Cupertino is a city in Santa Clara County, California, US, directly west of San Jose on the western edge of Santa Clara County with portions extending into the foothills of Santa Cruz Mountains. An affluent city, Cupertino is home to a large immigrant population; mainly Chinese and Indian origin.
Until the mid-1960s, Cupertino remained largely a town of ranches and estate vineyards. The primary economic activity was fruit agriculture. Almost all of the land within Cupertino's present-day boundaries were covered by prune, plum, apricot, and cherry orchards. Then two things happened: De Anza College opened, and soon after, computers came on the scene. With 26,000 students, as well as its popular Flint Center and Minolta Planetarium, De Anza College has become a hub of activity in the city, which has no real downtown.
Cupertino is one of many cities that claim to be the “heart” of Silicon Valley, as many semi-conductor and computer companies were founded here and in the surrounding areas.
Apple Computer arrived in Cupertino in the late 1970s, and has remained in the same location through all its ups and downs. It's now spread out over dozens of buildings off De Anza Boulevard, not far from where Apple co-founder Steve Jobs went to high school. The city has since become home to Portal, Hewlett-Packard and many other high-tech firms as well as Vallco Park, now known mainly as a retail shopping center.
Today, the private sector in Cupertino is dominated by high-tech electronics and computer corporations. The City serves as a corporate headquarters and center for research and development. Virtually no manufacturing takes place in the City, because land and living costs are too high. Representatives of corporate businesses indicate that their companies enjoy a competitive advantage by having facilities in Cupertino. This is because highly skilled, sought-after employees prefer working and living in the Cupertino area, with its moderate size and unique, balanced mix of high technology firms, retail center, open space, quality schools and residential areas.
Cupertino is widely recognized for its K-12 public schools and the community college. The high standards of the public schools have been recognized repeatedly with California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School awards.
Cupertino Union School District (CUSD)
The elementary and the middle school district is called CUSD. The city’s children attend 20 elementary schools and five middle schools in the Cupertino Union School District. The street locator to verify the elementary and middle school lookup is located at CUSD Street Locator.
Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD)
Teenagers attend five high schools in the Fremont Union High School District Fremont Union High School District. Serving more than 9,000 students, this 42-square-mile district encompasses Cupertino plus portions of five other cities. The street locator to verify the high school lookup is located at FUHSD Street Locator.
De Anza College
Some of Cupertino’s high school graduates continue their education at acclaimed De Anza Community College, with over 25,000 students. Among California community colleges, De Anza consistently ranks top for number of students who transfer to University of California and California State University campuses.
San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University, are also close by. University of California, Berkeley, University of California, San Francisco, and University of California, Santa Cruz are also conveniently accessible.
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