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The ASPIRE program is District-wide after school enrichment opportunity program. Every EMCSD school has an ASPIRE program guided by you the leaders who provide fun daily themed activities for students including physical fitness and social emotional learning. See our current virtual curriculum below:
EMCSD is committed to providing opportunities for children to become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate in Spanish and Mandarin. Our goal is to develop academic proficiency in English, Spanish, and Mandarin to prepare students for a multicultural and multilingual world. Our Spanish and Mandarin Dual Language Programs are offered at two campuses in the District. 
Spanish Dual Language Immersion is currently offered at Durfee School. Interested parents can contact the school directly at (626) 443-3900.
Mandarin Dual Language Immersion is currently offered at New Lexington School. Interested parents can contact the school directly at (626) 575-2320.
If parents are interested enrolling your child in a Dual Language Immersion program, but don't live within Durfee or New Lexington School boundaries, it's okay! We will gladly offer you an intra-district permit so your child can be part of the program. For questions involving District permits, please contact the District main office at (626) 453-3700.
Teachers throughout the district have come together to write art lessons to align with our new English Language Arts adoption. Lessons explore all different mediums including oil pastels, clay, watercolors, tempera paint, collage art, chalk pastels and many other art forms. Schools celebrate their young artists by putting on an art fair at the end of the year. 
The El Monte City School District was named an Official 2020 Golden Bell Winner by the California School Boards Association for Outstanding Programs in the Visual and Performing Arts category. 
Golden bell
The Leader in Me (TLIM) is an evidence-based, comprehensive-school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Each EMCSD school is a Leader in Me school that teaches students about The Leader in Me's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
El Monte City School District is proud to announce our Lego Machines, Mechanisms and Robotics program. Students in Transitional Kindergarten – through 8th grade, throughout the district, will have the opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as robotics are integrated into their everyday curriculum. By providing engaging, hands-on experiences students will develop skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity that will help to prepare them for their futures.

Our district also is also proud of our growing Lego Robotics competitive teams. Teams are comprised of students throughout the district who come together to compete in local competitions designed for students to be able to display their knowledge of the basics of STEM and to apply their skills in exciting new ways.
Lego Robotics
Lego Robotics
Mariachi Academy is part of the After School Enrichment Program at Potrero and Wright Schools. The Academy is taught by mariachi artists who possess the requisite teaching skills and the desire to work with children to further promote this vibrant mariachi art form. The program is open to forty students, fifth through eighth grade, and meet twice a week for two hour sessions.
EMCSD Mariachi Academy
Seven highly qualified elementary music teachers provide music to all our students K-6, including voice and instrument education. Those teachers combined with middle school music teachers, provide music education to enhance the already superior educational opportunities throughout the district.
The Summer of 2017 launched our new musical theater productions throughout the district. Broadway performances included - Annie, The Lion King and The Music Man to name a few. Visual Arts are explored through scenery, costume design, poster creation and more. Music is studied and sung to tell a story. Aural learners will savor the rhythms and melodies inherent to this project-based learning. Dance is brought to life through the show’s choreography. Drama is investigated through character work and storytelling skills. Linguistic and interpersonal learners will embrace the written word and collaborative process. Students will be involved in a complete musical theater experience culminating in a performance open to parents and the community. Look for registration in the spring.
EMCSD Peter Pan
EMCSD Aladdin
EMCSD offer various science based programs District-wide, including coding courses, STEM, and Science Olympiad. In fact, the District hosts an annual tech fair open to the entire community. The tech fair invites local and national science based programs and organizations to showcase the newest innovations in science and tech, while also giving students the opportunity to present projects they've worked on throughout the school year.
Students at El Monte City School District are encouraged to channel their curiosity through technological based programs in an effort to broaden their thinking and skill set.  
Science Olympiad
Medical tech presentation
tech fair