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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
City of Industry, CA
Haciendan La Puente seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Cynthia Parulan-Colfer
Graduation rate:89.2%
Number of schools:36
Budget: $171.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jay F. Chen
Board members:5
Term length:4

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is is a school district in California that is based in Pico Rivera, California in Los Angeles County. It currently serves 20,849 students in 36 schools.

About the district

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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Industry, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, Los Angeles is home to 3,792,621 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Los Angeles (%) California (%)
White 49.8 57.6
Black or African American 9.6 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 11.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 4.6 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 48.5 37.6


Los Angeles underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, of percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and 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. Los Angeles outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Los Angeles was $50,028 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 30.5% of Pico Rivera 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 Los Angeles was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 73.9% of Los Angeles residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]


Cynthia Parulan-Colfer is the interim Superintendent of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. She has served in this role since July 2013 after Barbara Nakaoka retired after 40 years of service to the district.

School board

Current school board members include:[4]

Hacienda La Puente Unified School Board
Member Board Position Term Ends
Gino Kwok President 2015
Anthony Duarte Vice President 2017
Penny Fraumeni Clerk 2017
Joseph K. Chang Member 2017
Jay F. Chen Member 2015


Hacienda La Puente Unified School District on average receives $13,084.54 per pupil according to the California School Finance Center.[5]

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 $102,524,520 59.7% $10,911,312 6.3% $30,381,002 17.7% $4,234,279 2.5% $23,816,895 13.9% $171,868,008

Teacher salaries

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District employs approximately 965 teachers. Below is the salary schedule for teachers in the Hacienda La Puente Teachers Association agreement.[7]

CPS FY2013-2014 Salary Scheduled
Years EXP BA BA +30 BA +45 or MA BA +60 + MA or MA+15 BA +70 + MA
1 44,124 46,355 48,657 51,159 53,746
2 45,552 47,853 50,272 52,812 55,483
3 47,023 49,399 51,897 54,520 57,276
4 48,543 50,995 53,575 56,281 59,127
5 50,111 52,644 55,307 58,099 61,039
6 51,730 54,346 57,095 59,979 63,013
7 53,403 56,101 58,940 61,917 65,050
8 55,129 57,915 60,845 63,918 67,153
9 56,909 59,787 62,811 65,893 69,332
10 58,751 61,720 64,841 68,117 41,564
11 60,649 63,715 66,937 70,318 73,876
12 62,610 65,775 69,099 72,591 76,295
16 64,860 68,025 71,349 74,841 78,515
21 67,110 70,275 73,599 77,091 80,765
26 71,610 74,775 78,099 81,591 85,265

District schools

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District operates 36 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

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.[9]

STAR- El Rancho Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced [10]


District Attorney’s Investigation Probe

On September 19, 2013 District Attorney Jackie Lacey sent a letter requesting the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District present documents including economic interest forms filed by school board members Gino Kwok and Dr. Joseph Chang. The forms declare gifts or other compensation received from outsiders. The letter also requested forms related to a report on possible wrongdoing of the foreign exchange student program. The report detailed accounts of students being exposed to physical and verbal abuse as well as host homes with inadequate food and heating. The report is set to focus on four trips Chang took to China with former school board member, Norman Hsu. Hus is listed as the CEO of BELA Educational Group listed as paying for three of the four trips. BELA is a private company that charges students to attend local high schools. BELA would collect approimately $15,000 or more for a student to attend a local high school. Hacienda La Puente USD had one of the lowest tution fees at $12,900 with the board voting against raising tuition to $14,000, a vote which Chang and Kwok voted against. Hacienda La Puente hosted about 20 foreign exchange students from China. Chinese families pay about $30,000, including $15,000 for tuition, fees for SAT prep classes, visa processing, and room and board. Hsu served on the Hacienda La Puente school board for over 20 years, but declared he was not involved in any of the activities within the school district. At the September 25, 2013 meeting of the HLPUSD School Board, the board scheduled a censure of board member Chang.[11][12]

Contact information

Haciendan La Puente seal.jpg
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
15959 E. Gale Ave.
City Of Industry, CA 91745
District website

Website evaluation

The Hacienda La Puente school district website contains links to the Board of Education members and their emails[13], Board meeting agendas[14] and minutes[15], and the school accountability report cards (SARCs)[16].

See also

External links