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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

Six Baldwin Park Unified Schools Earn California Gold Ribbons

Six Baldwin Park Unified schools were named Tuesday as California Gold Ribbon Schools – the state’s highest award for academic excellence – giving the district a win for every application submitted. The awards, which have temporarily replaced the California Distinguished School Program, go to secondary campuses that successfully implement new academic content and performance standards for all students, including English learners, as demonstrated through model programs chosen by the schools. In all, the state honored 193 middle schools and 180 high schools. Baldwin Park Unified’s Holland Middle, Jones Junior High, Olive Middle, Sierra Vista Junior High, Baldwin Park High and Sierra Vista High schools were recognized for best practices that ranged from boosting parent and community involvement and STEM programs to closing the achievement gap and reducing absenteeism and dropouts. The schools also earned an additional award for being Title I Academic Achieving Schools. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More

Two Sierra Vista High Students Win Gates Millennium Scholarships

Diego Hernandez and Timothy Valdez – both seniors at Baldwin Park Unified’s Sierra Vista High – are two of the 1,000 nationwide recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which covers all college costs and possibly all graduate school costs for high-performing, low-income students. Hernandez, who has a 4.56 GPA, will study aerospace engineering at USC in pursuit of a dream to put the first human on Mars. Valdez, who has a 4.22 GPA, will study medicine at Claremont McKenna College en route to becoming a doctor. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)

Baldwin Park Unified Students Donate 500 Books for Area Children

Follow-up Story: Kenmore Elementary third-graders on May 20 donated 500 books gathered by the students during an April “book-raising” event to a local church for distribution to neighborhood children. The donation will be made at the students’ Kenmore classroom, 3823 Kenmore Ave., Baldwin Park. The students coordinated the book-gathering event on their own, after being inspired by teacher Margarita Berdeja, who was recently named 2015 Teacher of the Year by LegiSchool in recognition of her promotion of civic learning through project-based activities. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified’s North Park High School Honored as State Model Continuation School

Baldwin Park Unified’s North Park High School is being honored at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 by the District Board of Trustees as a 2015 California Model Continuation School for providing an innovative, student-focused program that boosted student credit completion rates to 97 percent and graduation rates to 92.4 percent in 2013-14. Treustees meet at the District Administration Center, 3699 N. Holly Ave., Baldwin Park. The three-year designation by the California Department of Education is a first for North Park, which serves between 300 and 400 students a year. School leaders slashed the dropout rate to 5.9 percent and cut suspensions/expulsions to 7.9 percent from 28.2 percent in two years. The school, along with 28 other 2015 designees, was also honored at the 2015 California Continuation Education Association State Conference held May 1-3 in Burlingame. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)