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Azusa Unified School District

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  • 546 S. Citrus Ave., Azusa, California 91702 • 626-967-6211
  • Azusa Unified operates 12 elementary, one K-8 school, three intermediate and three high schools, as well as an Adult School. The district provides a student-centered program that emphasizes a standards-based curriculum, enrichment classes and a commitment to educational technology.

  • Superintendent: Linda Kaminski
  • Board of Trustees: Helen Jaramillo, president; Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, vice president; Paul Naccachian, clerk; Jeri Bibles-Vogle, member; Yolanda Rodriguez-Peña, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 9,277

Azusa Unified Prepares for First Day of School on Aug. 17

Azusa Unified School District is starting its 2017-18 school year with a slew of announcements, including a mix of eight new and promoted administrators, an extended transitional kindergarten class, a Spanish dual-immersion program and new STEM pathway programs to provide students with a strong academic foundation. The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 17. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Partners with University of La Verne for Admission

Follow-up Story: Azusa Unified leaders signed a pledge with the University of La Verne on July 20 to guarantee a pathway for students to a high-quality, affordable private university education. The Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE) promises qualified students a pipeline to the University of La Verne that includes guaranteed admission, financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, application fee waivers and a series of workshops to assist with college readiness. Photos are available Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Begins Next Phase in Measure K Facilities Construction

Azusa Unified School District began facility improvements at Dalton and Paramount elementary schools on June 28 as part of the next phase of its $92 million Measure K facilities bond updates. Installation of new heating and air conditioning units is underway as well as improvements to Dalton’s roof. In coming weeks, the District will install new perimeter fences for Gladstone and Azusa high schools, Center Middle School and Murray Elementary School. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Elementary Students Shine during School’s First Full Musical

Follow-up Story: More than 55 first- through fifth-graders from Azusa Unified’s Powell Elementary put on the school’s first full musical production and brought to life the timeless classic “Beauty and the Beast” during two performances on June 2. Students shined as beloved characters and as stage crew members before an audience of more than 100 family members and educators. Powell is Azusa’s first art-focused school, with an emphasis on an arts-integrated curriculum and hands-on learning. Photos are available Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified Celebrates Class of 2017 Graduations

Follow-up Story: Approximately 750 students from Azusa Unified’s Sierra, Gladstone and Azusa high schools celebrated their graduations with friends and families during three ceremonies at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Center on June 6 and 7. Photos are available Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Four Azusa Unified Schools Win National ‘Healthy Schools’ Awards

Follow-up Story: The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has recognized four Azusa Unified schools for demonstrating a commitment to fostering health and wellness to students and staff. Slauson Middle School, Powell, and Mountain View elementary schools received the Bronze National Healthy Schools Award while Magnolia Elementary School received the Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)

Azusa Unified to Offer Free Meals to Children During Summer Months

Azusa Unified School District will offer free lunches this summer to children ages 18 and under through the federal Summer Food Service program. Lunches will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 28 at school campuses and public parks. Meals are available to any child residing within Azusa Unified boundaries. Call Nutrition Services at 626-732-8057 for specific locations and times. Media Contact: Mark Vidal, 909-447-2406 (office) or 626-203-8167 (cell)Read More

Two Azusa Unified Elementary Schools Dedicate Drought-Tolerant Gardens

Follow-up Story: Paramount and Mountain View elementary schools dedicated their new drought-tolerant gardens on April 27, celebrating completion of the Paramount and Mountain View Landscaping Water Conservation Project. The project was made possible by a $70,000 grant provided by the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, part of a campaign to increase awareness of water conservation efforts. Photos are available Media Contact: Jahmal Corner, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

Azusa Unified Advanced Auto Tech Students Build Electric Car

A group of 10 Azusa Unified School District students in Gladstone High School’s Advanced Auto Tech class are building a highway-ready electric car during an afternoon project. Students, who are working on the effort three days a week, hope to take the “Switch EV” vehicle for a test drive in three weeks. Photos are available. Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Mark Vidal 909-447-2406 or 626-203-8167