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About Us - CVSD Profile & Quick Facts

Quick facts:

  • 14,762 students enrolled at 30 schools and learning centers
  • 90% graduation rate
  • 1,850 employees [1,557 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees]
  • 13th largest employer in Spokane County
  • 1,001 highly-qualified teachers
    • 14.7 years of average teacher experience
    • 643 teachers with 15+ years experience
    • 110 Nationally Board Certified teachers (Ranked 3rd in WA State)
    • 17.6 average students per teacher (Student to Teacher Ratio for K-3rd = 17:1, 4-8th = 26-29:1, 9-12th = 32:1)

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About Central Valley School District (CVSD):

Serving an 80-square-mile area in Eastern Washington's Spokane Valley, CVSD strives to ensure optimal learning opportunities for over 14,700 students attending 29 Central Valley schools and learning centers.
CVSD offers high quality academic and co-curricular programs for students in grades Pre-K-12 as well as a variety of learning support and highly-capable programs. CVSD’s mission is to prepare students for career and life through a high-quality, comprehensive education in partnership with families and community in a safe and inclusive environment.

Learn about our plans for the next five years...

Fast Forward CVSD 2023-2028 Strategic Roadmap 

From the past to the present...

For over 130 years, Central Valley Schools have been committed to educational excellence in the Spokane Valley and region. Since 1890, teachers, administrators, parents, and students have planned, labored, and sacrificed to provide the best possible learning environment and provide encouragement for students in their educational journey.
As school buildings and teaching methods have changed over time, the innovative, caring and committed spirit that characterizes Central Valley School District endures, continuing to create endless opportunities for students and prepare them for their future.

District boundaries:

80-square-mile district including: City of Liberty Lake, City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County

Who leads the District?

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CVSD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected by patrons in specific geographic areas of the district. The Superintendent reports to the School Board and leads the day-to-day operations of the district. Along with the Superintendent, district administration is lead by a team of directors, working closely with principals who oversee school building administration.

What are our programs?

A wide variety of programs and services support student learning in CVSD. Non-traditional and alternative schools, career and technical education, STEM programs, Spokane Valley Tech, Central Valley Virtual Learning, highly capable programs, special education, learning support programs, English language development, home school programs, child care, transportation, food service, school nursing, professional development, early childhood education, and curriculum development are just a few of the many programs offered to support our students, teachers, families and community.

How is the district funded? 

  •  $238.6 million is CVSD's 2023-2024 General Fund Budget
    • The district receives funding from state, federal and local sources.
    • More than 86% of the district’s funding comes from the State of Washington and Federal programs.
    • The remaining revenues, 14% flow from local taxpayers via the Educational Programs and Operations levy and LEA Local Effort Assistance.
    • The district also maintains separate funds for capital projects, transportation vehicles, debt service and Associated Student Body (ASB) activities.

Our CVSD mission: 

Prepare students for career and life through a high-quality, comprehensive education in partnership with families and community in a safe and inclusive environment.

Our CVSD vision:

Develop well-rounded, confident and academically-prepared individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential and contribute to their community.

Who we are... 

We are Visionary
We listen to our learners and help them forge their dreams into reality. We will work to ensure our academic and extracurricular programs are filled with opportunity fueled by individual choice.

We are Adaptive
We commit to consistently listening to our students, staff, families and community and staying organizationally nimble to make transparent decisions that reflect emerging needs.

We are Inclusive
We are a community that intentionally, continuously and systematically affirms the value of each student, family and staff member. We approach learners with curiosity, dignity and grace, knowing each is worthy and that there is a beautiful world of creativity, ingenuity and aspiration contained in each one.

We are Dynamic
As a school district, we seek new and innovative ways to provide a comprehensive, safe, relevant education to the whole child. We appreciate and realize that being dynamic can open the door to groundbreaking discovery. We are always advancing toward better ways of serving our students with truth and knowledge.

What we are committed to...

  • Ensuring student academic success through high-quality, evidencebased, relevant and comprehensive
    curriculum, vetted through our teaching professionals and the families we serve and supported by professional development to optimize curricular implementation and usage.
  • Supporting our students’ mental health where every student has a sense of belonging, value and purpose in their educational experience and life.
  • Maintaining transparency and high levels of communication with our families and community in matters impacting our students' education, health and wellbeing.
  • Creating safe schools and learning environments where all students can thrive and be free from violence, bullying and harassment.


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