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Baldwin Park Unified School District

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  • 3699 N. Holly Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706 • 626-962-3311
  • Baldwin Park traces its roots back to the 1882 construction of a school house and the 1888 establishment of the Vineland School District. The district, renamed for Baldwin Park in 1914 when the community chose a new name, served elementary students until the early 1950s, when unification of districts led to the creation of the Baldwin Park Unified School District. Today, there are 13 elementary schools, three junior high schools, one middle school, two comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, an adult school and an early childhood education program.

  • Superintendent of Schools: Froilan N. Mendoza
  • Board of Trustees: Christina Lucero, president; Teresa I. Vargas, clerk/vice president; Santos Hernandez, Jr., member; Carlos Lopez, member

Pioneering Sierra Vista High Club Spotlights Mental Health Issues

A student club at Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High School that battles the stigma of mental illness will host a program on child psychology and animal therapy featuring Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center therapy dog “Gunny” at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at the high school, 3600 Frazier St, Baldwin Park. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Club – started as a pilot effort in 2016-17 – is the nation’s first student-led NAMI club and includes more than 150 members. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Declares District a Safe Zone

Baldwin Park Unified School District is committed to the success of all students regardless of their immigration status, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, sex and gender identity, socio-economic status or beliefs by declaring all school sites and facilities as safe zones. The Board of Education on Oct. 10 unanimously adopted a District resolution that pledges to ensure a safe educational environment for all students by reminding families about laws that protect them and their students’ records from questions about immigration status. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Elementary School to Receive $5,000 Grant

Baldwin Park Unified’s Pleasant View Elementary School at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 will celebrate receiving a 2017 Barona Education Grant, which will fund four iPad Pro tablets, two tripods and two green screens to offer enhanced digital lessons and projects in fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms. The school plans to create an after-school broadcast journalism club, where students can report on events similar to a television newsroom. Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, who chose Pleasant View for the grant, will present the award to Principal Linda Heredia. Pleasant View Elementary is at 14900 Nubia St., Baldwin Park. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park High to Hold 7th Annual Community Día de Los Muertos Fest

Baldwin Park High School’s dual-language program will hold its 7th annual Día de Los Muertos Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the high school, 3900 N. Puente Ave., Baldwin Park. The community celebration features altar exhibitions, face painting, music and dance performances, arts and crafts, and food. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Provides Flu Shots to More than 800 Elementary Students

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified provided free flu shots Oct. 9-13 to more than 800 elementary students through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Azusa Pacific University. The program, started four years ago, brings nursing students from APU to District elementary schools to provide the shots to students who sign up. The shots are administered under the supervision of Kaiser Permanente. A team of a dozen nursing students visited two to three schools a day. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos Video

Baldwin Park Unified Recognizes Top School Attendance with Trophies

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified has recognized its schools with top attendance figures for the first month of school with trophies, part of a yearlong campaign to boost student performance by ensuring strong daily attendance. Sierra Vista Junior High, with an attendance rate of 98.14 percent, received the award for middle schools as well as a trophy for the being the overall winner. Baldwin Park High School, at 97.94 percent, and Santa Fe School, at 98.05 percent, were the winners in the high school and elementary categories. Schools across the nation annually designate September as Attendance Awareness Month. Baldwin Park Unified’s campaign – “Attendance Matters – Every School Day Counts!" – is a community-wide effort that will feature student assemblies, parent workshops, incentives for achievement and resources for families. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park High Teacher Named LA County Teacher of the Year

Follow-up Story: Raquel Viramontes, a nine-year science teacher at Baldwin Park High School, was named one of 16 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year on Sept. 29 by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Her award was announced during a lunch at the Hilton ballroom in Universal City attended by 600 educators and family members. Viramontes was accompanied by family, colleagues and Board of Education members. Photos are available Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Chosen for English Learner Arts Program

Baldwin Park Unified will work with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) on a five-year effort to use the arts to support instruction of English learners. The district, where about 1 in 5 students is an English learner, is a pioneer in English learner instruction. The TELA program will be conducted at Geddes and Heath elementary schools. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Middle School Empowers Female Students through Femineers

Follow-up Story: Female students at Baldwin Park Unified’s Holland Middle School will learn how to create and program robots this year through an after-school program funded by a grant from Cal Poly Pomona’s Adopt-a-Femineer School Program. The program will teach girls in sixth through eighth grades how to design robots. The students will display their creations at Cal Poly’s Femineer Summit in spring 2018. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified High School Hosts College, Career Exploration

Sierra Vista High School expects 500 students to attend its first-ever college and career exploration program with The Princeton Review and Roadtrip Nation at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 at the school gymnasium, 3600 N. Frazier St., Baldwin Park. The two groups will teach students and their families how to connect their interests to college and career pathways. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More