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Azusa Unified School District, California

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Azusa Unified School District
Azusa, CA
Azusa Unified seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Linda Kaminski
Graduation rate:88%
Number of schools:17
Budget: $89.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rosemary Garcia
Board members:5
Term length:4

The Azusa Unified School District is a school district in California that is based in Azusa, California in Los Angeles County. It currently serves 10,163 students in 17 schools.

About the district


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Azusa Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Azusa, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 47,407 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Azusa (%) California (%)
White 57.6 57.6
Black or African American 3.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 8.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 67.6 37.6


Azusa underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Azusa was $53,826 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 20.2% of Azusa residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Azusa was 18.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 76.2% of Azusa residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Linda Kaminski is the current Superintendent of Azusa Unified School District. She joined the district in July 2012 after serving for seven years as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Upland Unified School District. She began her career as a bilingual teacher and later elementary principal in the Pasadena Unified School District.[5]

School Board

Current school board members include:[6]

Azusa Unified School Board
Member Board Position Term Ends
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez President 2017
Yolanda Rodriguez-Peña Vice President 2013
Helen Jaramillo Member 2017
Paul Naccachian Member 2017
Burke Hamilton Member 2015


The table below displays the budget for Azusa Unified School District.[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $71,898,181 77.4% $3,370,722 3.6% $9,877,761 10.6% $0.00 0% $8,185,630 8.8% $92,839,231
2011-2012 $71,803,998 78% $2,830,371 3.1% $10,482,957 11.4% $0.00 0% $7,532,204 8.2% $92,084,708
2012-2013 $70,020,314 78.6% $2,747,973 3.1% $10,341,915 11.6% $0.00 0% $5,937,980 6.7% $89,048,182
Averages: $71,240,831 78% $2,983,022 3% $10,234,211 11% $0 0% $7,218,604.67 8% $91,324,040.33

Teacher salaries

The Azusa Unified School District employs approximately 500 teachers. Below is the salary schedule for teachers in the AEA agreement.[8]

CPS FY2012-2013 Salary Scheduled
Years EXP BA B.A. +18 B.A. +36 B.A. +54 MA
2 $46,142 $46,820 $47,047 $48,117 $51,346
3 $46,596 $47,500 $47,950 $50,019 $52,299
4 $47,047 $48,177 $48,857 $50,636 $54,519
5 $47,500 $48,857 $49,064 $52,472 $56,720
6 $47,950 $48,858 $50,093 $54,503 $59,114
7 $47,951 $49,618 $51,936 $56,473 $61,510
8 $47,968 $50,445 $53,773 $58,554 $63,904
9 $48,622 $52,110 $55,609 $60,589 $66,296
10 $50,097 $53,767 $57,452 $62,607 $68,687
11 $55,423 $59,294 $64,638 $71,083
12 $61,131 $66,663 $73,653
13 $62,979 $68,687 $76,042
16 $50,463 $55,882 $63,529 $69,328 $76,772
20 $52,135 $57,742 $65,569 $71,552 $79,180
25 $54,359 $59,966 $67,881 $73,864 $81,588

District schools

Azusa Unified School District operates 17 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Azusa Unified School District
Azusa High School
Central Middle School
Henry Dalton Elementary School
Alice Ellington Elementary School
Foothill Middle School
Gladstone High School
Gladstone Street Elementary School
Victor Hodge Elementary School
Charles Lee Elementary School
Magnolia Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Clifford Murray Elementary School
Paramount Elementary School
W. R. Powell Elementary School
Sierra High School
Slauson Middle School
Valleydale Elementary School

Academic performance

California STAR program

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA), and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), measures the achievement of California content standards for grades two through eleven. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades 2-11, science in grades 5 and 8-11, and history-social science in grades 8, 10, and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[10]

STAR- ABC Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced[11]

Azusa Unified School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Subject District percentage State average
English-Language Arts 44% 54%
Mathematics 38% 50%
Science 50% 57%
History - Social Science 32% 48%


Declined enrollment

Azusa Unified School District has experienced a significant decrease in student enrollment since the 2006-07 school year. During the 2006-07 school year 11,353 students were enrolled at Azusa Unified schools, while in the 2011-12 school year 10,163 students were enrolled. The decrease of almost 1,200 students has resulted in decreased funding from both state and federal sources. In order to combat some of the problems associated with the decreased enrollment, Alice Ellington Elementary has been updated to accommodate students in grades K-8.[12]

Contact information

Azusa Unified seal.png
Azusa Unified High School District
546 South Citrus Avenue
Azusa, CA 91702
District website

Website evaluation

The Azusa Unified School District website contains links to the school board members and contacts[13], the latest meeting agenda[14], board minutes[15], school accountability report cards (SARCS)[16] and modernization agendas[17], minutes and audits[18].

See also

External links