Gilroy Unified School District is located in the southernmost tip of Santa Clara Valley, California.The Gilroy Unified School District was created in 1966 when several small school districts joined together with the Gilroy School District. The other school districts included San Ysidro and Rucker. It covers an area of over 600 square miles, and during the 2012-2013 school year had approximately 11,000 students. The school district currently consists of four high schools (Gilroy High School, Christopher High School, Gilroy Early College Academy, and Mt. Madonna Continuation High School), three middle schools (Brownell, Solorsano, and South Valley), and eight elementary schools (Antonio Del Buono, El Roble, Eliot, Glen View, Las Animas, Luigi Aprea, Rod Kelley, and Rucker). The District also operates a pre-school program. One charter school, Gilroy Prep School, has been chartered by the school board and opened in 2011 serving students grades K - 3. Its goal is to expand to serve kindergarten through eighth grade by 2018.