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Baldwin Academy A School in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Why Baldwin Academy Was Selected

o identify a pool of high-performing schools, we examined student and school performance data from 2003 to 2006. We selected schools to highlight based on the following criteria:

  • High poverty: 86% of Baldwin Academy students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch.
  • Substantially higher performance than predicted: As indicated by a similar schools rank of 10, Baldwin Academy students are performing well above the level of their peers in similar schools.
  • Meeting or exceeding subgroup performance standards: Baldwin Academy students in all subgroups are meeting or exceeding Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in both English/language arts and mathematics.
  • Sustained performance over time: Baldwin Academy has never been identified for program improvement under No Child Left Behind, it has met all AYP requirements. Furthermore, Baldwin Academy has met all Academic Performance Index (API) targets across all subgroups.
  • No selectivity in admissions: Baldwin Academy serves neighborhood students within its attendance zone.

Recognition of Baldwin Academy’s Success

The Baldwin Academy has been a Title I Academic Achieving School for three consecutive years. Baldwin is nominated as a No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School for 2007 and was named a 2006 California Distinguished School.

Factors in Baldwin Academy’s Success

The Baldwin Academy is a notable school focused on participating in shared decision-making and collaboration, providing professional learning opportunities, conducting ongoing analysis of data, and creating a culture of high expectations and extensive family involvement. The Baldwin Academy is beating the odds and demonstrating success with its students.

The Baldwin Academy’s principal of over 15 years, Bonnie Wilson, has remained determined to offer staff, students, and parents opportunities to develop the essential skills for improving their children’s academic achievement. Wilson has developed a school culture that supports a vision of high expectations, hope, and success. Parents are expected to be partners in education and Wilson has been able to achieve a 100% attendance rate at the bi-yearly parent conferences. All staff—from teachers to custodians—and parents are involved in the education of the children. Wilson emphasizes that the school’s success cannot be attributed to a single person, but rather it is due to the teamwork among staff, students, and parents.

How Baldwin Academy Creates a Community of Support and Involvement

  • Offer parents opportunities to develop skills and knowledge: Baldwin Academy provides several parent education and development opportunities, such as English language classes, Family Literacy Nights, and Math Nights by grade level. Baldwin Academy holds a Dad’s Night where male speakers conduct seminars with fathers on parenting and education topics.
  • Expect parents to be active partners in education: Principal Wilson expects all parents to actively participate in their children’s education. Fulfilling this expectation, 100% of parents currently attend the fall and winter teacher-parent conferences.
  • Provide extracurricular activities for students: Baldwin Academy partners with a local community center to provide an after-school program for students whose parents work later than school hours. The program offers both academic and recreational activities.

Educating the Community

Set high expectations for both students and parents. Ask parents to actively engage in their child’s education and give parents the tools to do just that.


Quick School Facts

  • Enrollment: 815
  • Average class size: 20 (K-3), 31 (4-5)
  • Grades: K-5
  • Location: La Puente
  • County: Los Angeles

Source: California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) and Academic Performance Index (API), 2006-07.

Quick Student Facts

  • Free/reduced-price lunch: 86%
  • Minority: 96%
  • English Learners: 43%
  • Percent Special Education: 7%

Source: CBEDS and Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, 2006-07.

School Rankings

  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Similar Schools Ranking 10 10 10 10
Statewide Ranking 6 6 8 8

Source: API, 2003-04 through 2006-07.

2006-2007 API

Schoolwide and Subgroup Targets and Scores

  • Median API Score for Similar Schools: 716

Source: API, 2006-07.