Because Arcadia was recently voted by Business Life Magazine “The Best City in California to Raise Kids”—and for the second year in a row, too—it seems logical that our schools are of the highest caliber. This turns out to be absolutely true. Education in Arcadia is of paramount importance. Our history backs up this statement as there was a school and a library before there was even a church in Arcadia at the turn of the twentieth century. Education has been a priority for over a hundred years, and now, in the twenty-first century, more than 95 percent of all graduating high school seniors in Arcadia attend colleges and universities.
Arcadia boasts six elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school to serve their more than 9,000 students with a teacher to student ratio of 24:1, thirteen percent English Language Learners and $8,172 spent per pupil. A school bond was passed several years ago and the aging Arcadia schools are all either being remodeled, rebuilt or new buildings are nearly finished or in place. There are new gymnasiums, music rooms, upgraded classrooms and new fields and bleachers at all three middle schools. The high school has seen many buildings dismantled and new buildings erected. There are so many new classrooms, offices and buildings that Arcadia High School is a completely new school, hopefully to be completed in 2011–2012. Our sharp, beautiful new schools will finally match the sharp, wonderful students studying and excelling in them.
Excellent public schools are directly related to the health and prosperity of the Arcadia community. Arcadia schools have the deserved reputation of providing a quality, academically challenging educational program resulting in high student achievement. On standardized tests, Arcadia students consistently score well above state and national averages.
The Arcadia School District’s Central Office (telephone 626-821-8300) is located at 234 Campus Drive, Arcadia 91007, and it is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. New residents within the Arcadia Unified School District boundaries should call the District’s Registrar at (626) 821-6613 to schedule a registration appointment. Additional information regarding Arcadia Schools can be found on the AUSD Internet website at http://www.ausd.net and on AUSD’s educational cable television station (Adelphia Channel 98 and Altrio Channel 16). i