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Bassett Unified School District

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  • 904 North Willow Avenue La Puente , CA 91746 • 626-931-3000
  • Bassett Unified School District operates four elementary schools, an intermediate school, a comprehensive high school, a continuation high school, an adult education program and an early childhood education program.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Alex J. Rojas
  • Board of Trustees: Dolores Rivera, president; Javier Romo, vice president; Armando Barajas, board clerk; Paul Solano, board member; Natalie M. Ybarra, board member

Bassett Unified Graduation Rates Leap to 97.1 Percent

Bassett Unified’s graduation rate jumped nearly 4 percentage points to reach 97.1 percent in 2015-16, driven by a focus on providing state-of-the-art classroom technology, infusing schools with a college-going environment and boosting parent engagement to support academics at home. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett Unified Unveils Campus Visitor Photo Identification System

Bassett Unified schools are now running background checks on school visitors by scanning passports or driver licenses through a database-linked security system to increase campus safety. The RAPTOR Visitor Management System has been installed at all six schools: Bassett High, Torch Middle, Edgewood Academy, Don Julian Elementary, Sunkist Elementary and Van Wig Elementary. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Graduation Rate Jumps to 97.1 Percent

Bassett Unified School District’s high school graduation rate jumped nearly 4 percentage points to 97.1 percent in 2015-16, closing the achievement gap for English learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged and special education students. At the same time, the District’s dropout rate fell from 3.6 to 1.4 percent. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Elementary School Students Explore Careers

Follow-up Story: Students from Bassett Unified’s Don Julian Elementary explored careers and spoke with industry professionals during the school’s second annual career day on April 7. Students selected from among five 30-minute sessions to listen to lawyers, engineers, photographers and others to learn about the day-to-day life of their professions. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Hosts Career Fair for Community Residents

Bassett Unified School District will host a career fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27 to provide residents with the chance to meet local employers, learn about employment opportunities and explore their career goals. The fair will be at Bassett Adult School, 943 N. Sunkist Ave., La Puente. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Edgewood Academy Raises More Than $900 to Support Children Affected by Cancer

Follow-up Story: Students across Edgewood Academy helped to raise over $900 for Camp Kesem, an organization that supports children who lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatments or whose parent is a cancer survivor. Students created a goal of raising $700 and brought in a dollar or more twice a week to raise the funds over two weeks. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett High Wins Honorable Mention at L.A. County Science and Engineering Fair

Follow-up Story: Bassett High School senior Hector Rios and juniors Brianna Rodriguez and Daniela Leal won an honorable mention at the L.A. County Office of Education’s 67th Science and Engineering Fair in March for showing how discarded medicine damages local bodies of water. The contest included 150 schools. Photos are available. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Bassett High Marching Band Wins Sweepstakes in Laguna Beach Parade

Follow-up Story: Bassett High School’s marching band showcased its hard work and talents at the 51st Patriots Day Parade in Laguna Beach on March 4, earning first place in the Band Sweepstakes category. The band members marched just under a mile from Park Avenue, finishing their set near Laguna Beach City Hall. The annual Laguna Beach parade honors veterans’ service in times of war and celebrates American freedom. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

Bassett Unified Students Write, Illustrate Books for Read Across America Celebration

Follow-up Story: Nearly 30 students in Bassett Unified's Torch Middle School Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program read stories for Read Across America on March 2 that they wrote and illustrated as part of their Pre-Advanced Placement Writing course. The middle school students joined administrators and community members to read to Bassett Unified elementary school students on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The students spent three months creating storyboards and editing their books before reading to the elementary school students. Bassett Unified elementary schools also participated in other activities and themed days throughout the week, including dressing up as their favorite literary character and listening to guest readers. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos