Ranked in the top 1% of best public school districts in America by Niche in its 2021 rankings, the Arcadia Unified School District is a nationally renowned public school district that proudly educates nearly 10,000 students throughout 11 award-winning schools. Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California, all schools are located in Arcadia, California. Business Week named Arcadia as the “best place to raise your kids” in the entire state of California on two separate occasions.
The District, which is a proud member of the prestigious League of Innovative Schools, consists of 11 schools: six elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school, and one alternative school and outreach program. In addition to numerous National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished schools throughout the district, Arcadia High School has been named a U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal School three times, named to Newsweek’s Top Public High Schools in America list, and ranked among the top two percent of high schools in California according to Niche. 2017 marked the second straight year that Arcadia High’s graduating class had at least one student accepted into every Ivy League University in the country. 2018 saw a 100% graduation rate for Arcadia High seniors. The District is committed to educational excellence, and this commitment is reflected in the outstanding achievements made by its students, faculty, staff, and leadership each school year. Highly qualified, dedicated, and professional, the District’s teaching staff is exceptional. With various professional development opportunities, conferences, staff development workshops, collaboration time, and learning walks, the Arcadia Unified faculty stays ahead of the curve to ensure a rigorous, vertically aligned curriculum that fully prepares students for college and career. In 2015, the district began hosting the Arcadia Innovation Summit, one of the premier educational conferences in the country that is free of charge.
In 2006, the Arcadia community demonstrated its generosity and its commitment to education by passing a $218 million bond measure for the refurbishment and modernization of school facilities across the District. Working with an advisory group comprised of Arcadia residents, parents, and community members, the District’s Board of Education and facilities team has successfully managed the project, which has upgraded school technology and renovated all classrooms, libraries/media centers, science labs, sports/recreation facilities, and arts and music education spaces, creating high-tech classrooms and learning environments throughout the entire district.
In 2017, the Arcadia community once again supported its schools by extending Measure A, a parcel tax that will last 18 years and generate approximately $77 million during its lifetime that goes directly to Arcadia Unified schools.
As one of the most innovative school districts in the country, Arcadia Unified’s goal is to champion students and staff to Imagine, Inquire, and Inspire. The purpose of the District is to challenge and inspire students to make a positive and profound impact on their world.