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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

Baldwin Park Unified Bolsters Commitment to College Prep Program

Thirty-eight members of Baldwin Park Unified’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) team came together this summer for three days of intensive training to strengthen the college-readiness program’s offerings at two District high schools, two junior high schools and one middle school. The teachers and administrators attended the AVID Summer Institute at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim from June 28-30, splitting their days between learning essential curriculum and developing Baldwin Park AVID action plans for the upcoming year. The training represents the second year of increased investment in the AVID Program by Baldwin Park Unified, which had been forced by recession-era budget cuts to reduce its annual training efforts. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Students Excited as School Begins at Baldwin Park Unified

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified welcomed 14,000 students for the start of the 2016-17 school year on Aug. 11 with new and expanded programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), new classroom digital tools, expanded college-preparatory programs, and a smartphone app that will provide parents with a new channel for school information. Photos are available. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Expands Classroom Tech, STEM and Creates Parent App for 2016-17

More than 14,000 students will start classes at Baldwin Park Unified School District on Thursday, Aug. 11, greeted by expanded science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, college prep programs, dual-language classes and classroom digital tools. District leaders say the changes represent an aggressive investment in programs that will strengthen student opportunities for success in college and careers under Baldwin Park Unified’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Students Receive School Supplies via Kaiser Permanente Partnership

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified educators and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center staff on Aug. 10 handed out scores of backpacks loaded with school supplies to students from Heath, Tracy and Vineland elementary schools. Excited students got to choose from a wide array of designs, ranging from flying hamburgers to Star Wars. This is the seventh year Kaiser Permanente doctors, nurses and staff have donated the backpacks. This year, about 100 packs were available at each school. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Hosts Former State Schools Chief for 2016-17 Kick-off Event

Follow-up Story: Former California Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell delivered inspirational remarks during a back-to-school kick-off event for more than 1,800 Baldwin Park Unified District employees on Aug. 8 at Sierra Vista High School. The speech followed a 90-minute health fair that began at 7:30 a.m. and talks by Sierra Vista High School Principal Christine Simmons and Baldwin Park Unified Superintendent Froilan N. Mendoza. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Launches Classroom Technology Expansion

Some 42 Baldwin Park Unified teachers and roughly 60 campus and district leaders will embark on extensive training in classroom technology this August as the District creates classrooms that infuse instruction with the latest digital tools. A special emphasis of the effort will be to create two prototype multi-lingual, tech-infused classrooms in the dual-language immersion program at Foster Elementary. The teachers – two from each school – will serve as pioneers in implementing technology-driven lessons at their campuses. To support the teachers, the District is upgrading its wireless internet connectivity, adding two carts of Chromebooks to each school and installing interactive whiteboard/projection systems in classrooms. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified’s Santa Fe Elementary Named to 2015 Honor Roll

Baldwin Park Unified’s Santa Fe Elementary School is among some 1,700 California public schools named 2015 Honor Roll Star Schools by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. The school was recognized for high performance and for closing the achievement gap between student groups. The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to highlight successful practices. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Bond Refinancing Saves Community $20.8 Million

Baldwin Park Unified has refinanced $74.8 million in facility bonds, saving District property owners $20.8 million in repayment costs over the next 21 years. The refinancing takes advantage of lower interest rates for bond issues approved by voters for improving District facilities. The move also refinanced facility bonds backed by Baldwin Park Unified’s general fund, generating direct savings for the District. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Expands Tech Tools for 2016-17 Via Updated LCAP

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education adopted an updated Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) on June 21 that outlines how the District will dedicate $32.9 million to high-needs students. The plan would expand classroom technology and teacher technology training, hire a team of health aides, purchase English language arts instructional materials, add a 12th-grade expository writing and reading class and fund two prototype classrooms for multi-lingual instruction. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

North Park High School Holds Commencement for 168 Graduates

Follow-up Story: North Park High School celebrated commencement for 168 graduating seniors on June 1, recognizing accomplishments as they prepare for the next stage of their educational and career journeys. Students will matriculate to Mt. San Antonio College, Rio Hondo College, Pasadena City College, East Los Angeles College, UTI and Citrus College, as well as enter the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Army. The event included a posthumous honor for Jorge Contreras, who died before his planned graduation in 2015. The honor was given to his brother, Cristian Contreras, who graduated this spring. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos