Rowland Unified School District

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Community Meeting February 28 About New Science & Math Academy


Applications Now Being Accepted

Until March 4

 WEST COVINA, CA – FEBRUARY 17, 2011 – The Rowland Unified School District will hold a community meeting on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. to share further information about the opening of its new K-8 Science & Math Academy in West Covina, where Rincon Intermediate is now located. The meeting will be held at Nogales High School in the Manor (located at 401 S. Nogales Street, La Puente). The new Academy will open August 22, 2011 and applications are now being accepted through March 4. Applications and additional Academy information is available online at and at any RUSD school. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 4, 2011 to the Pupil Services Office, located at 1928 S. Nogales Street, Rowland Heights. All RUSD students will be given priority admission. For this first year only, automatic admission will be given to current 7th grade Rincon students, 6th grade Hollingworth Elementary students, and 6th grade Rorimer Elementary students. Families will be notified of admission in April.

            The new academy will have an emphasis on science and math and will be rich in a college-readiness culture based on the “No Excuses University” model, which is a network of schools across the nation that promote a comprehensive model of college readiness starting in Kindergarten. Powerful college symbolism is part of the program and partnerships are built between classrooms and universities. Due to the strong success of the “No Excuses University” program at Hollingworth Elementary (the first San Gabriel Valley school in the network), Principal Miriam Kim has been appointed to open the new Academy. “No Excuses University” Founder Damen Lopez will also partner with Rowland Unified and plans to make the Science & Math Academy a flagship NEU school.

            In June of 2010, the Rowland Unified Board of Education moved to redesign Rincon Intermediate for the 2011-12 school year. On December 7, 2010 the Board approved opening the campus as a K-8 Academy. Students will receive the same standards-based program as students at all RUSD schools, except there will be more emphasis on science and math and opportunities for in-depth, unique experiences to explore and learn in the science and math fields through partnerships.

            The new K-8 Science & Math Academy will be located at 2800 E. Hollingworth Street in West Covina. For further information, the public can call the Rowland Unified School District Public Information Office at (626)854-8352, or the Pupil Services Office at (626) 935-8203.

            The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 16,000 students at 21 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit 

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