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Ecellent educational opportunities exist for residents of Temple City. Area K-12 students are served by four award-winning school districts and several private schools.

Great cities are blessed with outstanding educational opportunities, and Temple City residents have access to a wealth of educational resources, both public and private.

Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD) is one of the top 10 school districts in Los Angeles County and received the 2010 Spotlight Governor’s Physical Fitness Challenge Award for Los Angeles County. TCUSD serves approximately 5,600 students and maintains four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one high school, an alternative high school and an adult/community education program. TCUSD’s mission is to “provide a rigorous education in a nurturing environment…students are empowered to maximize their learning potential in a diverse setting.” TCUSD is a student-centered and community-oriented district committed to providing a safe environment and high-quality education. Schools are supported by a volunteer non-profit organization called the Temple City Schools Foundation, which encourages community participation and is dedicated to supporting students.

The district’s schools have been honored with several prestigious awards. Emperor and La Rosa Elementary Schools received the 2010 California Distinguished School Award. Also, Temple City High School is eligible to apply for a 2011 California Distinguished School Award. Temple City High School (grades 9-12) received America’s Best High Schools 2010 Silver Recognition from U.S. News & World Report magazine. The Temple City Alternative Education Program (Dr. Doug Sears Learning Center, Junior Academy and Independent Study) provides students with opportunities to complete their education in a personalized setting.

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Arcadia Unified School District (AUSD) operates six elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school, as well as preschool and daycare programs. In addition to foundation courses, the district provides elective classes, courses, vocational or school program guidance, career counseling, summer school and unique specialty programs such as robotics and educational technology. AUSD believes that to help students succeed, families and communities must work together, encouraging students to “…think and reason, develop ownership for their own lifelong learning, respect diversity and be contributing members of society.”

El Monte City School District claims 17 schools and a community education center. The district’s mission is to “…educate all students to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes to be responsible, productive and fulfilled individuals able to succeed ethically in a democratic society.” Many of its schools have podcast feeds showcasing everything from student performances and lunch menus to messages from the superintendent. Additionally, the district makes it a priority to teach students about the benefits of good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Recently, Columbia Elementary School received a Bronze Award from the Healthy Schools program, along with a congratulatory visit from former President Bill Clinton and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Rosemead School District (RSD) provides “quality education, longstanding traditions, outstanding staff and excellent community support.” The district maintains five schools serving students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade. Additionally, programs are offered for those with special needs, speech concerns or those learning to speak English as a second language. RSD also has a preschool and a before- and after-school care program for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 6. All of the district’s elementary schools have had multi-year nominations as Distinguished Schools and recognized as California Title I Achieving Schools. Furthermore, Muscatel Middle School has a National, State and multi-year County Science Olympiad team. The mission of RSD is to “nurture the intellectual, aesthetic, physical, emotional and ethical growth of each child to be prepared for new horizons.”

Private schools in the immediate area include Ark Christian Academy, First Lutheran School, Pacific Ackworth Friends, San Gabriel Academy, San Gabriel Christian School and St. Luke’s Catholic School. Numerous after-school and pre-school centers provide valuable resources to the community. Among those are Alpha Science, Elite Educational Institute, Platinum Academy LLC, Olympia Education, Playfactory Preschool, Sonshine House Preschool and Temple City Christian Preschool. The School of Fashion and Design offers classes for developmentally disabled students.


The Don Bosco Technical Institute is a private, nonprofit, Catholic, college-prep, all-male high school located in the neighboring city of Rosemead. Don Bosco Tech offers young men of all faiths a demanding college-prep high school curriculum supplemented by rigorous study of technologies. Students from this acclaimed institution are regularly accepted into America’s finest universities.

The largest community college district in the U.S. is the Los Angeles Community College District. Serving residents of Los Angeles County, the district educates more than 130,000 students at nine campuses spread throughout greater Los Angeles, with several convenient to Temple City. Colleges within the district are affordable, accessible and provide a quality education for students in all phases of life. Schools comprising this district are Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College. To discover more about these schools and their programs and resources, visit

In addition, Pasadena City College, very accessible from Temple City, offers 60 programs of study and has an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. Other area schools offering two-year degrees and/or specialty certificates include John Ridgel’s Academy of Beauty, United Beauty College, Rio Hondo College and the East Los Angeles Occupational Center.

Temple City is located in proximity to a number of nationally recognized public and private colleges and universities, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Whittier College, California State University at Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University, the Claremont Colleges and the University of Southern California are just a few of the many outstanding educational institutions at which Temple City students continue their higher education.


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