The Aromas-San Juan Unified School District covers approximately 100 square miles in western San Benito County, northern Monterey County, and eastern Santa Cruz County. The District includes the city of San Juan Bautista in San Benito County, the unincorporated community of Aromas in Monterey County, and other unincorporated areas in its three-county territory. The majority of the District's land area is in San Benito County.

The District is located 38 miles south of San Jose and 15 miles north of Salinas. The District is transected by U.S. Highway 101, California's major coastal highway.

The District is a unified school district formed in July 1, 1991, from territory formerly under the jurisdiction of the San Juan Union School District and the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. District students in grades K-8 attend the San Juan School and the Aromas School. District students in grades 9-12 attend high school at Anzar High School.

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees, each member of which is elected to a four-year term. Elections for positions to the Board are held every two years, alternating between two and three available positions.

Barb Dill-Varga, the Superintendent of the District, is responsible for administering the affairs of the District in accordance with the policies of the Board of Trustees.

Aromas/San Juan Unified School District Values, Vision and Mission


The Aromas San Juan Unified School District defines how we must work with our students, colleagues, families, and community through the following core values:

  • Caring

  • Community

  • Equity

  • Inclusion

  • Collaboration

  • Professionalism

  • Shared Leadership

  • High Expectations


A thriving learning community committed to equity and excellence


Aromas San Juan Unified School District, in partnership with our families and culturally rich community, empowers students to be self-directed learners, effective communicators, and global critical thinkers. We educate in an inclusive, caring, collaborative, creative, learning community engaged in real-world problem solving, learning to learn, and habits of mind.