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Kelsey Brown Named as Baldwin Stocker Elementary School's New Principal
November 28, 2017

The Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education recently appointed Kelsey Brown as Principal of Baldwin Stocker Elementary School in a unanimous Board vote. Read more about Principal Brown here.
First Avenue's 110th Anniversary Celebration!
November 27, 2017
Arcadia Unified Middle Schools Take Top Rankings!
October 25, 2017
Arcadia Unified School District’s three middle schools, First Avenue, Foothills, and Dana, rank in the top 12 best public middle schools in the Los Angeles area, as reported by Read more here.
Digital Education Station: Personalized Learning 2
October 13, 2017

Arcadia Unified Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall discusses Personalized Learning and our recent Community Engagement Board of Education meeting, the journey and timeline of Personalized Learning in AUSD, and who owns the content that is entered into the AltSchool platform.
20 Arcadia High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
September 21, 2017
20 Arcadia High School students were recently distinguished as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. These skilled seniors join a group that represents less than one percent of high school seniors across the country. Read more about this story here.
Digital Education Station: Personalized Learning
September 21, 2017

Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall discusses Arcadia Unified's journey to personalized learning in the latest field trip edition of the Arcadia Unified Digital Education Station. 
Arcadia Unified Ranked as Best Place to Teach in Los Angeles
August 25, 2017
The Arcadia Unified School District ranks as the best place to teach in the Los Angeles Area according to Niche also rated Arcadia Unified at the top of the class in several other categories, naming the district as the #4 best place to teach in California, the #15 best school district in the state, and gave Arcadia Unified A+ ratings in overall school district, academics, teachers, and college prep. Read more about Arcadia Unified's 2018 Niche rankings here. 
AUSD New Parent Meeting
August 21, 2017

Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall welcomes and meets with new parents to the District to discuss expectations and the crucial role of our parents. 
August 2017 District Newsletter
July 31, 2017

Recent news and District highlights available in this month's Arcadia Unified District Delights available here.
July 2017 District Newsletter
July 18, 2017

Find recent news and district highlights in this month's Arcadia Unified District Delights by clicking here.
Arcadia Unified Most Watched & Must Watch Videos of 2016-2017 School Year!
July 5, 2017
The Top 10 list of the most watched and must watch Arcadia Unified videos for the 2016-2017 school year! See if your principal, classmate, colleague, or you made the list!  
ABC7 Students from Arcadia High School accepted to each of the Ivy Leagues for 2nd year in row!
June 9, 2017
ARCADIA, Calif. (KABC) -- For the second year in a row, at least one student from Arcadia High School's 2017 graduating class will be headed to each of the eight Ivy League Universities in the country. Full story here.
Arcadia High Students Accepted Into Every Ivy League University for Second Straight Year!
June 7, 2017
For the second straight year, the graduating class from Arcadia High School has at least one student accepted into every Ivy League University in the country. Stanley Yu, who will be attending Columbia University in the fall, has been named the Class Valedictorian. Read more here.
ABC7 Arcadia High School students volunteer to play taps at Field of Honor
May 26, 2017

A nice story from ABC7 about one of our students, Ian Howe a junior at Arcadia High, working with the Arcadia Rotary to honor our veterans, current military, law enforcement, firefighters, and community members. We are very proud to be working in collaboration with our community on such a dignified and beautiful tribute. Thank you all. Read more here. 
Ashley Novak is Arcadia Unified's 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year
May 24, 2017
With the 2016-2017 school year coming to a close, the Arcadia Unified School District is beginning to look ahead, recently choosing Arcadia High School Speech and Debate coach and Sophomore Honors English teacher Ashley Novak as its 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Read about the surprise reveal here.
Chromebooks for the Summer Grades 6-11!
May 31, 2017

Students in grades 6-12 have been assigned devices for use in school and at home through the school year. After considering all options, we are excited to let you know that we will
not collect the Chromebooks from students in grades 6-11 at the end of the school year! Read more here.
June 2017 District Newsletter
June 5, 2017

Find recent news and district highlights in this month's Arcadia Unified's District Delights by clicking here.
25 Arcadia High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
April 21, 2017
Arcadia High School made another exceptional showing in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program, with 25 Apaches named as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. This is the 24th consecutive year that Arcadia High School has had over 85 percent of its students advance from semifinalists to finalists in this renowned program. Read more here.
Arcadia Unified Digital Communications Interns Receive Statewide Recognition
March 29, 2017
A group of talented Arcadia High School students is honored with a prestigious communications award that is typically reserved for seasoned public relations professionals. The Arcadia Unified School District and its Digital Communications Internship (DCI) program were recently honored by the California School Public Relations Association (CalSPRA) at its annual awards dinner held in Sacramento. Read the full story here.
Arcadia Unified Saves Taxpayers Over $40 million by Bond Refinancing
March 10, 2017

Arcadia Unified School District’s Board of Education voted unanimously at its February 28 meeting on a resolution that will save Arcadia taxpayers over $40 million. The savings will come by way of refinancing bonds that were obtained through the Measure I, Facilities Bond. Read more here.  

