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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 Williams, vice president; Ed Gililland, clerk; Chris Rich, member; Rob Hammond, member
  • 2015-16 Enrollment: 5,838

Monrovia Unified Dual Immersion School Holds Moon and Stars Night

Follow-up Story: Plymouth Elementary families gazed at a rising, red moon through telescopes, made glowing multi-colored paper lanterns and tasted sweet Chinese moon cakes during the school’s first Moon and Stars Night, celebrating the mid-autumn, or moon, festival on Oct. 6. Plymouth offers a Mandarin dual-immersion program for students in kindergarten through second grade, providing an interactive academic environment for students to learn Mandarin along with the California Standards. The program aims to have students become bilingual and bi-literate in Mandarin while understanding and appreciating Chinese culture. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Village Program to Host State Sen. Portantino at Lights On After School Celebration

State Sen. Anthony Portantino will join Monrovia Unified School District Village Extended School Program students and families for a Lights On After School celebration from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Santa Fe Middle School, 148 W. Duarte Road, Monrovia. The award-winning Village Program, which provides before- and after-school support for over 600 elementary and middle school students, will recognize high-achieving students from Santa Fe Middle, Monroe and Plymouth elementary schools. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More

Monrovia High Student Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Monrovia High School Senior Nathan Nakamura has been selected as a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist for earning a high score on his PSAT, placing him in the top 1 percent of high school seniors across the nation. Nakamura earned a 1500 out of a possible 1520 PSAT score. Nakamura was among 16,000 semifinalists selected from 1.6 million students who applied by taking the PSAT. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Whittier Union District College Fair to Encourage Students to Explore Academic Opportunities

Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School on Sept. 12 hosted its annual college fair, featuring more than 60 colleges, military service branches and test prep organizations. Monrovia High junior Imani Martin’s track performances have already caught the attention of University of Oregon coaches, but her ambitions for a career in sports medicine or as a business entrepreneur inspired her to explore financial aid packages offered by the participating college fair universities. Photos are available Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More

Monrovia Unified Middle School Celebrates STEM Lab Opening

Follow-up Story: Clifton Middle School community members on Sept. 7 celebrated the opening of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classroom equipped with the latest learning tools and technologies, including a laser cutter and four 3-D printers. Clifton is one of five schools in the nation to win Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Fab School Labs contest, receiving a grant of $100,000 to provide a rigorous classroom environment that will prepare students for high-demand careers. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More

Monrovia Unified Students Experience First Solar Eclipse Through Handmade Viewing Devices

Follow-up Story: Students at Monrovia Unified’s Wild Rose Elementary School peeked through square openings in sun projectors made from cardboard shoe boxes to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Monrovia Unified students learned about astronomy through the celestial phenomenon. Some students made viewing devices in classes while others looked to the sky in safety sun glasses. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Reopens Middle School as Computer Science Magnet

Follow-up Story: Students at Monrovia Unified’s Santa Fe Middle School guided a robot to launch plastic balls into a basket and ran a green screen photo booth as their community celebrated the reopening of their school as a computer science magnet on Sept. 6. Monrovia Unified expanded opportunities for students to learn computer science skills and concepts in partnership with Code to the Future, a leading creator of immersive computer science curricula. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More

Monrovia Unified Board Advocates in Washington D.C. for Increased Special Needs Funding

Monrovia Unified’s Board of Education members advocated throughout Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. from June 21-24, urging California elected officials to secure more funds for special education services. Board of Education members met with Rep. Judy Chu and staff for Rep. Grace Napolitano, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and U.S. Department of Education program specialist Matthew G. Schneer in Washington, D.C. to relay the challenges school districts face in subsidizing federally mandated special education services without sufficient funding. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified, Azusa Pacific Partnership Guarantees Admission

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified leaders signed a partnership with Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, aiming to provide high school students a pathway to a high-quality, affordable university education. The program creates a guaranteed admission pathway for students who meet entrance requirements, including financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, application fee waivers and programs to assist with college readiness and the application process. Photos are available Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Board of Education Approves 2017-20 LCAP

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified School District will invest more than $6 million during the 2017-18 school year to provide better classroom instruction for student achievement in math, improve literacy rates, and ensure all of its schools are welcoming and comprehensive for students and parents as part of the 2017-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The Board of Education voted to approve the LCAP on June 28. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)