Since Southern California’s first school was constructed here in 1852, El Monte has honored the education of its children and has grown into a thriving community of fourteen schools dedicated to preparing our students for the challenge of a 21st century education.
El Monte City School District is a kindergarten through grade eight district located in the eastern part of Los Angeles County serving approximately 8,300 students. Presently, the El Monte City School District serves students of over 20 different language backgrounds. Along with English, the languages most commonly spoken include Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. Our programs and services reflect this heritage and one of the primary goals is to make sure that all children have access to Common Core State Standards and are able to achieve proficiency in mastering them.
The district operates fourteen regular schools that are configured as K-6 or K-8 and one special setting at Thompson School with students being mainstreamed as appropriate into Durfee Elementary School’s classes as they sit on the same campus. The district also offers Federal Head Start/State Pre-School classes and the Opportunity Program for students who require an alternative educational setting.