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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

Clifton Middle Robotics Team Prevails at Netherlands Competition as Sole American Team

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School robotics team – the Hippie Bots – won the FIRST Tech Challenge Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Netherlands, held May 19-20. The only U.S. representative and youngest team, the Hippie Bots topped a field of high school and college teams. The team went 5-0 in qualifying rounds and finished first in its division. The team also won the Think Award, which is given to the team that best reflects the journey members took during the engineering design process. Photos are available Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Olympic Medalist Celebrates 12th Annual Monrovia Elementary Olympic Games with Students

Follow-up Story: Kim Rhode, a six-time Olympic medalist in double trap and skeet shooting, joined nearly 500 Monrovia Unified fourth- and fifth-graders from the District’s five elementary schools for the 12th annual Monrovia Unified Elementary Olympic Games on March 30 at Monrovia High School’s Wildcat Stadium. Monrovia Unified students, teachers, District administrators and community members joined Rhode in cheering on students throughout the daylong event as they competed in the 100-yard dash, 4x400 relay, softball throws, football punt and jump rope, among other events. Photos are available Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia High Hosts First Showcase for Incoming Freshmen

Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School welcomed about 400 Monrovia Unified eighth-graders and 600 parents in the school’s Event Center on March 7 for the District’s inaugural eighth-grade showcase, when future freshmen learned of the myriad opportunities awaiting them in August. Students and parents learned about such programs as robotics, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Renaissance leadership, drama, band, cheer and more. The event highlighted Monrovia High’s four academies: The Math and Science Academy has immersed students in STEM fields for nine years, while the Humanities Academy, IT Academy and Early College program are additions for the Class of 2020. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Middle School Celebrates Schools to Watch Listing

Follow-up Story: Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School will hold a celebration at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3 after earning a spot on the 2016 California Schools to Watch list, one of only 11 schools in Los Angeles County to make the grade. Launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, the list identifies schools across the United States that share three features: academic excellence, developmentally responsive to early adolescence and social equity. The school accepted the award on Feb. 23 and will be honored June 21-24 in Washington, D.C. Clifton is at 226 S. Ivy Ave., Monrovia. Photos are available. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)

Monrovia Unified’s Plymouth Elementary Opens Enrollment for Innovative Kindergarten Programs

Monrovia Unified’s Plymouth Elementary School has opened enrollment for its innovative Code to the Future, Mandarin dual-language immersion programs and Spring Kindergarten. Students in Plymouth’s cutting-edge Code to the Future computer science courses program robots using sophisticated block coding. Code to the Future is integrated into all classrooms from transitional kindergarten through fifth grade.Plymouth also offers a dual-language Mandarin immersion program for students in transitional kindergarten through second grade. Dual-language programs have been shown to boost academic performance, increase understanding of diverse cultures and prepare students for the global job market. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

Monrovia Unified Robotics Teams Advance to LA Regional Championships

Six Monrovia Unified robotics teams will advance to the Los Angeles Regional Championships on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Monrovia High School after posting high scores at an interleague competition on Feb. 12. Monrovia High’s Droidnoughts, Kings and Queens, Suitbots and Team Loki; Santa Fe Middle School’s Cougarobotics Omega; and Clifton Middle School’s Hippie Bots will compete against 43 other teams at the Regional Championships, where they will code their way toward a chance to battle at the Superregionals in Tacoma, Washington. Monrovia High is at 845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)

Monrovia Unified’s Canyon Oaks Named Model Continuation High School

Monrovia Unified’s Canyon Oaks High School has been named a 2017 Model Continuation High School by the state for guiding graduates into four-year universities, raising test scores and preparing at-risk youth for college and careers. The school will be recognized at the 2017 California Continuation Education Association State Conference in Fresno, to be held April 28-30. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More

Monrovia High Celebrates 50th Anniversary of CIF Basketball Victory

Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School on Feb. 9 unveiled a replica 1966-67 banner in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the school’s boys basketball CIF championship team. The banner was revealed during halftime of the final home game of the regular season. Monrovia High also honored its senior boys basketball players with a farewell celebration. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia High Alum Returns to Discuss Career as Disney Animator

Follow-up Story: Ron Husband, the first African-American animator to work for Disney Studios, returned to his alma mater, Monrovia High School, on Feb. 10 to discuss his career as part of Monrovia Unified’s celebration of Black History Month. Husband began with Disney in the early 1970s and worked on more than 20 Disney projects, including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Husband, a Class of ’68 graduate, credits his Monrovia High art teacher for preparing him for the opportunity to work for a major movie studio. Photos are available. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos

Monrovia Unified Administrator Honored for Promoting Student Success

Follow-up Story: Susan Hirsch, administrator of the new Wellness Center at Monrovia High School, on Jan. 20 received the city’s Chamber of Commerce Iris Award, Monrovia’s equivalent of a Citizen of the Year Award. During her 30 years with Monrovia Unified, Hirsch has served as a special education teacher and an administrator for intervention and extended school programs, created adult school parent education programs and championed at-risk youths’ efforts to complete their education. Media Contact: Lindsay Ivins, 909-206-5480 (office) or 480-335-3149 (cell)Read More Photos