Arcadia High Recognized as One of California's Best!
February 23, 2017
Arcadia High School has been named among the top 2 percent of high schools in all of California! According to Niche’s 2017 Best Public High Schools list, Arcadia High School is number 30 out of the more than 1,300 public high schools in the state. Read the full story here.
2017 TK and Kindergarten Registration Dates and Information
January 19, 2017
Arcadia High Marches in 128th Rose Parade!
January 10, 2017

This was the 16th time the Apaches have marched in the prestigious Rose Parade. The Arcadia High Band has also marched in two Presidential Inaugural Parades (1957 Dwight Eisenhower, 2005 George W. Bush). The band also performed at the very first Super Bowl in 1967, in the 1981 World Series, the Gator Bowl, Alamo Bowl, was featured in an NFL Super Bowl commercial last year, and has won countless field show competitions. Congrats Apaches! 
Community Email List!
April 1, 2015
Please sign up if you would like to receive the Arcadia Unified School District monthly newsletter and other communications from AUSD. This email list is for community members who are NOT current parents or students, and therefore would not already be in our system. Click here to sign up!
Arcadia Unified Named to College Board’s Prestigious AP® District Honor Roll!
December 16, 2016
The Arcadia Unified School District is one of just 22 school districts in California being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Read more.
AUSD Kindergarten Coders Featured on ABC7!
December 9, 2016

Hundreds of students throughout the entire Arcadia Unified School District are participating in the global Hour of Code movement where they are taught about computer science and coding. There are even many Kindergarten classes in the Arcadia Unified School District, including Ms. Pinto's at Holly Avenue Elementary School, where students as young as 5 years old are learning to code.
Charter Local Edition: AUSD Superintendent Talks Social Media
October 11, 2016
Resiliency Community Forum
September 28, 2016

Horacio Sanchez, a well-known leader in mental health and resiliency, will be the keynote speaker for our annual Community Forum/Family Engagement Night “Resiliency.” The Community Forum, which will be free of charge, will be held on Thursday, October 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. Mr. Sanchez will be discussing resiliency for students, maximizing brain function, helping students deal with stress, and optimal health for student success. Read more here.
Right At School Informational Meeting
September 29, 2016
The Right At School Community Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Holly Avenue Elementary School Auditorium. Right At School is the new before and after-school program that we will be transitioning to in January 2017. Read more here.
Arcadia Unified Gives Every Student a Chromebook
October 24, 2016

Each of the nearly 10,000 students in the Arcadia Unified School District now has their own Chromebook. All middle school and high school students can even bring their Chromebooks home to use. The 1:1 Student to Technology device program began three years and was fully implemented on the first day of school this year.
Video: AUSD Resiliency Community Forum Horacio Sanchez
October 10, 2016
27 Arcadia High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!
September 15, 2016
A remarkable 27 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.
Arcadia Unified Test Scores Among Highest in So. Cal
August 25, 2016
Arcadia Unified students continue to score among the highest in Southern California, and far exceeded the state average, according to new statewide test results released by the California Department of Education on August 24, 2016. Arcadia scored 40% higher than the state average for math, and 26% higher in English language arts/literacy (ELA). Read more here.
New AUSD Parent Meeting
August 19, 2016
Superintendent Dr. David Vannasdall welcomes new parents to the district and gives an overview of AUSD.
Patricia Mattera Named Highland Oaks Elementary School Principal
August 16, 2016
Patricia Mattera has been selected as the new Principal of Highland Oaks Elementary School. The Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education approved the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall and staff at its most recent meeting on August 9, 2016. Read more here.
AUSD National Meal Program
July 28, 2016
The Arcadia Unified School District is pleased to announce participation in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Meals will be available to all children at our following schools: Baldwin Stocker, Camino Grove, Highland Oaks, Holly Avenue, Hugo Reid, Longley Way, Dana, First Avenue, Foothill, and Arcadia High School. Read more here.
Welcome Back to School Photos!
August 22, 2016

A record 465 #ArcadiaFirstDay pictures were submitted this year as students, teachers, and staff returned to school! You can view our entire Facebook Photo Album here.  
Dr. Issa Selected as First Avenue Middle School Principal!
June 15, 2016
Dr. Semeen Issa has been named as the next Principal for First Avenue Middle School. The Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation of Superintendent David Vannasdall and staff for Dr. Issa to succeed Dr. Tom Bruce as the school’s top administrator. Read more.
New Enrollment/Registration Procedures
June 15, 2016
Starting Tuesday July 5, 2016 TK-12 enrollment/registration will take place at the Arcadia Education Center at 150 South Third Avenue Monday through Thursday.
  1. Pick up registration packet from the Arcadia Education Center

