The Merced River School District was formed July 1, 1974. The district now operates just one school for students attending classes in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. For many years, our district consisted of two campuses: Hopeton Elementary (TK-3) and Washington Elementary (4-8). Due to declining enrollment, our district decided to close down the Hopeton site and combine the campuses onto the Washington School site. We now have approximately 178 students, which represents a growth of 28 students over the 2014-15 school year. We have been able to sustain this enrollment increase over 2 years. The Merced River School District covers a rural area of approximately 30 square miles located in eastern Merced County near the cities of Atwater, Merced, Snelling and Winton. The district is made up of diversified farming, dairying and ranching.