Rowland reports API scores

The state released the Academic Performance Index (API) scores and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports yesterday. See story at Rowland Heights Highlander.

Rowland Unified sent the following email about the scores in their district.

Rowland Unified continues to outperform the state with the number of students proficient or above in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

“I am proud of our quality instructional programs and work by our teachers and school support staff that are showing academic growth at our schools,” said Rowland Unified Superintendent Dr. Maria Ott. “We are especially excited to see the growth in our 4th and 7th grade writing scores that increased by 38 and 40%.”

Seven schools in Rowland had API scores above 800 and many made double digit growth gains, such as Shelyn Elementary gaining 23 points and Hurley Elementary with 22 points. The two schools that received the highest API scores were Blandford Elementary with a score of 910 and Oswalt Academy with a score of 888. For the District as a whole, the District API is 764.

“Our mission at Rowland Unified is much broader than test scores,” said Dr. Ott. “It is important to use these data, but we will also focus on the whole child. We will continue to provide our students with broad opportunities where they can excel. Our high schools both offer our innovative Career Pathways Program and the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. We are now embarking on the (IB) Primary Years Program at several of our elementary schools, and remain committed to offering enrichment programs in the arts and technology.”

For more information regarding the state 2007-08 Accountability Progress Reports, you can visit

The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 17,500 students at 23 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina.  For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit

Back to school nights beckon

Many Hacienda Heights schools will host back to school nights Thursday.

Bixby Elementary’s will be held in the cafeteria at 6 p.m., while Kwis Elementary’s will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria and classrooms.

Wilson High School hosts its Back-to-School Night in the gym at 6 p.m.

Rowland High School has its back to school night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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Tonight’s the annual band night  when local music stores come to Rowland High School to allow students to purchase or rent musical instruments.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the gym.

Students can also enjoy a performance by the Rowland High School Band.

Instrumental music classes will begin at Rowland Elementary Schools next Monday, please check your school for exact schedules.

Wednesday night band classes will also begin on Sept. 10 and continue every Wednesday  at Rowland High School Band Room. Beginners meet from 6-7 p.m., while intermediate and advanced students rehearse from 7-8 p.m.


Nearby Mesa Robles Middle School in Hacienda Heights will hold its Back-to-School Night today.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria and classrooms.

Curriculum nights at Fairgrove

Fairgrove Academy Middle School in La Puente will hold its curriculum nights over the next three days.

The second grade will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the third grade from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The fifth grade will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the fourth grade at 7 p.m.

The first grade will gather from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by kindergarten from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.