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Education is a cornerstone in the Irwindale community. Residents have access to public schools, private schools and a number of colleges and universities closely surrounding the city.

Four exceptional public school districts serve K-12 students in the Irwindale area: Covina Valley Unified, Azusa Unified, Duarte Unified and Baldwin Park Unified. Each district is dedicated to each student’s academic success and provides strong basic education complemented by a range of enrichment classes and specialized courses – all in a 21st century learning environment. The Irwindale community is also served by a number of preschools and early childhood development centers, as well as several private and parochial institutions.

As for higher learning, Irwindale’s centralized location in Los Angeles County places it within reach of numerous colleges and universities that supply outstanding educational opportunities to graduating high school seniors, adults and businesses. The Irwindale Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization originating in 1987 is dedicated to the betterment of the citizenry of Irwindale and its youth. The program benefits not only the residential community of Irwindale but also the businesses that are located in Irwindale and who are members in good standing with the Irwindale Chamber. Those eligible to apply are Irwindale residents, Irwindale business owners and their employees and family members (business must be located in Irwindale and be an Irwindale Chamber member).

Several fundraisers are held throughout the year to support the IEF Scholarship Fund. The prestigious Club 40 donors are those that have contributed $500 or more per year to the fund. Club 40 donors receive recognition throughout the year as well as an invitation to a special reception held in July at the MillerCoors Pub. Scholarships are awarded in August of each year and range from $500 to $2,000 per qualified applicant. We encourage businesses to support education for our local workforce by contributing to this foundation. Monetary gifts may be sent in care of the Chamber.

There are also occupational and technical training resources in an around the area, including the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program & Technical Center and Premiere Career College, which is based in Irwindale and offers a range of training programs in the area of nursing, medical and business.

The Irwindale Public Library provides programs that inspire lifelong learning through reading, tutoring and early literacy development. The popular weekly story time programs introduce toddlers and preschoolers to stories, songs, books and interactive crafts that build pre-literacy skills. Education continues for a lifetime at the library through Summer Reading Programs for children and adults as well as book clubs, outreach and craft activities for all ages. The library is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by for a current calendar of our programs.

The Recreation Department offers the Tiny Tots program for ages 3-5 years and Kidzone, afterschool childcare for TK-8th who receive snacks, homework help, crafts, science fun, and other various activities supervised by the Recreation Staff.

From preschool through graduate studies Irwindale area residents are supplied with outstanding education at all levels.

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