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At Columbia School, we are very proud of our educational programs, students, parents and staff. Our dedicated staff, parents and students understand the importance of academic achievement for personal development. 
Columbia staff work collaboratively as Professional Learning Communities in the interest of creating optimal and substantive learning opportunities for all students. The school community (i.e., administrators, teachers and support personnel) is committed to providing high-quality, standards-aligned instruction. We aim to prepare well-rounded students for the rigors of high school, civic participation, personal growth and ethical development. In order to fulfill this endeavor, we provide myriad academic and extracurricular programs for our students to meet their diverse needs. Specialized intervention classes provide students support in math and language arts. Elective courses enrich students’ curriculum with instruction in coding, speech and debate, choir, band, art, drama and guitar. Students are afforded opportunities to improve their college knowledge through acceptance into the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.
Administrators Jaime Ortega and Rosemary Garcidueñas believe that continued professional development is integral to a school’s evolution. Professionally, they actively pursue professional-growth opportunities through coursework, workshops and conferences and by collaborating with district support staff to develop their own leadership skills. Our focus is to empower all students to reach their maximum potential and continue being lifelong learners.

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EMCSD Update: Mask Guidance

On Thursday, May 13, the CDC issued new guidance regarding mask wearing for vaccinated people, stating fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask. El Monte City School District must still follow state and county mask guidelines, which still require mask wearing at EMCSD campuses. Click headline for full update from the District.
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Need Help Paying for Internet?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Enrollment is NOW OPEN, click headline to view more info.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health VACCINE TOWN HALL for PARENTS on Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will hold a Vaccine Town Hall for Parents to provide the latest update on COVID-19 vaccines, including information for children. You can watch on: YouTube, Facebook, and  Twitter

LACDPH Vaccine Town Hall for Parents

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be hosting a Town Hall for Parents to discuss the FDA's approval of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds starting May 13th. The town hall will be on Tuesday, May May 18 at 6:00pm. Please click headline for details on how to watch the Town Hall.
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Yoga with Durfee (May)

Here is the May schedule for Yoga with Durfee! Connect with your inner self with some calming stretching and balance routines with your friends and teachers! Login through Google meet and join the fun every Monday night at 7:00pm.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-Up sites available at Shirpser and Potrero

El Monte City School District is proud to announce that we are hosting two pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites in May. Appointments and walk-ups are available at Shirpser School on Wednesday, May 5 and at Potrero School on Wednesday, May 12. Click headline for more information and to register for an appointment.