About Us

The Heber Elementary School District (HESD) is a two school site district serving transitional kindergarten through eighth grade students.  The school district is located in Imperial County, six miles from the US/Mexico border.  Heber is a small, rural agricultural community with a population of about 4,275.

Dogwood Elementary houses transitional kindergarten through third grade students and fourth through eighth grade students attend Heber School.  HESD schools have received national and state recognitions for academic excellence.   For four consecutive school years, both schools have been named Honor Roll Schools by the California Businesses for Excellence in Education as well as receiving the Title I Academic Achievement Awards.  Heber School received national recognition as a high performing model middle school and was named a “Schools to Watch” school.  Just recently, Dogwood and Heber Schools were awarded the 2016 Gold Ribbon Award by the California Department of Education.

The academic success of our students is not by luck. Children enrolled in our school district are taught by highly qualified teachers and para-professionals.  They receive academic, emotional, and social support from support staff as well as site and district administration.  HESD continues to expand school programs to meet the unique academic needs and interests of our students. Students study in well-maintained school campuses. Both school campuses consistently receive high ratings for being kept clean, functional, and safe.   

Our Governing Board continues to allocate the necessary resources to provide students the necessary resources needed for success.   Our technology infrastructure is solid and the District is committed to continue purchasing technology and other resources that will advance our students and staff in providing and receiving the best school experience.

Mission Statement

We ensure all students learn in an academically enriched, safe, and nurturing environment.

Vision Statement

All students will master the knowledge and skills necessary to become community leaders and contributors.

Core Value

We place students first by living our core values:

1. We value collaboration and provide high quality teaching and learning.
2. We provide a safe and nurturing learning environment.
3. We recognize and celebrate the achievements of students and staff.
4. We value family and community engagement in our schools.
5. We treat everyone with dignity, respect, fairness. We assess our strengths and areas for improvement to hold each other accountable.
6. We value fiscal responsibility and use resources diligently.

Strategic Goals

Strategic Goals (Three Year Plan 2015-2018)
1. Improve student academic achievement in English-Language Arts and Mathematics.
2. Improve academic achievement for English learners with emphasis on Long-Term English Learners.
3. Integrate Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) instruction.
4. Develop, recruit, and retain high performing staff.
5. Pass a Bond measure to build a gymnasium.

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