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Welcome to Dos Palos-Oro Loma Schools

OUR COMMUNITY

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 MercedTwo palm trees against blue sky

Gold map of California with star showing location of Dos Palos and surrounding cities

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, the University of California at Merced, California State Universities in Fresno and Turlock (Stanislaus), and 

Blooming cotton field with blue sky and clouds

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 also 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.

DISTRICT PROFILE

Student Ethnic Distribution      

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

                            

 

Almond tree crop row

 

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

 

Dos Palos - Oro Loma currently has a certificated teaching staff of approximately 121.  The District takes pride in its exceptional Special Education program, including two Speech Therapists, a Credentialed School Nurse, one Licensed Vocational Nurse, five 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.