modes of communications with parents and students for academics and other school related events and activities.

Objective 2:     Enhance communication with business partners to assist students with placement in local business for work experience/internships.

Goal 4:            NHUHSD will improve academic performance for high needs populations

Objective 1:     Articulate with associate feeder schools for curriculum alignment and appropriate placement of students in academic subjects in the 9th grade year.

Objective 2:     Maximize programs offerings by evaluating master scheduling practices, providing dual enrollment opportunities, college and career, and enhancing concurrent enrollment.

Objective 3:     Implement strategies to reduce truancy and drop-out prevention

Goal 5:            NHUHSD will continue to plan and execute Measure Q projects in a fiscally responsible, practical manner.

Objective 1:     Complete Master Plan for Measure Q and related facility projects that will meet individual site needs.

Objective 2:     Determine potential ways to maximize use of district facilities for all stakeholder groups.

Goal 6:            NHUHSD will ensure long-term fiscal integrity.

Objective 1:     District will proactively analyze trends in enrollment to ensure balanced budget and sustainability of programs and services.

Objective 2:     District will develop strategies to attract and retain students.

Goal 7:            NHUHSD will demonstrate environmental responsibility in its educational and operational activities.

Objective 1:     Explore funding opportunities for energy efficiency projects, including them as necessary in Measure Q Master Plan.

Objective 2:     District will engage staff and students to develop and implement projects related to reducing solid waste and energy consumption.


Governance Handbook adopted 12/13/16