The Davis Joint Unified School District is a premier California school district that provides for primary and secondary (K-12) public education in Davis. The student body totaled more than 8,700 students in the fall of 2004. Many residents live in the Davis community to enjoy the advantages of its open spaces, the ambiance of the university, and the quality of Davis public schools. The past few years have brought new additions to the District. Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School opened with grades K-1 for 2001-02 school year; the school began serving students in grades K-6 during the 2002-03 school year. The District also added a Montessori program at Birch Lane Elementary School in 2001-02. Francis Harper Junior High School opened for the 2004-05 school year with another elementary school planned in the coming years. The District offers a variety of special programs and services. Each year, approximately 90 percent of Davis Senior High School graduates enroll in post-secondary institutions.
Davis students have one of the highest scholastic achievement test scores in the region. Davis schools have won numerous awards and recognition nationally and internationally including California Distinguished School Awards and American mathematics Competition Awards. The Davis High School Madrigals have performed at the White House and in Europe.
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