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Rancho Verde High School has been selected as a National Demonstration School by AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a nonprofit organization that provides educators with proven, real-world strategies to accelerate the performance of underrepresented students so that these students and all students across the entire campus succeed in college, careers, and life.
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Superintendent Announces Retirement


Dear Val Verde Unified School District Staff and Community,

As I write to you today, it is with a heart full of gratitude and a myriad of emotions. After 27 wonderful years with the Val Verde Unified School District, I am announcing my retirement as your Superintendent effective June 30, 2024. This decision, made with both joy and nostalgia, marks the end of a significant chapter in my life.

Reflecting on our journey together, I am filled with pride for what we have accomplished. Together, we have navigated challenges and celebrated triumphs, always with the unwavering goal of providing the best possible education for our students. A few highlights of our time together include the significant improvement in our district's academic performance, the successful integration of innovative technology in our classrooms, and the expansion of our facilities to better serve our growing community. These achievements are not just mine but are a testament to the dedication and hard work of each member of our district.

However, more than these accomplishments, what I cherish most are the relationships I have formed over these years. The opportunity to work alongside talented educators, committed staff, devoted parents, and, most importantly, our inspiring students, has been the highlight of my career. Your passion, resilience, and dedication to education have been the driving force behind our district's success leading to state and national recognitions.

As I step into this new chapter of my life, I carry with me the memories and lessons learned from each of you. While I look forward to enjoying retirement, know that I will always carry a piece of Val Verde Unified School District in my heart.

The future of our district is bright, and I am confident that under new leadership, Val Verde Unified will continue to flourish and reach new heights. I extend my deepest gratitude to each of you for your support, collaboration, and friendship over the years. You have made my tenure as Superintendent not just a job but a deeply rewarding experience.

Thank you for being part of my journey. Here's to a future filled with continued success and innovation for the Val Verde Unified School District!


Warmest regards,

Michael R. McCormick


Message from the Superintendent

Val Verde family, 

 I hope that your time away is going well and that you have been able to relax and rejuvenate.  The past three years are regarded by many as the most challenging ever faced by educators. With this said, I continue to be impressed with the service that our employees have provided for our students and community. I am optimistic that the coming year will be less arduous and that we will feel more of a sense of normalcy. 

I am proud of what we have accomplished together.  Preliminary CAASPP scores show impressive gains at our elementary schools.  Yet, our recovery work is not complete. In fact, we must continue to support our students to ensure we are whole learner focused—leaving no learner marginalized. We must also continue to strengthen our support structures so that they align to accomplish our mission of future ready learners based on our North Star, the Portrait of a Graduate

 As members of the Val Verde family, we have all played a part in our district’s success. Please know that you are appreciated!! We should feel very proud of the many accomplishments and accolades that our district has received: 

  • The 2022 Cohort Graduation Rate is now 94.0%.
  • The A-G completion rate for VVUSD (Val Verde Unified School District) in 2022 is 59%.  Ranking Val Verde 3rd highest among all school districts in Riverside County
  • Val Verde USD was named 2023 Best Community for Music Education by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) 
  • 55% of the class of 2023 participated in Career and Technical Education classes, our highest percentage ever.
  • Since 2012, we have reduced our suspension rate significantly from 9.1% to 3.8% overall and our African American suspension rate has fallen from 18.6% to 7.2%, a reduction of 61%
  • Our Family Engagement participation for 2023 sits at 11,865 parents representing an increase of 76% over the prior year.
  • Our Board of Education’s number one goal of Reading by 3rd Grade increased by 14 points to 57% of K-2 students achieving at or above standard in the Reading Composite Score as measured by the Acadience reading assessment.

On behalf of the Board of Education, Welcome Back! I am proud and humbled to be part of this family as I begin my twenty-seventh year. We will continue our relentless pursuit in providing a world-class education to our students so that they are college AND career ready and prepared to assume their role in the 21st Century workforce. As we cast a light on the future, let's continue to work together in making a positive difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve. Let’s make this the best year yet!


Michael R. McCormick


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