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District Announcements
Moving Ahead in the Digital Age Community Forum!
Alan November, a renowned leader in international education technology and innovation, will be the keynote speaker for “Moving Ahead in the Digital Age.” This free event is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Arcadia High School. Read more here
4 Arcadia High Students Honored by College Board!
Four Arcadia High School seniors have been honored by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program for their academic excellence. Eva Molina, Ryan Chavez, Samuel Iovine, and Rafael Gomez-Carrasco received this prestigious distinction from the College Board, which represents the top 2% of eligible students nationwide. Read more here
31 Arcadia High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!
An impressive 31 students from Arcadia High School have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. This prestigious recognition represents less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States. Read more here
Patrick Tierney Named AUSD Teacher of the Year!
The Arcadia Unified School District is pleased to announce Patrick Tierney as its Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year. Tierney, who speaks fluent Spanish, Latin, and Portuguese, has been a Spanish and literature teacher at Arcadia High School since 1987. Read more
AUSD is now on Facebook!
Stay in touch throughout the new 2014-2015 school year, and receive important news and updates from your school and the district! Go here to like our page! 
AUSD Welcomes Four New Principals!
The Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education unanimously agreed to the selections of Tom Bruce at First Avenue Middle School, Teresa Oakland at Holly Avenue Elementary School, Ben Acker at Foothills Middle School, and Lauren Leahy at Hugo Reid Elementary School. Read more here
Congrats to the Class of 2014!
Common Core Days Added Next Year
Arcadia Unified School District is pleased to announce that seven Common Core Days have been added to the 2014-2015 school year. All students will be released at 11:40 a.m. on Common Core Days. Read more here
New State Testing Goes Smoothly for Arcadia Unified
The first year of testing with the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the new standardized state test in California, went well for the Arcadia Unified School District. More than 15,000 tests were administered to approximately 5,000 students. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 were tested in English Language Arts and Math. Read more here
Arcadia High School Lip Dub!
Arcadia High ASB Students Donate $100,000 to District!
Students from Arcadia High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) donated $100,000 to the Arcadia Unified School District. Past, present, and future ASB students joined together to make the generous donation. Read more here.
AUSD Local Control Accountability Plan

The state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) legislation requires school districts to provide their communities the opportunity to respond to the school district’s LCAP in writing. We have been utilizing input from various meetings with parents, staff, and students along with survey data to develop our LCAP. Posted at this link are the LCAP Executive Summary (in English and Chinese) and the LCAP plan in its required state template format. We welcome your comments, which may be posted on my Blog, sent to me via email at, or sent to me at the Arcadia Education Center, 150 South Third Ave., Arcadia 91006 by May 31, 2014. Copies of the LCAP are also available at the Arcadia Education Center.

Thank you for taking the time to review this important plan,

Joel Shawn

Arcadia High School Receives Prestigious Gold Medal Ranking!
U.S. News and World Report has named Arcadia High School as one of its gold medal schools in its “2014 Best High Schools” national rankings. Less than three percent of the more than 19,000 schools that were evaluated earned a gold medal. Read more here
Arcadia High School Student Aces ACT Exam!

Earning the top score on the ACT College Admission and Placement Exam is achieved by less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the test. Arcadia High School junior Kevin Chou was one of the few to achieve this rare feat. Read More here
Medal of Honor Recipient Visits Arcadia High School!

The first living person to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War spoke to nearly one thousand students and teachers at Arcadia High School on Thursday.

Read more here.

KABC Radio Report: Arcadia Spelling Bee Champ!
First Avenue Middle School student Kai Morita wins L.A. County Spelling Bee and qualifies for the state competition!
Arcadia Unified Celebrates Grand Opening of Compressed Natural Gas Station!
Thanks to nearly $500,000 in grants, the Arcadia Unified School District celebrates the opening of its new compressed natural gas (CNG) station. The new CNG station is estimated to save the district up to $40,000 in fuel and maintenance costs per year. It will also continue AUSD’s mission of being a greener and more environmentally friendly district. Read More Here
Making the Transition to Common Core

Arcadia Unified School District is utilizing a talented team of its own educators to help make the crucial transition to the new Common Core State Standards. Read more here

New Online Application for Meals Program!
AUSD has launched a new online application for its meals program. For each student who qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals, the savings can equal more than $1,400 per school year. Under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) adopted by the state, school districts will also receive additional money for each student who qualifies. Read more here.  
22 Arcadia High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!
Students hold up their notification letters and pose for pictures with school board members, superintendent, deputy superintendent, principal, and counselors after being notified of their remarkable accomplishment! The national merit scholarship program is one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded in the country. Congratulations to all our amazing semifinalists!
Arcadia High Boys Cross Country Team Wins State Championship!
State Champs! 
Congratulations to the AHS Boys Cross Country Team on winning its second consecutive CIF State Championship, and third in four years! Way to go Apaches and good luck at Nationals! 
Arcadia Unified School District is now on Twitter!
Arcadia High Student Earns Rare Perfect Score on AP Exam!

Nathan Chou, a senior at Arcadia High School, earns a rare perfect score on his Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Of the 3,938,100 AP exams taken in 2013, Chou was one of just 11 students in the world that reached perfection on the AP Calculus BC Exam.
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Arcadia Unified Expanding AVID Program!

The Arcadia Unified School District is placing a renewed focus on students in the academic middle who have the potential and motivation to be among the top-performing students in the district. Read more here

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