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Congratulations to two amazing AUSD partners, Atascadero Greyhound Foundation's Rolfe Nelson and One Cool Earth's Victoria Carranza on their Spokes "Spring Salutes" Awards. Rolfe received the award for his incredible dedication to our youth through Lighthouse, and Victoria for her support and implementation of outdoor education in schools throughout San Luis Obispo County, including our own Monterey Road Elementary School.  

Pictured here are Rolfe and Victoria (wearing the prestigious Spokes Red Hat), along with Alternative Education Principal Chris Balogh (left) and AUSD Superintendent Tom Butler (right).

Spokes Awards

Atascadero Unified's Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year, Bonnie Zebe
Bonnie Zebe, Special Education teacher at Atascadero High School, is Atascadero Unified's Teacher of the Year.

Watching AUSD Build Beautiful Buildings with 
Your Bond Dollars
Renovated AHS classroom
"Noli cedere cognoscere (Do not cease to learn.)
Atascadero High School, newly renovated room 603, May 2016" -Stu Stoddard
More Info on AUSD Bond Projects

Enjoy a 360 degree view of the AJHS Art and Photography Exhibition at Bru Coffeehouse. 

AUSD Calendar of Events

Classified Employees' Recognition Reception
Classified Employee of the Year, Sean McKinley
Sean McKinley, Head Custodian, is Atascadero Unified's Classified Employee of the Year.



Welcome to Atascadero Unified School District, where we are dedicated to students and committed to excellence. One of the unique strengths of AUSD is the talent and teamwork that is exemplified by our students and staff. Through this talent and teamwork we aim to produce the top students in the nation who are college, career, and citizenship ready. In addition to our world class graduate profile, we also set high expectations for our students, staff, and parents through our core values: 

Respect: We respect the views of others and cultivate positive relationships built on trust and accountability.

Integrity: We are honest and trustworthy. We aspire to the highest standards in all we do.

Teamwork: We recognize the talent of our students, staff, and community to provide a world class education through talent and teamwork.

Excellence: We aim for the highest levels of performance and academic achievement.

Thomas Butler, Superintendent

Shaping Students for the Future through Talent and Teamwork - Preparing the Top Students in the Nation


  • AUSD is an academically high performing school district. 
  • AUSD has high expectations for its students to be career, college and citizenship ready. 
  • AUSD consistently achieves excellence in academics, agriculture, the arts and athletics. 
  • AUSD demonstrates effective teaching and learning for every student in every class every day.


At Atascadero USD, we strive for our students to be characterized by the following six qualities.

Our graduates are critical thinkers. They observe, wonder, create, and have the ability to solve real world problems. They are effective communicators conveying their thoughts and responses clearly and comprehensively. They have highly refined reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We emphasize the importance of being a team player, and instill in our graduates the value of collaboration. As self-directed individuals, students at Atascadero USD accept responsibility for their education. They work to their full potential and value learning as a lifelong skill. We push our graduates to be college and career ready scholars, ready to navigate the pathways that connect education and employment to a productive, rewarding and secure life. Finally, our graduates are responsible and contributing citizens who display integrity and civic responsibility and positively contribute to their communities.