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The Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD) is a school district located in Arcadia, California. The district consists of six elementary schools: Holly Avenue, Longley Way, Baldwin Stocker, Camino Grove, Highland Oaks, and Hugo Reid; three middle schools: Richard Henry Dana Middle School, Foothills Middle School, and First Avenue Middle School; and the Arcadia High School.

History

Arcadia Unified School District was founded in 1952. Prior to 1952, students were part of the Arcadia/Monrovia/Duarte School District. Arcadia Unified School District offices were next to Arcadia High School on Campus Drive until July 1, 2013, when it moved to a two-floor office building located on 150 South Third Avenue in Arcadia.

In 2015, the district began a policy allowing transgender students use of facilities for the genders which they identify. Arcadia USD implemented the policy after it reached a settlement with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the cabin assignment of a transgender boy who went on a district-organized camping trip.[1]

Board of Education

The Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education members are elected at-large and composed of five members elected to a four-year term. The elections are held on a third Tuesday in April of odd-numbered years. Starting with the 2020 California Primary election, the Board of Education elections were held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of even-numbered years.

Schools

Middle schools cover grades 6 through 8, and feed into Arcadia High School. There are three Title 1 schools that receive federal funds for high percentages of low-income students: Longley Way Elementary School, Holly Avenue Elementary School, and Camino Grove Elementary School.*[1]

First Avenue Middle School

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Foothills Middle School

Foothills Middle School
Address
171 E. Sycamore Ave.

Arcadia
,
California
91006

United States
Coordinates34°09′12″N 118°01′34″W / 34.15345°N 118.02605°W / 34.15345; -118.02605Coordinates: 34°09′12″N 118°01′34″W / 34.15345°N 118.02605°W / 34.15345; -118.02605
Information
TypeMiddle school
Motto"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Established1952
School districtArcadia Unified School District
PrincipalBenjamin Acker
Faculty33
Grades6-8
Number of students771 (2012-2013)
MascotScottie dog
Websitefh.ausd.net

Feeder elementary schools to this student body population of 764[2] are primarily Highland Oaks Elementary and Hugo Reid Elementary.

Academic performance

For 2012-2013, Foothills attained an API of 977.[3] More than 90% of students scored in the advanced proficient category for English and Language Arts, Math, and Science. In the 2007-2008 school year, Foothills Middle School scored second in terms of API in all of the public school systems in California and was the 7th best middle school in California.

Improvement works

In the summer of 2006, the city passed Measure I, a school bond measure. A portion of the collected revenues will fund improvements at Foothills Middle School, which include converting classrooms to science labs, expanding the music building, upgrading the multipurpose room, the library, and the computer lab facilities. However, construction was not able to start because an inspection test revealed that the school was built on a large fault. Remodeling, however, will continue.

Richard Henry Dana Middle School

Richard Henry Dana Middle School is commonly known as Dana Middle School. It is located at 1401 First Ave. Arcadia CA, 91006. Mainly, elementary schools that feed to this middle school include Camino Grove Elementary School and Longley Way Elementary School. The school is a 2013 California Distinguished School and a 1997-1998 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[4]

References

  1. ^ Bosman, Julie and Motoko Rich. "As Transgender Students Make Gains, Schools Hesitate at Bathrooms." The New York Times. November 4, 2015. Retrieved on November 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Foothills Middle School School Facts and Accountability Information, 2012–2013". School Wise Press. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  3. ^ "Foothills Middle School, School Fact Sheet, 2012-2013" (PDF). School Wise Press. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  4. ^ "Dana Middle School: About Dana". da.ausd.net. Retrieved 2019-03-27.

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