Baldwin Park Unified is committed to providing our students with the highest quality education through engaging curriculum and comprehensive academic programs, including the District’s award-winning Dual Language Program, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, and robust visual and performing arts (VAPA) opportunities.
To ensure that future generations of Baldwin Park Unified students have access to these top-tier programs, it is imperative to adjust the current facility operations and address school reorganization. The District expects to close one elementary school campus at the end of the 2022-23 school year, and an additional elementary campus at the end of the 2023-24 school year.
Since 2015, the potential of school closures and consolidations has been a matter requiring serious discussion and consideration from the District’s Governing Board of Education. In the 2020-21 school year, BPUSD reconfigured its junior/middle schools and consolidated Santa Fe School and Holland Middle School to launch the BP STEM Academy.
At the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, the Board of Education approved the closure of Elwin Elementary School, with students and staff beginning the 2022-23 school year at either De Anza or Tracy elementary schools. The recommendation to close Elwin Elementary School was proposed by the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on School Closures (SACSC) in March 2022.
The SACSC will continue to meet over the course of the 2022-23 school year, and beyond, to evaluate further school reorganization options. The SACSC's recommendation for the closure of one school at the end of the 2022-23 school year was presented to the Board of Education on Jan. 17 during its regular board meeting.
While closing a campus is difficult for all of us in the Baldwin Park Unified community, it is ultimately in the best interest of our students and will allow us to focus more resources on programs and support, helping our students to achieve their highest potential. The District will continue to share information regarding SACSC meetings, Board of Education meetings, parent surveys, and any further specifics regarding the reorganization of schools through ParentSquare and our social media sites.