Rowland Unified School District, California

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Rowland Unified School District
Rowland Heights, California
Rowland Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Ruben Frutos
Graduation rate:83.5%
Number of schools:22
Budget: $215.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Heidi L. Gallegos
Board members:5
Term length:4
Rowland Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of Rowland Heights, California. It is the 101st largest school district in California, serving 15,738 students in 22 schools with an operating budget of $215.2 million.[1][2]

About the district

Rowland Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Rowland Unified School District is located in southwestern Los Angeles County in Rowland Heights, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Rowland Heights is home to 48,993 residents.[3]


Rowland underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011 and median household income. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.7% of Rowland residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in Rowland was $52,270 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Rowland was 10.5% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Rowland Heights (%) California (%)
White 23.4 57.6
Black or African American 1.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.0
Asian 59.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.1 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 27.0 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

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.[6]


Ruben Frutos is the current Superintendent of Rowland Unified School District. He has served in this role since March 2013. Prior to serving in this role he served as the assistant superintendent of Calexico Unified School District as well as West Covina, South Pasadena, Calexico and Los Alamitos Unified. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from San Diego State University.[7]

School board

The Rowland Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

Rowland Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Heidi L. Gallagos At large 2015
Judy Neih At large 2015
Angelena Pride At large 2017
Lynne Ebenkamp At large 2017
Cary C. Chen At large 2017

School board elections

See also: Rowland Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the Rowland Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[9] Three seats were up for election in 2013 and two seats will be up for election in 2015.


Rowland Unified School District does not publish its annual budget on its website.[10]

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
2011-2012 $109,750,447 51% $0 0% $93,714,795 43.5% $9,320,082 4.3% $2,426,556 1.1% $215,211,880
Averages: $109,750,447 51% $0 0% $93,714,795 44% $9,320,082 4% $2,426,556 1% $215,211,880

Teacher salaries

Rowland Unified School District employed 708 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Rowland Teachers Association for 2012 through 2013:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 41,416 41,416
B.A. + credential 45,180 66,567
B.A. + 45 w/MA 46,554 69,216
B.A. + 60 or MA + 15 46,554 82,221
B.A. + 75 or MA + 30 46,554 87,332

Schools in Rowland Unified School District


Rowland Unified School District serves 15,738 students in 22 schools.[1]

District schools

Rowland Unified School District operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Rowland Unified School District
Alvarado Intermediate
Blandford Elementary
Giano Intermediate
Hollingworth Elementary
Hurley Elementary
iQ Academy California-Los Angeles
Jellick Elementary
John A. Rowland High
Killian Elementary
Nogales High
Northam Elementary
Rorimer Elementary
Rowland Assistive Technology Academy
Rowland Elementary
Rowland Unified Community Day
Santana High
Shelyn Elementary
Stanley G. Oswalt Academy
Telesis Academy of Science & Math
Villacorta Elementary
Ybarra Academy for the Arts and Technology
Yorbita Elementary

Academic performance

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 2-11. STAR results include English 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 STAR benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students. The following table compares the percentage of district students who score at a "Proficient" or "Advanced" level with the statewide averages from the 2011-2012 school year.[13]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 57 54
Mathematics 51 50
Science 62 57
History/Social Science 52 48

Contact information

Rowland Unified School District seal.jpg
Rowland Unified School District
1830 Nogales Street
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Phone: (626) 965-2541

See also

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