  2. Go to to sign up for an appointment

  3. Complete the registration packet before your appointment

  4. Make sure you bring all required documents for your appointment
Read more here, Chinese and Spanish.
***Apache Day Appointments Need to be Completed on the AHS ASB Webage (CLICK HERE)***
Thank you AUSD Teachers!
May 11, 2016
A special thank you to all of our amazing teachers!
Mrs. Costarella Named AUSD 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year!
May 23, 2016
Congratulations to Mrs. Costarella who has been selected as the 2016-2017 Arcadia Unified School District Teacher of the Year!
Arcadia High’s Phillip Chao Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship!
April 25, 2016
For the second straight year, an Arcadia High School student is awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. Arcadia High senior Phillip Chao is one of just 1,000 students nationwide to earn the coveted scholarship that will pay for both his undergraduate and graduate education with all school related expenses being covered in full. Read more here.
Arcadia High School Spring Preview Day & Orientation 4/14!
April 6, 2016
Click here for mape and guide!
Open to the entire community, Arcadia High School Spring Preview Day and Orientation will be Thursday, April 14, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. There will be several food trucks, live performances from the Arcadia High Band and Color Guard, campus tours, and an activities fair featuring the many student clubs, academic teams, sports teams, performing arts groups, and parent organizations.
Teachers, administrators, and coaches will be on hand to answer questions. All middle school families and prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend.
Click here for a detailed map and guide brochure. Click here for the Facebook event page.
Homework Thoughtexchange!
April 20, 2016
Join the conversation about homework in AUSD, and share your thoughts with us. 
Parents and staff click here. 
Students click here. 
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" Trailer!
March 12, 2016
Arcadia Stage's Spring musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" rehearsal trailer. March 17-19 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. Visit for tickets and more information.
NTD TV News: AUSD to Begin Full-Day Kindergarten and TK!
February 23, 2016
News story from NTD TV about Arcadia Unified's Full-Day Kindergarten and TK programs that will begin next year. Click here for more information. 
Thoughtexchange Results!
March 30, 2016

Our school community recently took part in an online learning process. We’ve reviewed your thoughts and priorities and now want to share the results with you. Visit: AUSD Thoughtexchange to learn about the top priorities in our schools and the top priorities of the district.

From the 1,309 stakeholders who participated, we received 2,325 thoughts and 81,865 stars were assigned. We learned about our strengths and the areas that we can improve. Thank you for contributing to the success of our schools. Your participation in the process was invaluable.
Lawsuit Affects Release of Student Data-- Opt-Out Form Available
February 16, 2016
A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including Arcadia Unified School District. We wanted to make you aware of this, and provide you with an opt-out form and other important information regarding this case. Read more here.
Lin Brothers: Letter to our Community
January 23, 2016
The Arcadia Unified School District family offers our deepest condolences to the Lin family, their friends and loved ones. We are beyond saddened to learn of the death of the Lin brothers, William and Anthony, who attended Arcadia High School. Read full letter here.
Arcadia Unified Launching Full-Day Kindergarten and TK Program!
February 16, 2016
The Arcadia Unified School District will begin full-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten programs next school year, Fall 2016. The current half-day TK and Kindergarten programs will be expanded to a full-day schedule and available to all Arcadia Unified students. Read more here.
Arcadia Innovation Summit Expected to Double!
January 14, 2016
After a successful debut in which more than 300 educators from all over Southern California attended, the Arcadia Innovation Summit will return this summer. The 2nd Annual Arcadia Innovation Summit will take place on July 8, 2016. Registration is now open! Read more here.
Arcadia High School Performing Arts: A Glimpse Into The Tradition
July 3, 2016
AUSD Digital Communications Internship Now Accepting Applications!
December 16, 2015

The Arcadia Unified School District Communications and Public Information Office is currently accepting applications for next semester. Students with an interest in journalism, communications, video production, marketing, or public relations are encouraged to apply. Applications are due no later than Monday, December 28, 2015. Interviews will be conducted sometime in January. For more information please visit or email AUSD Public Information Officer Mr. Foran at

Holiday Concert 2015!
December 19, 2015
Another beautiful holiday concert produced by the Arcadia High School Music Department. For a complete photo album please visit
Arcadia High's Historic March to Pearl Harbor
December 18, 2015
Early December, the marching band of Arcadia High School (AHS) had the distinct honor of being selected as the sole representative of the state of California in the 74th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read more here.
Update Your Contact Information!
December 16, 2015

If you did not receive an email and phone blast from Superintendent Vannasdall Tuesday, December 15, 2015 please be sure to update your contact information at your school site. Also, check your email filters and settings. Be sure to allow and This will help ensure you receive our emails and communications.

In addition to phone and email blasts during emergency and non-emergency situations (Tuesday was a non-emergency), we will update the district website at, all ten school websites, along with our Facebook and Twitter pages. We will also update our phone hotline (626) 821-1783, which you can call to listen to a recorded update. Thank you for helping us improve our communications. 

