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Welcome to Dos Palos-Oro Loma Schools


Dos Palos is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley near the geographic center of California. Dos Palos is approximately halfway between San Jose and Fresno or halfway between Monterey and Fresno.  The District transcends both Merced and Fresno County boundaries; however, the majority of governmental business takes place in Merced County. Dos Palos' Central California location allows easy freeway access to both winter and summer recreational areas.  Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Lake Tahoe are all within reasonable driving distance.

The district serves a population base of approximately 5,000.  The mild climate supports a flourishing agricultural economy of dairy, cotton, rice, sugar beets, tomatoes, and other leading commodities.  Several colleges and universities are located within a one-hour drive, including Merced College, University of California at Merced, California State Universities in Fresno and Turlock (Stanislaus), and Fresno Pacific University. In addition, other universities offer educational programs within the county.

The county seat located in Merced offers most governmental, professional, and commercial services.  The community of Dos Palos includes family health clinics, shopping areas, churches, recreational facilities, several parks, and sports activity leagues for adults, children, and a swimming pool.  Surrounding recreational areas include the San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay for fishing, windsurfing, jet skiing and other watersports, and National and State Wildlife Refuges for viewing, hunting and other outdoor activities.


Student Ethnic Distribution      

Hispanic 81.1%
Caucasian 13.3%
African-American   2.8%
Asian/Other   2.8%


Because our District's population is diverse, we welcome applicants who are bilingual/biliterate in the Spanish language and culturally sensitive.


Dos Palos - Oro Loma currently has a certificated teaching staff of approximately 127.  The District takes pride in its exceptional Special Education program, including two Speech Therapists, a Credentialed School Nurse, one Licensed Vocational Nurse, four Counselors, one Behavioral Health Clinician, and two Psychologists.  We seek qualified regular and Special Education professionals willing to add their expertise to the District's mission of serving the community through education with integrity and accountability in the best interest of all students.


The Dos Palos - Oro Loma Joint Unified School District believes that continued professional growth is essential to all employees.  We actively support staff development, the Peer Assistance Review program, in-services, and cooperative ventures with local universities.

We continue to investigate unique methods of involving our district with innovative professional development opportunities.