The cornerstones of the Davis community are the arts, the landscape and the educational opportunities. An artist's haven, Davis is home to many venues where local artists can display and sell their work. City-owned artwork on display in the downtown area underscores the community's commitment to further an appreciation of the arts. Live theater and musical performances by Davis Musical Theater Group, Davis Comic Opera Company and UCDís Drama Department also provide cultural entertainment for the whole family.
Davis is located in the heart of one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. Just outside of the city, explorers will find a myriad of crops thriving in the Central Valley's rich soil. The city is also part of a major migration route for several North American species of birds. As a result, nearby wildlife preserves have been established to provide a safe and natural habitat for these creatures. The best known of these is the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, 15,830 unspoiled acres of wildlife. Given the complexity of the region's natural resources, conservation of Davis' open landscape is a big part of the city's future plan.
Davis Joint Unified School District manages 9 elementary campuses, 3 junior high schools and 3 high schools. Four additional alternative schools, including an adult school and the Davis School for Independent Study, serve the needs of non-traditional students. District-wide, student enrollment is about 9,000. Impressively, Davis Senior High routinely sees 90 percent of its graduates enroll in post-secondary institutions.
Many of these graduates stay local to pursue their education at UCD. UCD specializes in agricultural, biological, biotechnical and environment sciences, though it has recognized expertise in other areas as well. The university is the largest in physical size within the UC system and the third largest in enrollment, serving more than 32,000 students. Program options include more than 100 undergraduate degrees, four different professional programs and 80 minors and graduate degrees. Alternatively, high school graduates have post-secondary options outside of Davis. Sacramento City College, California State University at Sacramento, Cosumnes River College and American River College are all located within 30 miles of Davis.
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