Arcadia Schools Open Tuesday, December 15, 2015
December 15, 2015

We are aware that Los Angeles Unified has closed all schools due to a credible threat specific to LAUSD. We have been in contact with the Arcadia Police Department and with our school resource officer regarding the threat. 

Arcadia school Principals have been notified and we will continue to monitor all news and advisories regarding the situation in Los Angeles. Arcadia Unified schools are not impacted by the threat at this time and will remain open for school. We will continue to communicate with Arcadia Police and our community. 


Apaches Win Arcadia Winter Cup!
December 14, 2015
For photos of the 2015 Arcadia Winter Cup click here.   
Historic Basketball Game: Dana Vs First Ave!
December 3, 2015
For the first time in more than two decades, First Avenue and Dana Middle School play a competitive basketball game! Congrats to all the players, coaches, and staff who made this happen! Click here for the entire photo album
Arcadia Festival of Bands 2015 Full Coverage!
December 3, 2015
On Nov. 21, 2015, The Arcadia Music Club hosted the Arcadia Festival of Bands. Over 40 accomplished high school bands attended the event and celebrated the sixty-second annual Festival of Bands. Read more here, photos and video included.
Arcadia High School Students Earn $3 Million in College Scholarships!
June 23, 2016
The numbers are in for the Arcadia High School Class of 2016, and they are staggering. More than $3 million in scholarships and grants were earned by Arcadia High School seniors this year according to a self-reported class survey. Read more.
Learn More about the Importance of AEF!
November 19, 2015

Please watch and share this important video. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to AEF. Please considering visiting to make a donation today. From all our students, staff, and entire community, we sincerely thank you.
Learn more about AEF at

Congrats AHS Girls Tennis CIF Champions!
November 13, 2015
Arcadia High Girls Tennis completes a perfect 21-0 season with a Division 2 CIF Championship! The Apaches beat Murrieta Valley 13-5 to win the first CIF Girls Tennis Title in school history! Way to go Apaches! Click here for full photo album.
Congratulations Arcadia High School Class of 2016!!!
June 17, 2016
Once an Apache, always an Apache! Congratulations to our very talented Class of 2016! The Arcadia High School Class of 2016 has students that were accepted into every Ivy League University in the country, which includes Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Read more here
"A Lesson in Love" First Avenue Middle School
October 14, 2015
First Avenue Middle School demonstrated “A Lesson in Love” in a lunchtime event for UNICEF and their efforts to help Syrian refugees, especially children. The idea began when Dr. Semeen Issa, the assistant principal, shared her heart with the staff about the horrible situation in Syria. Read more here.
The Great California ShakeOut!
October 13, 2015
On Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m., Arcadia Unified School District will join millions of Californians as we all “drop, cover, and hold on” in the Great California ShakeOut. We are proud to say Arcadia Unified School District has participated in this annual earthquake drill every year since its inception in 2008. Read more here.
AEF Raises $40,000 at Bright Night!
October 7, 2015
It was a bright night for Arcadia students and staff thanks to the Arcadia Educational Foundation raising $40,000 at its inaugural gala. Over 250 members of the community packed the event which showcased the multitude of talents of Arcadia students. Read more here.
AUSD Community Information Night: Paul Andersen!
September 29, 2015
Parents, please join us for a free lecture and Q&A with world-renowned science teacher Paul Andersen on October 8, at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. He will talk about the following: why schools are changing, what will the school of the future look like, and how can I help my child be successful in this new school. Read more here.
Arcadia High School Marching Band Selected for 2017 Rose Parade!
October 4, 2015
Smarter Balanced Assessment Results Released
October 4, 2015
Parents should have recently received scores from last year’s end-of-year assessments where students in grades 3-8, and 11 took online tests in English-Language Arts and Mathematics. These tests are called the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC). Read more here.
Arcadia High Opens State-of-the-Art Aquatics Center and Career Technical Education Facility!
September 23, 2015
Arcadia High School officially opened its new aquatics center and sports medicine complex on Sept. 11 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, ending years of construction of new facilities that include the Science Building and the Performing Art Center (PAC). Read more here.
Arcadia Students Roll Out of Bed in Gratitude to Soldiers
December 28, 2015
Although Spirit Week is the bustling week before the winter break, the Arcadia High School student’s school spirit still soared as they wrote letters to soldiers in their “Holiday Morning” attire. Read more here.
Arcadia High Football Highlights Vs Bell Gardens!
September 2, 2015
Newsweek Names Arcadia High School One of the Best in the Nation!
August 28, 2015
Arcadia High School, named a Gold Medal High School three times by U.S. News and World Report, is rated by Newsweek as one of the elite public high schools in the country. Read more here.
Baldwin Stocker School Spirit Video!
August 20, 2015
State Officials Announce Delay in Assessment Results
August 22, 2015
California state officials have announced that results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment will take longer than expected. Officials say that because this is the first time results on the new assessments will be released, they want to take extra care to make sure everything is accurate and complete before the official release sometime in September. You can read more here. Above is a video that will help explain the results when parents receive them.
AUSD Best In San Gabriel Valley!
July 6, 2015
Yet another study has concluded that Arcadia Unified School District is the best in San Gabriel Valley and #2 in Los Angeles County and offers parents one of the best values in all of Southern California, ranking third of 153 school districts in ten counties. Read more via Arcadia's Best.
AUSD Middle Schools Lip Dub!
June 15, 2015
The students and staff of all three Arcadia middle schools joined together to display our amazing school spirit and Arcadia pride!  Deepest thanks to the Foothills, First Ave, and Dana students, teachers, staff members, teams, groups and clubs that participated!
Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
June 12, 2015
Within the coming weeks, the State of California will be sending Smarter Balanced assessment results out to parents and school districts statewide for tests taken in grades 3-8 and 11. Continue reading in English (click here) or Chinese (click here).
Arcadia High School Lip Dub 2015!
June 5, 2015
AUSD Launches New Weibo Page 我们对于公布全新推出的微博版面而表示兴奋!
July 6, 2015
AUSD Hosting Free Arcadia Innovation Summit
June 3, 2015
A unique opportunity for Southern California educators is coming to Arcadia on June 24. The Arcadia Unified School District is hosting the first Arcadia Innovation Summit, which will be free of charge and open to all. Read more here.
AUSD Staff Appreciation Night!
October 19, 2015
More than 300 Arcadia Unified VIP staff and their guests took to the field to be honored before the Arcadia High School Football game against Burroughs on 10/16/15. A great game and night with a lot of smiles shared by many in the AUSD family! Thank you AUSD staff! Full photo album here
Arcadia High School Wins National Quiz Bowl Championship!
June 2, 2015
The Arcadia High School Quiz Bowl team won the National Quiz Bowl Championship hosted by National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) in Chicago on May 30 and May 31. Read more here.
Arcadia High School Band on KCAL!
May 12, 2015
Middle School Football Camp on Saturday at AHS!
April 29, 2015
Arcadia High Constitution Team Scores Big in Washington D.C.!
April 28, 2015
The Arcadia High School “We the People” Constitution Team earned a coveted spot to compete in the 2015 National Finals in Washington D.C. last weekend. The team, which is also known as the Arcadia High Government or “Gov” Team, has won the prestigious National Finals twice before in 1993 and 2010. Read more here.
Summer Meals for Kids and Teens
May 27, 2015
Arcadia Innovation Summit June 24th!
April 27, 2015
AUSD invites you to attend our FREE conference focused on exploring innovation in education. Presenter applications are still being accepted. Registration is limited. Read more here.
NBC 4: Arcadia High Senior Scholarship Surprise!
April 22, 2015
AUSD Thought Exchange Online Community Forum
April 13, 2015

