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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 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

Baldwin Park High School Digital Media Lab Prepares Students for Entertainment Industry

Baldwin Park High School’s digital media lab – equipped with 24 iMacs, a green screen and top-of-the-line film equipment – teaches students the skills needed to pursue entertainment-related degrees and careers. Students film and edit school sporting events, news broadcasting skits, commercials and public service announcements. They also create DVDs of school plays for sale. One highlight for many students is the annual Baldwin Park Unified Youth Film Festival, which provides an opportunity to showcase original short films. This is the fourth year that Baldwin Park High School has offered media production classes through the Impact Academy, one of three special academies within the school. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified’s College Fair Draws Over 1,000 Students, Families

Follow-up Story: More than 1,000 students and family members attended Baldwin Park Unified’s 11th annual College Fair on Sept. 30, gleaning tips for college and connecting with up to 31 colleges, universities, technical schools and U.S. service branches. Students included Jones Jr. High seventh-grader Trinity Heredia, who left with a stack of college packets, an idea of where she would like to go to college and what she plans to study. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Premieres Sleek, Modern Website

Baldwin Park Unified on Sept. 6 premiered a sleek new website that highlights student achievement and District programs while offering families multiple channels for engaging in their child’s education. Differences are immediate and dramatic, starting with a video of students at the top the page, intuitive navigation to the District’s calendar, Local Control and Accountability Plan, news and announcements, and recently created Facebook and Twitter social media communication channels. A translation button atop the site will allow parents to choose the language they wish to use when using the site. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Dedicates Stadium to Long-time Board Member

Follow-up Story: Baldwin Park Unified dedicated Sierra Vista High School’s stadium to retired board member Jack B. White on Sept. 22 during an emotional evening filled with testimonials from community leaders about how White’s decades of service have transformed the city and its schools. The stadium’s new name – Jack B. White Stadium – was unveiled during a halftime presentation along with a bronze plaque recounting the impact of White’s 22 years on the school board, 10 years as city mayor and leadership of community sports leagues. Media Contact: William Diepenbrock, 909-206-5304 (office) or 909-214-6909 (cell)Read More Photos

Baldwin Park Unified Launches 2017-18 Attendance Campaign

Baldwin Park Unified is launching an attendance campaign for the 2017-18 school year to drive academic achievement and success for all pupils. The “Attendance Matters – Every School Day Counts!" campaign begins Sept. 1, coinciding with national Attendance Awareness Month, held annually to underscore the critical role attendance plays in ensuring student success. Currently, Baldwin Park Unified averages 96 percent attendance – a robust performance overall. But school leaders want to combat challenges of chronic absenteeism that persist for a small number of students. The District aims to raise attendance rates to 97.5 percent. In addition to the academic benefits, a higher attendance rate would also secure added resources for educational programs. Baldwin Park Unified’s campaign 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