Montebello Unified School District
The Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) is located in the southeastern section of Los Angeles County, fifteen minutes east of downtown Los Angeles. MUSD is comprised of eighteen elementary schools, six intermediate schools, four high schools, one continuation high school, two community day schools, six contract independent study programs, four adult schools, eleven head start programs, and five regional occupational programs. According to 2012-13 California Department of Education and 2009 American Community Survey data, MUSD’s demographics are as follows: 90% of households speak Spanish; 40.1% of adults over 25 do not have a high school diploma; and 13.5% drop out of school. MUSD has a yearly enrollment of approximately 32,000 K-12 students with more than 50% of those students identified as English learners. Over 80% of K-12 pupils qualify to receive free or reduced-price meals.
MUSD’s student attendance area spans approximately 46 square miles. MUSD serves a diverse student population from the cities of Bell Gardens, City of Commerce, and Montebello as well as Downey, Los Angeles, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, and South San Gabriel in part. As of 2012, according to the California Department of Education, the area served by MUSD has a population of 166,739. The Hispanic population is predominant, higher than Los Angeles County’s average, ranking seventeenth in California. Foreign-born residents make up 40.8% of the population. The most common spoken language in the region, other than English, is Spanish. Other significant languages spoken are: Armenian, Russian, and various Asian languages.
MUSD has one of the three largest adult school programs in California. Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS), which operates as part of MUSD, was established in 1936. Service to the community started with a few evening classes in the Montebello area. Classes offered at that time were mainly for the purpose of Americanization. Montebello has an established history and commitment to serving the needs of adult learners.
MCAS operates four major adult school sites: Bell Gardens Community Adult School, Ford Park Community Adult School, Montebello Community Adult School, and Schurr Community Adult School. Three of the four major sites are located on high school campuses, and one school, Ford Park Adult School, is an all-adult facility. MCAS also operates adult school classes at over fifty locations across the district including K-12 schools, local businesses, churches and community centers. Currently, 25,000 students enroll on an annual basis, a 23% reduction in services from 2008-09 when flexibility was instituted by the State. MCAS offers a sequential, transitional program where students start at the beginning ESL level with an ultimate transitional goal of earning a high school diploma, with the option of enrollment in the Career Technical Education Program, college and finally to the workforce. MCAS offers classes in the following AB86 program areas:
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Career Technical Education (CTE)
- Adults with Disabilities (AWD)