As part of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), the Arcadia Unified School District is committed to continuing our communication and conversation with our parents, staff and community. You can share your thoughts and learn more about the process now by visiting
Arcadia Transit Bus Service Change *Update*
January 11, 2016
Arcadia Transit is changing its services effective June 16, 2016. It was originally scheduled to change on February 28, 2016. Its “Dial-a-Ride” service will now only be offered to senior citizens and people with disabilities. Read more here. Bus Application Click Here.
6th and 9th Grade Parent Transition Survey!
March 30, 2015
The parent transition survey is a brief survey that the district's transition counselors have created in order to identify key factors that affect students during their transition process. Read more and take survey here.
More than 12,000 Expected at Arcadia Invitational!
April 8, 2015
The 48th Annual Arcadia Invitational Track and Field meet, slated for Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, will once again bring together the best high school athletes from across the country and around the globe. The event will also feature appearances by NFL star De’Anthony Thomas and Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson. Read more here.
Arcadia High 2015 Spring Preview and Orientation!
March 27, 2015
All middle school parents and students are welcome to attend the AHS Spring Preview which will be held on Thursday, April 16 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information. 
2 Question Calendar Survey
March 10, 2015

The Arcadia Unified School District is seeking student, staff and community input in regard to starting and ending the school year earlier. This change would begin with the 2016-2017 school year. Please complete this very brief survey by Friday, March 13. 

ABC7- Three Arcadia High Students Earn Perfect SAT Scores!
March 4, 2015
2015-2016 AUSD School Calendar Dates (TENTATIVE)
February 24, 2015
2015-2016 AUSD School Calendar Dates Click Here. Please note: These dates are tentative pending ratification and board approval. 
Common Core Community Survey
December 18, 2014


Please take a moment to complete this brief survey so we can better understand how to best inform our community about Common Core and better serve your needs.



