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2019 California Distinguished School: Rowland High School






ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – FEBRUARY 28, 2019 – Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell announced that Rowland High School was named by the California Department of Education as a 2019 California Distinguished School, the state’s highest designation for excellence in education. The award recognizes California schools that have outstanding educational programs that meet student needs, resulting in student achievement and success.

“This important achievement recognizes the tremendous effort that our Rowland High School educators and staff have made in increasing access to honors programs for students,” said Mitchell. “The Board of Education and I congratulate them for their dedication in providing rigorous educational experiences for students that have raised school wide achievement.”

            Rowland High School was recognized for its plan, implementation and results of its system-wide approach to increase access to honors level courses for all students and the expansion of rigorous course offerings. The percentage of students enrolled in the honors program school wide has increased from 28.7% in 2008 to 48.3% in 2018. The school went from offering 35 types and 66 sections of honors, AP and IB courses in 2008 to 45 types and 93 sections in 2018. The school also expanded its AVID college preparation courses from one to five sections for students. Teachers focused on skill development with their students, and courses were developed such as summer school writing class, AVID Skills for Success and summer enrichment courses for students to be prepared to gain access to honors classes the following year.

“I am extremely proud of the staff, students, and parents of Rowland High School as this award is reflective of all stakeholders in our system,” said Rowland High School Principal Mitchell Brunyer. “The efforts to promote, provide access, and support our honors curriculum has been an ongoing process involving the entire school community. At this point almost half of the entire student body is enrolled in an honors-level course.”


Rowland High School will be honored at the California School Recognition Ceremony on April 5 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.


Rowland High School is located at 2000 S. Otterbein Ave. in Rowland Heights. Principal: Mitchell Brunyer can be reached at (626)965-3448.