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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 Celebrates Lunch Ladies & Lunch Gentlemen

Before the District closed for Thanksgiving Break, the El Monte City School District Nutrition Services Department celebrated their amazing staff for providing meals to the community throughout the pandemic. In attendance were representatives from Gold Star Foods who also recognized the Nutrition Services team with a custom plaque and giveaways.
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FREE TUTORING for Foster Youth

iFoster has partnered with Learn To Be - a national nonprofit that provides one-on-one virtual tutoring in any subject for foster students in K-12th grade. Their partnership means free tutoring to foster students and families who are members of iFoster. Membership is free, click headline for more details!
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IMPORTANT: Change In Meal Distribution Schedule For Thanksgiving Break

El Monte City School District's Nutrition Services Department will only be distributing meal boxes on Monday, November 23rd from 8am - 10am at Durfee, Potrero, and Shirpser. All children 18 & under qualify for a meal box. Regular meal schedule resumes Monday, November 30th after the District's Thanksgiving Break.
Important Message to Parents & Guardians

Instructional Schedule Update for TK - 8th Grade

El Monte City School District has made a minor change to the instructional schedule for TK-8th Grade in order to provide more asynchronous learning time for students. Click headline to view full message and new schedule.
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EMCSD Kindness Campaign: Accepting Donations Until Noon Friday, 11/20

We're asking our community to help us collect personal hygiene products so we can donate them to our local Emergency Resources Association (ERA). These products will be given to those in need, click headline for full details. Schools will be accepting donations until 12:00pm Friday, November 20th.