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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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March Self-Care Corner

March is here and we "march on" with Distance Learning. In a world with so many different opinions it is important for us to practice Habit 5 "Seek first to Understand then be Understood" In March we also remind you to speak up for yourselves and others. Stay safe, Stay Positive and Wash your hands often!
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Over 350 EMCSD Employees Expected to Be Vaccinated This Week!

The El Monte City School District is proud to announce that over 350 of its staff members are projected to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Through partnerships with the East Valley Community Health Center, City of Hope Medical Center, and the LA County Office of Education, EMCSD staff has had ample access to vaccines so far.
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Enrollment for 2021-2022 School Year is NOW OPEN!

Let your children be part of a school community that not only values their education, but their individual growth as a person! We have opened our enrollment for all grade levels, TK-8. If you're interested in enrolling your child into one of our 14 wonderful schools, please click the headline or call (626) 453-3741.
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Yoga with Durfee

Durfee School is hosting weekly yoga sessions for all EMCSD students in all grade levels! Join us for our next yoga session on Monday, March 1st at 7pm. Click headline for more details. Limit to first 250 people.