Phillip Rocha Wins State Championship!
December 2, 2014
Arcadia High School’s Phillip Rocha ran himself into the record books last Saturday at the CIF Cross Country State Championship Meet in Fresno. Read more here
Medal of Honor Recipient Visits Arcadia High School 2015
February 11, 2015


Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall and his energetic dog Huey delivered a powerful message about honor and education to nearly 1,000 Arcadia High School students and staff Wednesday. Read more

Highland Oaks Power Outage Nov. 10
November 10, 2014

Dear Highland Oaks Parents and Community,

We wanted to inform you about the situation on campus today. We are currently without power, and it’s likely we will remain without power for the remainder of the day. School is in session and we will have a full day as scheduled. Read more here
Alice in Wonderland Nov. 20-22
November 5, 2014
Follow Arcadia Unified on Twitter!
November 14, 2014
Moving Ahead in the Digital Age Community Forum!
September 25, 2014
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
CBS 2 Salter Stadium Story!
October 15, 2014
4 Arcadia High Students Honored by College Board!
September 22, 2014
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
AUSD Welcomes Four New Principals!
August 6, 2014
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!
July 17, 2014
31 Arcadia High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!
September 15, 2014
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
Parent Math Night Meeting Presentation
May 7, 2015
New State Testing Goes Smoothly for Arcadia Unified
July 2, 2014
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
Common Core Days Added
July 16, 2014
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
AUSD July Newsletter!
July 1, 2014
It's the start of a new era at Arcadia Unified School District! David Vannasdall is named Superintendent of AUSD. Read more about that, and Superintendent Vannasdall's letter to the community in the July newsletter! Read more here
Arcadia High School Lip Dub!
June 7, 2014
AHS Music Club Mattress Sale Fundraiser!
June 4, 2014
The Arcadia High School Music Club is having a Mattress Sale Fundraising Event on Saturday June 7, 2014! 40-60% off retail! The sale runs from 10am to 5pm at Arcadia High School in the Band Room. Click here for more info.
Arcadia High ASB Students Donate $100,000 to District!
June 11, 2014
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 June Newsletter!
May 30, 2014
Read more about AEF's $152,000 donation, Common Core videos, scholarship winners, next year's AHS Constitution Team, Dr. Shawn's final letter, and more in the latest edition of AUSD's District Delights Newsletter
AUSD Local Control Accountability Plan
May 13, 2014

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

2014-2015 AUSD Instructional Calendar
May 14, 2014
The 2014-2015 Arcadia Unified School District Instructional Calendar has been ratified and approved. Please note, district-wide minimum days for Common Core implementation will be scheduled at a later date. For a printable pdf version click here.   
33rd Annual Spring Show is May 10th!
April 28, 2014
Featuring the Arcadia High School Percussion and Color Guard, along with the Middle Schools’ Percussion and Drill Teams! Read more here
Classified School Employee Week is May 18-23!
May 8, 2014

Classified School Employee Week is coming up and raffle tickets are on sale now! You can win a chance to have one of the AUSD Cabinet Members do the job of a classified employee for a half day! Thanks to all our great classified employees and please note the two celebrations (see flyer) happening on May 21 for AUSD Classified members.
New location for AUSD District Offices
April 24, 2014
The new location of the district offices is 150 S. Third Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006. The district offices are on the 2nd floor of the Arcadia Education Center. 

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Arcadia Unified Bans Car Washes to Support Drought Efforts
April 22, 2014
In light of the severe drought conditions in California, the Arcadia Unified School District will no longer allow its schools and clubs to hold community car wash fundraisers. The ban will start on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, and be upheld as conditions warrant. Read more here  
Arcadia High School Receives Prestigious Gold Medal Ranking!
April 23, 2014
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
Measure I Facilities Bond Update and Information
April 8, 2014
As we continue to make great progress on our schools and facilities thanks to the Measure I Facilities Bond, we wanted to continue to update the community on the different projects. As stated on the cover of the brochure, we also want to say "Thank You Arcadia" for all your support! The AUSD Measure I Brochure is available in English and in Chinese (中国的).  

AUSD Superintendent Announces Retirement
March 28, 2014

Arcadia Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Joel Shawn has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the school year. Dr. Shawn has been with the district since 2005, and was named superintendent in the summer of 2008. Read more here 
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Survey
February 25, 2014


Under California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) law, school districts are required to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (or LCAP). Your feedback in the development of the LCAP is essential. To make sure we get as much parent, student, and staff feedback as possible, we have created an online survey that we hope you will take the time to complete.

Arcadia High School Student Aces ACT Exam!
March 14, 2014
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
Short Day Survey for AHS Parents and Students
February 6, 2014

Your input is needed in a very important decision at the high school.

The following survey will allow you to share your thoughts about a potential change to the high school schedule to take effect fall 2014.  

The results of this survey will be shared with your parent and student representatives on the School Site Leadership Team (SSLT).  When you fill out this survey, your voice will be heard.This survey will close at noon on Monday February 10th, 2014.

Short Day Survey for Parents and Students
Medal of Honor Recipient Visits Arcadia High School!
February 20, 2014

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.

