San Gabriel Unified School District

  • Gabrielino High Speech and Debate Program Celebrates 3 Academic All-Americans

    Three speech and debate students at San Gabriel Unified’s Gabrielino High School have received national acclaim as Academic All-Americans, a designation given by the National Speech and Debate Association for excellence in academics and at speech and debate tournaments. Seniors Andrew Do, Kenny Le and Jaycob Wahinehookae received the recognition this year, joining nearly 100 Gabrielino Academic All-Americans throughout the program’s 25-year history.

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  • San Gabriel Unified Opens 2019-20 Enrollment for Early Learning Programs

    San Gabriel Unified School District has opened enrollment for its kindergarten and transitional kindergarten programs, providing robust early learning opportunities and preparation for the social and academic rigor of elementary school. Program offerings include a 1:1 student-to-tech device ratio, award-winning music immersion instruction, Spanish dual-language immersion, a Leader in Me schoolwide model and STEM curriculum supported by fully equipped labs. Visit to enroll online.

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  • San Gabriel Unified Elementary Launches Program to Cultivate Positive School Environment

    More than 500 Washington Elementary students, parents and staff members gathered on Feb. 5 to celebrate the launch of its Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program, which helps create a positive school setting through strategies that define, teach and support appropriate student behaviors. While Washington is the first San Gabriel Unified school to implement the program fully, Jefferson Middle, Wilson Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary schools also use PBIS strategies on campus.

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San Gabriel Unified Graduate Beats Adversity to Pursue College

Facing extreme hardship and homelessness, Del Mar Continuation High graduate Kenneth French beat all odds, refusing to let adversity hold him back from the future he desired. After earning a 3.8 GPA and a 100 percent attendance rate his senior year, he is beginning a new chapter this fall as a freshman at Pasadena City College to pursue a career in medicine or law.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary School Adds After-School Mandarin Language Class

Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified’s Mandarin language enrichment program, which aims to increase cultural understanding while teaching bilingual skills, will add a class for second- and third-grade students in fall. The program, held at McKinley Elementary School, will serve 15 students in second and third grade and 15 students in fourth and fifth grade. Visit for enrollment information.

Gabrielino High Speech and Debate Program Earns Top Honors at National Tournament

Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified’s keystone high school speech and debate program earned the Bruno E. Jacob Award – the highest honor granted to the program with the most cumulative rounds of competition – at the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament, which concluded June 23 in Birmingham, Alabama. Team co-captain Tim Chung, a native Mandarin speaker who emigrated to the United States in 2003, also scored fifth place in the international extemporaneous category. Photos are available

San Gabriel Unified Grads Named to Academic All-American Speech Team

Follow-up Story: Twelve Gabrielino High School graduates were named to the 2017 National Speech and Debate Academic All-American Team, an honor reserved for students who have attained at least a 3.7 GPA, an SAT score of 2100 and who have earned superior distinction (750 points) at speech competitions. Nine of the 12 graduates culminated their high school speech careers at the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament, held June 18-23 in Birmingham, Alabama Photos are available

San Gabriel Unified’s Future Business Leaders Team Thrives at Conference

Follow-up Story: Gabrielino High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program brought home individual and group awards from the 2017 National FBLA Leadership Conference, which concluded on July 2 in Anaheim. Seniors Bianca Lee and Emily Wang won fourth place in the publication design category, while sophomores Casey Lee and Jiin Lee won seventh place in the graphic design category. Gabrielino’s chapter also earned the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, which recognizes outstanding local chapters for active involvement in FBLA projects and programs. Photos are available.

San Gabriel Unified Drama Instructor Receives City Volunteer Award

Follow-up Story: Gabrielino High School drama instructor and theater manager JC Gafford received the Selfless Volunteer Award from the San Gabriel City Services Commission, recognizing his behind-the-scenes efforts at the city’s Haunted Zone, an annual Halloween event that offers spooky haunted houses, cemeteries or mazes staffed by Gabrielino drama students. Gafford, who teaches stagecraft technology and drama at Gabrielino High, was honored by the city on June 5. Photos are available

San Gabriel Unified Grad to Compete at National Speech, Debate Tourney

Gabrielino High School graduate Alexandra Singleton and 19 of her peers will compete in the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament June 18-23 in Birmingham, Alabama. Singleton, who placed second in her category at the California High School Speech Association State Championship earlier this year, is the all-time point leader in Gabrielino’s nationally acclaimed speech and debate program.

San Gabriel Unified Schools Celebrate Graduation of Nearly 500 Students

Follow-up Story: San Gabriel Unified School District honored nearly 500 graduates from Gabrielino and Del Mar high schools during commencement ceremonies on May 31 and June 1 that featured impassioned speeches from students who overcame personal and academic challenges. Nearly 94 percent of Gabrielino’s graduates will pursue a college education, and all of Del Mar’s graduates have taken steps to pursue post-secondary education.

San Gabriel Unified Elementary Earns Grant for Garden, Nutrition Efforts

Roosevelt Elementary School has received a $3,425 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation to expand its school garden. The grant will help Roosevelt create a garden bed for each classroom, boosting opportunities for hands-on learning about nutrition and wellness.