MJUSD serves students from Alturas, Cedarville, Canby, Likely, Davis Creek, New Pine Creek, Madeline, and the surrounding areas. Alturas has a population of roughly 2,500 people. The median income is $32,411, well below the state average of $71,805. The crime rate is very high, nearly three times the U.S. average. That being said, the community is still perceived to be safe. Most jobs are found in the public sector. Home prices are one-fourth the state average. Alturas is part of Modoc County, population 9,184. The median household income for the county is $43,748, up compared to Alturas but still well below the state average. Modoc County provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Modoc National Forest.
MJUSD strives to provide its students with opportunities both in and out of the classroom. We send students out of the area frequently so they can get a taste of what is available to them. We offer music to students in grades K-12. We have excellent shop programs, offer AP courses, STEM, Drama, and a full athletic program. The District tries to provide a variety of options for a small group of students who have a wide array of interests.