AUSD Superintendent and Board President Testify in Sacramento
January 20, 2014
Arcadia Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Joel Shawn and AUSD Board of Education President Cung Nguyen traveled to the State Capitol to advocate for Arcadia students on Thursday. The two were among hundreds, including Gov. Brown, from all over California who testified and shared their thoughts and concerns about the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) before the State Board of Education ultimately approved regulations for the new funding model. Read More Here 
Common Core Parent Meetings for Grades K-5
January 9, 2014
The meeting dates and locations have been announced for the Common Core Parent Meetings for parents with students in grades K-5. For your convenience, you can attend any location regardless of which school your student attends. Click Here For Complete Details 
Arcadia Unified Celebrates Grand Opening of Compressed Natural Gas Station!
January 22, 2014
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
Common Core Facebook Page for AUSD!
December 9, 2013
This Facebook Page was created to help parents, students, staff, teachers, and the entire community of Arcadia better understand how the Common Core State Standards are being implemented in our schools. Click here to go to the page! 
Family Reading Time Sessions Nov. 18-21!
November 8, 2013

You are invited to Family Reading Time. This is a chance for our primary students to come with their parent(s) to participate in a variety of reading activities. Learn ways to support your student at home with their reading and the new Common Core Standards. Read more here 
AUSD November Newsletter District Delights!
October 24, 2013
The latest edition of the AUSD District Delights Newsletter is now available! You can learn more about our photos of the month, who was named King and Queen of Homecoming, and hear from Superintendent Dr. Shawn as he helps to explain the new Common Core State Standards! Read and print the newsletter here! 
Making the Transition to Common Core
October 9, 2013

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

22 Arcadia High Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!
September 25, 2013
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!
Schools See Nearly $10 Million in Summer Upgrades!
August 28, 2013
Students at several Arcadia Unified Schools returned to updated classrooms and facilities this school year after the district performed nearly $10 million in campus upgrades over the summer break! Continue to read here
May 23, 2013
Did you know that you can contribute to Arcadia schools simply by doing your Amazon shopping after clicking a link? It’s easy! Click on the link at the end of this announcement and complete your Amazon shopping. Amazon will automatically give AEF money based on the amount of the purchase! There’s no extra charge to you, nor any extra step to take.
Click here to get started
AUSD Middle Schools Rank Highest on API in L.A. County!
September 5, 2013
The Arcadia Unified School District has three of the top four highest scoring middle schools in Los Angeles County on the Academic Performance Index. Out of the more than 300 middle schools in L.A. County, Foothills Middle School ranked number one, tied with Huntington Middle School, with an API of 977. Click here to read more on this story
Arcadia Unified School District is now on Twitter!
August 28, 2013
AUSD's Lorie Felippa Named L.A. County Teacher of the Year!
September 27, 2013

Lorie and her family at the Awards Banquet

Lorie Felippa, transitional kindergarten teacher at Highland Oaks Elementary School, has been named one of Los Angeles County's Teachers of the Year! Lorie, who was eligible to be honored after being selected as Arcadia Unified's Teacher of the Year, was one of just 71 teachers in the county to receive this recognition. There are roughly 80,000 teachers in L.A. County. Out of the 71 teachers of the year in L.A. County, Lorie was also one of just 16 that has been nominated for California Teacher of the Year! Congratulations Lorie and thanks for everything you do! 
Patrick Tierney Named AUSD Teacher of the Year!
September 10, 2014
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
Arcadia High Student Earns Rare Perfect Score on AP Exam!
November 14, 2013

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.
Read More Here 
KABC Radio Report: Arcadia Spelling Bee Champ!
April 3, 2014
First Avenue Middle School student Kai Morita wins L.A. County Spelling Bee and qualifies for the state competition!
New Online Application for Meals Program!
March 3, 2014
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.  
AUSD is now on Facebook!
October 8, 2013
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! 
Arcadia High Boys Cross Country Team Wins State Championship!
December 3, 2013
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! 
Yamane and Delorosa Named Pacific League Runners of the Year!
November 8, 2013
Way to go! 
Congratulations to Estevan Delarosa and Roni Yamane from Arcadia High School who were named the Boys and Girls Pacific League Cross Country Runners of the Year! Roni took first place in her varsity race at the Pacific League Finals Meet, and Estevan took 2nd in a photo finish with Phillip Rocha (Arcadia High) in the boys varsity race! More results, photos, and videos from the race are on the AUSD Facebook Page. 
Arcadia Unified Expanding AVID Program!
October 16, 2013

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

May 6, 2013

August 29, 2011
Important Traffic Information for Parents
  Please read School Zone Traffic Laws

Arcadia Police Department “Click it or Ticket” seat belt campaign - May 20, 2013 to June 2, 2013. During this time frame officers will be conducting a Zero Tolerance enforcement campaign in order to educate and deter motorists and passengers from driving/riding while unrestrained in vehicles. Click here for Seat Belt and Child Safety Laws.

