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Monrovia Unified School District

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  • 325 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 • 626-471-2000
  • Nestled in the San Gabriel foothills, Monrovia Unified School District is an award-winning district, offering world-class schools and programs for students of all ages. Five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one comprehensive high school provide the core K-12 program. These are augmented by an Early Learning Center (child development and pre-K programs), an alternative campus (independent study, home schooling and continuation high school), and a large, active adult school.

  • Superintendent: Katherine Thorossian
  • Board of Trustees: Bryan Wong, president; Terrence William, vice president; Ed Gililland, clerk; Chris Rich, member; Rob Hammond, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 5,838

Monrovia Unified to Hold Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremonies

Monrovia Unified School District will hold graduation ceremonies in early June for its comprehensive high school and alternative high schools. On 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, graduations will be held for Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park independent study program at the Monrovia Community Center, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Monrovia High School will hold its commencement ceremony at the school’s Wildcat Stadium, 845 W. Colorado Blvd, Monrovia. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

Clifton Middle School Cub Academy Students Serve Up Tie-Dye Shirts, Cupcakes During Wacky Tacky Party

Follow-up Story: Special needs students at Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School wore tie-dye shirts and glow wigs during a “Wacky Tacky” party presented by Cub Academy Event Planning students on May 19. The students decorated cupcakes, played board games and designed tie-dye shirts. The Clifton Cub Academy is a seventh-period elective class. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Middle School Announces New Name, Principal, Goals at Open House

Follow-up Story: Santa Fe Middle School students launched bottle rockets and gave energetic dance and choir performances at a May 25 open house that unveiled a new name, mission and principal. Now known as Santa Fe Computer Magnet School, the campus will provide a computer science immersion curriculum and will be led by Dr. Geoff Zamarripa, a long-time El Monte City School District educator. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Students, Programs Shine at Monrovia Days Community Festival

Follow-up Story: Monrovia residents were treated to a lively sight on May 20 as Monrovia Unified students – dressed as Princess Leia, Batman and other heroes – danced atop a star-spangled float in the Monrovia Days community festival parade. The event honored hometown heroes, including doctors and nurses, firefighters, police officers, men and women in the U.S. military, and student leaders. The District staffed more than half a dozen booths to highlight its award-winning programs, including robotics, ceramics and computer coding. Photos are available Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Students Experience Drunken Driving Dangers through Simulated Auto Crash

Follow-up Story: Twisted metal, broken glass and pools of fake blood on May 16 littered West Colorado Boulevard in front of Monrovia High School, where a simulation of a car collision drove home the dangers of driving under the influence. Monrovia High School’s “Every 15 Minutes” two-day event on May 16-17 also included a mock funeral and removal of students from classes to show the loss of life to drunken driving. Photos are available Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Schools Named to 2016 Honor Roll for Strong Academic Achievement

Follow-up Story: A Monrovia Unified high school and elementary school were named this week to the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE) 2016 Honor Roll, which highlights higher-performing schools that narrow achievement gaps between student populations. Monrovia High and Mayflower Elementary were honored as Star Schools, a category for schools with a third or more students from high-poverty homes. Media Contact: Media contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School Earns Gold Ribbon Award for Intervention Program

Students, teachers and staff recently celebrated their newest California Gold Ribbon for the school’s Cub Academy, which provides an individualized support system for students based on their needs. Announced April 18, the Gold Ribbon award recognizes California schools who have found success in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

Monrovia High Students Partner with Professionals on ‘King Lear’

Twenty-three drama students from Monrovia High School are partnering with Pasadena theater company A Noise Within to bring the students’ rendition of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” to life at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. Monrovia High students observed a professional production meeting and sat in on a table read of A Noise Within’s “King Lear” production. Students will use the theater company’s set and stage in Pasadena when they perform their take on the classical play. A Noise Within is at 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

Monrovia Unified Posts Record-Breaking Graduation Rates for 2015-16

Expanded college and career preparedness opportunities, emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, and promotion of the arts have helped raise Monrovia Unified’s graduation rates to record highs in 2015-16. Monrovia Unified’s graduation rate is up from 85.9 percent in 2014-15 to 92.6 percent in 2015-16 – the district's best overall performance since the state began tracking figures for four-year student cohorts. Graduation performance by major student subgroups – Hispanic/Latino, white and socioeconomically disadvantaged – mirror the District's overall rate. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

State Senator Advocates for After-School Program during Monrovia Unified

Follow-up Story: Students at Monrovia Unified’s Monroe Elementary made the case for more after-school funding as they guided state Sen. Anthony Portantino around campus on April 14, showing him their outdoor obstacle course, marble tunnel shoots and paper plate paintings. Portantino, whose district includes Monrovia, visited the school as part of a Los Angeles County Office of Education effort to boost funding for California’s After School Education and Safety program. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos