Originially posted July 9 at 11:42 a.m. / Updated July 10 at 10:53 a.m.
By Susan Motander
The Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) has placed Monrovia High School on its 2018-2019 California Honor Roll. This honor is not one for which a school may apply, but rather is based solely on objective achievement data from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. The school district was only made aware of the honor when the list was announced. The list acknowledges higher performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.
“At Monrovia High School, we are committed to ensuring each one of our students is meeting his or her academic goals and providing all students with the resources they need to be successful,” Principal Kirk McGinnis said.
“Preparing our students for college and careers is at the forefront of everything we do,” Board President Ed Gililland said. “Monrovia Unified has a strong college-going culture that ensures students are prepared to be successful in all their future endeavors.”
Dr. Katherine Thorossian expanded upon that saying, “We make sure there is something to inspire every student at Monrovia High School, in fact in the entire district. At the High School, there is the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for students of that interest. There is also the Renaissance Program for students with a liberal arts bent: we even have a Drama Conservancy.”
According to the superintendent, it is this wide spread of avenues of study that helps students to be inspired to continue their studies. Placement on the Honor Roll shows consistent levels of student academic achievement and that the district is getting students to grade level proficiency and has strong measures of college readiness.
The school will be provided with an Honor Roll banner soon and will be recognized as a model for other districts and schools.
“Monrovia High School’s selection by the CBEE validates the work done by the educators on campus, demonstrating that we are meeting our goal of preparing our students for the challenges of higher education and as contributing citizens of our increasingly connected world,” Superintendent Thorossian said. “We are proud of our students and are thankful for this recognition.”