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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Awarded CSBA Golden Bell Award
Posted 11/9/18

Hacienda La Puente Unified School Recognized with Top Statewide Educational Honor

City of Industry, Calif. – The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has been chosen as one of 51 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, now in their 39th year, are sponsored by the California School Boards Association to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes. (Name of district) will receive its award at a recognition reception and ceremony on Thursday, November 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis located at 780 Mission Street.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District’s Dual Immersion Language Program (DILP) is a high-quality educational program that immerses students in any of its three target languages: Korean, Mandarin, or Spanish and their respective culture and regional histories utilizing either a 50/50 or 90/10 model. The DILP promotes a standards-based and multicultural environment that enable students to become bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural citizens. In addition to ensuring that students achieve at high academic levels, participants also participate in a wide variety of enrichment activities and co-curricular programs such as cultural dance and song, instrumental performance, drama, calligraphy, oratorical presentations, martial arts, and much more. The District’s world-class program has earned schools recognition at both the state and federal levels such as the National Blue Ribbon Award, Gold Ribbon School Award, and California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Award in recent years.

“We are pleased to provide this opportunity to create exciting educational environments that prepare our students to be leaders in a multilingual and multicultural world. We hold high expectations for these students who we know will be able to bridge across linguistic and cultural differences in the community. We believe our students will become excellent contributors to our community and beyond,” says Superintendent Cynthia Parulan-Colfer.

A 17-member judging panel made up of experts from school districts and county offices of education reviewed the written entries and made the initial recommendations for the awards. On-site validators assessed the programs in action. This year’s awards are presented to school districts and county offices of education helping students achieve through after-school programs, mentoring, instructional interventions, use of data and other innovations.

“The Golden Bell recipients exemplify the spirit of innovation and excellence for which all of California’s public schools strive,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “The Golden Bell Awards

reflect the depth and breadth of outstanding education offerings in our state, and demonstrate the tenacity, vision and dedication of school leaders across California.” To learn more about the Golden Bell awards, visit the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell website at


CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at