March 25, 2013

Arcadia High School
Orchesis Dance Company
My Lucky Strike
April 25-26-27 and May 3-4
Tickets at

April 16, 2013
Congratulations to Dana Middle School and Foothills Middle School Named 2013 California Distinguished Schools
February 21, 2013
The Drowsy Chaperone is a big successful ! 
Read a review by Arcadia's Best and Grigware Reviews

January 30, 2013
E-Waste Drive
Saturday, February 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First Avenue Middle School Basketball Courts
September 12, 2012
Lockdown cleared:  The Arcadia Police Department has determined that the Arcadia High School campus is secure and safe and the students have been dismissed to leave campus as usual.  Campus Drive is open to traffic.  All after school activities have been cancelled for today however.  AUSD and the Arcadia Police Department thank you for your cooperation.

March 11, 2013
Performing Arts Center Community Survey
Click here to let us know what types of professional entertainment you would like to see in the new Performing Arts Center

October 12, 2011
September 29, 2011

Arcadia High School:
      One of Best Schools for Math and Science
For the first time, US News & World Report has created a list of our country's Best Schools for Math and Science.  Of the 208 elite schools selected, Arcadia High School appears in the #94 spot.
Schools were selected based upon their level of math and science participation and success in AP "STEM" courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) such as Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science.  Arcadia High School has a large number of students enrolled in one or more of these subjects each year and a vast majority of these students successfully pass the associated examination.
Read more about it at the US News & World Report website 
September 16, 2011

and one of 16 LA County Teachers of the Year
September 21, 2011
Board Passes Resolution for Restoration of Budgetary Flexibility
June 6, 2011
Congratulations Arcadia High School Class of 2011
Jon Ma and Michelle Zhu Named Co-Valedictorians

May 19, 2011
February 27, 2011
Board of Education passes Resolution No. 1239
in support of Governor Brown's proposal for placing a revenue extension measure on the June 2011 ballot - Click for background
April 9, 2010
Superintendent's Discussion Blog
Your comments are welcomed...
Arcadia High School Homecoming
October 6, 2010
Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
Grand re-opening of the newly renovated Salter Stadium and
 Apache football vs John Muir HS
Free English Language Instruction
August 31, 2010
Opening Day for the 2010-2011 School Year
April 13, 2010
All Arcadia schools will open on Thursday, August 26, 2010.
Baldwin Stocker Elementary School is Recognized
June 28, 2010
Memorial Day
May 27, 2010
All Arcadia schools will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010.  School resumes Tuesday, June 1, 2010.
New Assistant Principal for First Avenue Middle School
June 28, 2010
Arcadia High School's Constitution Team
April 27, 2010
Wins National Championship

Congratulations to the Arcadia High School Science Bowl Team for placing 4th in the Nation in competition held April 29 - May 4 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Congratulations to the AHS Ocean Sciences Bowl Team for placing 8th in the Nation in competition held in St. Petersburg, Florida, in late April. 
Music in Arcadia Schools
April 13, 2010
New Principal for Dana Middle School
May 14, 2010
Welcome to the new AUSD website!
April 9, 2010
We will be adding new content over the coming weeks, please help us to make this site as useful as possible by submitting your suggestions:
Grand Opening for the Dana Gym
January 14, 2011

Officials from Arcadia Unified School District and the City of Arcadia celebrated the completion of the Dana Gym with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, January 11th.  The athletic center begins operation on Monday, January 17th.  Read about this new joint use facility in a message from AUSD Superintendent Joel Shawn.
AUSD / AEF Summer School Employment Opportunities
March 25, 2010
Board of Education Adopts Resolution Opposing Governor's Budget
March 24, 2010
BusinessWeek AGAIN says Arcadia is "The Best Place to Raise Your Kids"
March 30, 2010
2010 U.S. Census
March 24, 2010
Dear School Families,    (read this letter in Chinese)

     This month, households will receive the 2010 United States Census questionnaire.  The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years and it is a count of everyone residing in the United States – both citizens and non-citizens.  The Census is a historic event that will help shape our nation’s future for the next 10 years.  With accurate census data, we can create a portrait of our nation’s growing population and determine what’s needed to better provide for everyone.  The census data are used to determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and to allocate more than 400 billion federal dollars to states and local communities.  The Arcadia Board of Education passed Resolution No. 1209 encouraging participation in the 2010 Census.

      With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  Households are asked to provide key demographic information that, by law, cannot be shared with anyone.

      Arcadia Unified School District is sending home with your student an information sheet which answers many questions about the 2010 Census.  Additional information may be found on the official Census website at  Additionally, there is more information to be found at the bottom of this letter..

      The 2010 Census questionnaire is short, takes 10 minutes to complete, and is 100 percent confidential.  Watch your mailbox and remember to return your questionnaire promptly.   Completing the 2010 Census form will shape the future for you, your community and the country.  As the motto of the 2010 Census states, “It’s in Our Hands.”

Joel Shawn, Superintendent 

Census information sheet in Chinese  *  Japanese  *  Korean  *  Spanish  *  Vietnamese

Local Assistance Centers are available to answer your questions.

Census Safety Tips  

A word from the Census Director

For more information, visit the official Census website at

Arcadia Weather
April 1, 2010
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