The Imperial Unified School District is located within the City of Imperial, in Imperial County, California. The city of Imperial is approximately 111 miles east of San Diego and approximately 210 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It has a population of 117,095 (estimated as of 2015).
The school district, as well as the community has seen a large increase in population as new housing has been built in the community. There are 100 more homes set to be built in Monterrey Park and several hundred over the next few years at Victoria Ranch. In November 2016 Measure O, a $40 million in bonds to fund construction and modernization was approved. The first phase, construction of a new elementary school, Imperial Cross, is scheduled to be ready for occupancy for the 2019-2020 school year.
Imperial Unified School District encompasses 554 square miles and currently serves 4,149 (2017-18) students in grades Transitional Kindergarten through Twelve. There are five schools in the district. All the schools in the district are located in the City of Imperial. Ben Hulse Elementary School has a student population of 1049 students in grades TK‑5th and T.L. Waggoner Elementary School serves 911 students in grades TK‑5th, Frank Wright Middle School serves 1034 students in grades 6th‑8th, Imperial High School serves 1306 students in grades 9th‑12th.
Of the students enrolled in the district, 84.36% are of Hispanic origin 11.48% are white (not Hispanic), .91% are African American and .080% Asian or Pacific Islander. 25.6% of the population are English Language Learners and 49.7% of district students qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch program.
All of the schools in the district except the alternative school have received Distinguished School awards: Ben Hulse Elementary, T.L. Waggoner, Frank Wright Middle (twice) and Imperial High School (twice). Additionally, Frank Wright has been selected as a Schools to Watch.