CA School News Report

Baldwin Park Unified School District

  • 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 Holds Open Enrollment through Dec. 4

Families of students within the Baldwin Park Unified School District boundaries may pick up Open Enrollment applications at any campus through Friday, Dec. 4. Open Enrollment allows families to choose any district school to enroll their children, including transitional kindergarten students who turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1. Final enrollment in schools of choice will be determined by lottery immediately after the application period closes. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

104 Baldwin Park Unified Students Praised for AP Exam Success

The College Board has recognized 104 students at Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park high schools for their success on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, naming 68 student as AP Scholars, 17 as AP Scholars with Honor and 19 as AP Scholars with Distinction. Each honor requires an increasingly stronger performance on exams for the college-level courses. Students who succeed on AP exams show they are ready for the rigors of college, may be allowed to skip some college courses and are more likely to graduate college on time. In 2014-15, 1,579 Baldwin Park Unified students took AP exams – some of them as many as 13. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Adopts Integrated Approach to High School Math

Baldwin Park Unified will begin transitioning high school math programs this fall to an integrated math model, an approach that blends instruction in algebra, geometry and trigonometry to mirror their application in real-world scenarios. Integrated math is an option under the new California Standards, which restructure math instruction across all grades. The model will be rolled out a year at a time, starting with this year’s incoming freshmen. As part of the effort, the District began adjusting middle-school instruction in 2014-15 and has adopted new textbooks. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 17. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Deepens Constellation of STEM Offerings

Baldwin Park Unified this fall is expanding its partnership with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s premier provider of instructional programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Baldwin Park High, which launched a PLTW freshman-engineering class in 2014-15, will add a sophomore-year course; Holland Middle School and Santa Fe School will add PLTW Gateway, an engineering program aimed at middle school students; Santa Fe will also add robotics curriculum to its fifth-grade science classes. The district is partnering with Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering, which provides teacher training and certification. Students who complete the engineering course pathway will move to the front of the registration line for Cal Poly's engineering program. School begins Monday, Aug. 17. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Expands Plans for Community-wide College Fair

Baldwin Park Unified School District is expanding its annual College Fair to include additional workshops, parent and alumni panel discussions, and community group representatives as a way of delivering college information tailored to meet the differing needs of families with students in high school, middle school and elementary school. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at Baldwin Park High School, 3900 N. Puente Ave., Baldwin Park. Transportation and childcare will be provided; student groups will entertain and sell food as fundraisers. The event is free and open to the entire community. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Launches Newsletter in Partnership with City

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified sent home its first community newsletter this week, part of a partnership with the City of Baldwin Park. The district newsletter is included in Baldwin Park NOW, a tabloid-sized community newsletter sent to more than 20,000 homes across the city. The inaugural edition includes articles about district achievements and instructional improvements coming in 2015-16. The newsletter will appear six times a year. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Invests in College, Career Readiness Programs in 2015-16

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified will invest in a host of programs in 2015-16 – including an International Baccalaureate program, an alternative learning academy, STEM programs and added rigor for Advanced Placement and honors classes – to prepare students for success in college or careers as part of its 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plan, adopted June 23, spells out how the district will spend $13 million to benefit high-needs student groups – foster children, English learners and economically disadvantaged students – as well as programs for all students. Baldwin Park will launch extended school year offerings, chances to make up classes or improve grades during summer and a program to help ease the transition from middle school to high school. Teacher development will be a key priority as will a $2.5 million investment in the district’s educational technology. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified Runs e-Textbook, Chromebook Pilot Programs

The first of two electronic textbook pilot efforts at Baldwin Park Unified has returned overwhelming praise for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt materials used on Google Chromebooks. Some 36 eighth-graders at Sierra Vista Middle School and 30 10th-graders at Sierra Vista High School conducted an electronic curriculum trial on the Chromebooks in spring to determine engagement levels. Baldwin Park Unified is one of just two districts in California and four across the U.S. authorized for the pilot by Google and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The pilot was originally scheduled to run nine weeks, but middle school teacher Gabriela Lopez and high school teacher Rafael Marquez received an extension to continue through spring. A second pilot effort will be conducted at four middle schools and two high schools during spring 2016 even as the district builds wireless capacity to support use of additional computer devices by students. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Board of Education to Consider Adoption of 2015-18 Accountability Plan

Baldwin Park Unified’s Board of Education will consider adoption of the 2015-18 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at the District Administration Center, 3699 N. Holly Ave., Baldwin Park. The document – available for public review at the administration center – outlines the district’s vision for educational improvements over three years, sets annual goals and lists actions to achieve those goals. The plan was launched this year with a focus on transition to the California Common Core State Standards, providing access to new instructional materials and preparing students for online assessments. The LCAP was updated over the course of the year with input from students, parents, staff and community members. The board is also scheduled to adopt its 2015-16 budget. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Baldwin Park Unified to Spend $1.5 Million to Bolster Math Instruction

Baldwin Park Unified will spend a $593,903 federal award to enhance math and science instruction for disadvantaged youths in grades six through 11 in 2015-16, the first installment of a $1.5 million, three-year California Mathematics and Science Partnership. The partnership, administered by the state Department of Education, provides professional development for teachers in science, technology, math and science, or STEM. Baldwin Park Unified will work with the University of California, Irvine Math Project to provide math teachers 60 hours of professional development, hands-on lessons and other math resources. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More