The Stony Creek Joint Unified School District is located in a rural area of northern California and serves students from Ladoga to Chrome and from the western edge of the Sacramento Valley to the summit of the Coast Range. The district covers approximately six hundred square miles, of which nearly half is within the boundaries of the Mendocino National Forest. Also included in this area is Grindstone Rancheria, a Nomlaki Indian rancheria. Members from the Pomo and Wintun tribes also attend the school. The school community is made up of a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds: inter-district students from Glenn and Colusa Counties, Native Americans from one rancheria, ranching and logging families, and other students from well established Elk Creek, Chrome, and Stonyford families.