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Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent of Schools

Jim Elsasser, Ed.D.Under the leadership of Jim Elsasser, Ed.D., the Superintendent's Office oversees all District divisions,  departments, and operations.

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Dr. James Elsasser has been serving as superintendent of the Claremont Unified School District since July 1, 2012.

Prior to joining CUSD, he served as assistant superintendent of human resources for Anaheim City School District, and director of classified personnel and special projects for Los Alamitos Unified School District. He was also principal of Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos Unified School District, and assistant principal of East Middle School in Downey Unified School District.

More than 25 years ago, Dr. Elsasser started his career in public education as a music teacher at East Middle School and West Middle School in Downey Unified School District. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Azusa Pacific University, a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University, and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Elsasser was named the Association of California School Administrators Region XV 2017 Superintendent of the Year.

During his tenure as principal, his school was recognized as a California Distinguished School (2001 and 2005) and a National Blue Ribbon School (2002). In addition, Dr. Elsasser is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Education Research Development Institute, National Center for Education Research and Technology, the Dean’s Superintendents’ Advisory Group for the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, and Association of California School Administrators. Locally, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Claremont and serves on the Executive Board for the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Elsasser resides in Anaheim Hills with his wife of 25 years, Lori, and their three children, Corey, Brooke, and Nicholas.

Superintendent's Message

2020-2021 School Year

Summer 2020

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Office Support


Eva Barriga

Executive Secretary to the Superintendent



Caitlyn Olesniewicz, Administrative Secretary



Phone: (909) 398-0609 x.70102   |   Fax: (909) 398-0690


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Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.