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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 to Hold Grand Opening for Computer Science Magnet

Monrovia Unified will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 to celebrate the opening of Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School, 148 W. Duarte Road, Monrovia. The school takes on the focus this year, launching a Code to the Future program along with rigorous new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) core curriculum. The event will include a tour of computer science-infused classrooms. Media Contact: Nancy Yeang, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-331-6646 (cell)

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)

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