To prepare each of our students for future success.

Preparando a cada uno de nuestros estudiantes para su futuro éxito.


Our school district is an extraordinary learning community.


All students will achieve at their highest level

  All sites will have a safe and positive environment

District will maintain a budget and reserve that ensures (sustaining) programs and services for students and staff


Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Hollister School District, located in beautiful San Benito County. Hollister is just a short drive from the majestic Pinnacles National Park and Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation area. From Hollister to the west you are not far from the  beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz and Monterey and the rugged coastline of Carmel and Big Sur.

Hollister is a growing community that still offers its residents the solitude of beautiful hills, open meadows, and a safe and relaxing quality of life. The Hollister School District is committed to academic excellence. The Board-adopted Guiding Principles for the district are:

  • We believe every student, every day, by name, by need will succeed
  • We believe in embracing the uniqueness of every child
  • We believe partnerships among all stakeholders must be valued and respected
  • We believe in community advocacy for the whole child
  • We believe that each student is everyone’s responsibility
  • We believe that things that are measured get done.

The district serves a student population of about 5,500 students. Around 40% of our students are English Learners. There are five elementary schools that serve students in grades K - 5, one school that serves K – 8, two middle schools that serve 6 – 8, a Dual Language Academy (grades K - 6, Spanish/English) and an Accelerated Achievement Academy (grades 4 - 8). The Hollister Dual Language Academy became a California Distinguished School in 2012. The Accelerated Achievement Academy became a California Distinguished School in 2013.

Much effort is given to support effective instructional practices which provide our students with a child-centered, standards-based education that also creates critical, creative thinkers. The district's classroom instruction is aligned with Common Core and English Language Development standards and assessments. With open communication between schools and the community, strong support from parents, and clearly defined educational goals, we believe that all children will have the opportunity to meet their full potential and be productive members of society.

The District employs more than 560 staff members, including certificated and classified employees, substitutes and others. The district provides its employees extensive professional development opportunities for experienced teachers and newly inducted teachers are supported through the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project.