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East Whittier City School District

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  • 14535 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier CA, 90605 • 562-907-5900
  • East Whittier City School District serves students through 10 elementary schools and four middle schools. The District, in partnership with parents, endeavors to motivate, inspire, and encourage all students to use their unique potentials to reach their highest level of academic achievement and emotional and physical well-being.

  • Superintendent: Mary Branca
  • Board of Trustees: Paul Gardiner, president; Chrstine Chacon Sullivan, vice president; Armando Urteaga, clerk; Dimitri Elbling, member; Carlos Aparicio, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 8,891

East Whittier Named Honor Roll District for Fourth Consecutive Year

East Whittier City School District was named to the 2015 District Honor Roll by the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) for the fourth consecutive year as one of the state’s 15 higher-performing districts, where student achievement outpaces comparable schools. The District accepted the 2015 award and an accompanying banner at its Sept. 12 board meeting. The District Honor Roll is one element of CBEE’s comprehensive Honor Roll, which includes individual public K-8 and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier City School District Aces State Exams

East Whittier City School District students outperformed state and county averages and showed substantial year-over-year improvement in the state’s second round of testing on the new California Standards for English language arts (ELA) and math. Students testing proficient in ELA jumped by almost 6 percentage points while math proficiency climbed by almost 5 percentage points. English learners showed the greatest improvement with an 8 percentage point upswing in ELA and an almost 7 percentage point increase in math. The District credits rising scores to frequent monitoring of student progress. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier City School District Upgrades Three Elementary Campuses

East Whittier City School District staff rolled up their sleeves this summer to make much-needed repairs to three elementary schools. Evergreen Elementary School received fresh paint, new windows, fencing, carpet and reconditioned playground equipment. Playground equipment was reconditioned and was drought-tolerant landscaping installed at Murphy Elementary. The library at Mulberry Elementary was painted and recarpeted. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

East Whittier City Board of Education Approves First Phase of School Modernization Projects

The East Whittier City School District Board of Education has approved the first round of campus modernization and repairs through money raised via the $94 million measures R and Z bonds, approved by voters in November 2016. Beginning in summer, Laurel, Mulberry, Orchard Dale and La Colima elementary schools will receive the following upgrades: roofing repair; painted lunch shelters, covered walkways and storage bins; asphalt/concrete replacement; fencing; flooring abatement and flooring installation. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More

East Whittier Introduces New Elementary Administrators Following Start of 2016-17 School Year

The East Whittier City School District has appointed two new principals and an assistant principal to kick off the new school year at Orchard Dale and Ocean View elementary schools. Leading Ocean View Elementary is a 16-year veteran of the District, Tim Strand; Renee Mackay will helm Orchard Dale Elementary as principal after working in education for 18 years; and Kim Songer, who has 26 years of experience in education, will serve as assistant principal at Ocean View Elementary. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos

East Whittier Schools Expand Music, STEM Programs

Fifth-grade students at East Whittier City School District now have the added opportunity to learn to play the piano as part of the District’s expanding music program. The District’s bolstering music program is available at all three middle schools, with East Whittier Middle School earning recognition as a nationally awarded program. As students kick off the 2016-17 school year, they can take advantage of the District’s rich visual and performing arts program, which provides bi-weekly instruction to students in kindergarten to fifth grade. To boost their learning during the summer months, students from several District elementary schools spent two weeks in June immersed in a Summer STEM Academy, running science experiments, playing math games, conducting research, learning to code and sharpening engineering skills. Media Contact: Marika Bastrmajian, 909-445-1001 (office)Read More Photos