CA School News Report

Monrovia Unified School District

  • 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 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

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