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Where do I get more information about the District and individual schools?

The "About Us" page is a good place to start. For more about the individual schools, go to "Schools" and click on the link to your school.

How do I start my child in school?

To start your child(ren), please contact your individual school site. You will need the following documents to start your child:

  • One proof of residency (Utility bill, Telephone bill, Mortgage statement, etc.)
  • Immunization records
  • Address of prior school attended (so that a request may be sent to transfer your child’s records)
  • Proof of age (Birth certificate, a certified copy of a birth record or a statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the date of birth, or a baptism certificate duly attested, or a passport, or when none of the forgoing is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent, guardian, or custodian of the minor, or any other appropriate means of proving the age of the child as prescribed by the governing board of the school district.
  • Proof of current physical examination (In order to meet State requirements, must have occurred after March 1 of the year that the child is starting school.)

 

For additional information regarding your child starting school, please call your neighborhood school,

 

El Portal Elementary School

200 N. Nada Street

La Habra, CA 90631

(562) 902-4211

 

Jordan Elementary School

10654 Jordan Road
Whittier, CA 90603
(562) 902-4221

Macy Elementary School

2301 W. Russell Street

La Habra, CA 90631

(562) 902-4231

 

Meadow Green Elementary School
12025 Grovedale Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
(562) 902-4241

Olita Elementary School

950 S. Briercliff Drive 

La Habra, CA 90631

(562) 902-4251

 

Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School
16430 Woodbrier Drive
Whittier, CA 90604
(562) 902-4261

 

How do I start my child for Kindergarten?

To start your child(ren), please contact your individual school site. You will need the following documents to start your child:

  • One proof of residency (Utility bill, Telephone bill, Mortgage statement, etc.)
  • Immunization records
  • Address of prior school attended (so that a request may be sent to transfer your child’s records)
  • Proof of age (Birth certificate, a certified copy of a birth record or a statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the date of birth, or a baptism certificate duly attested, or a passport, or when none of the forgoing is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent, guardian, or custodian of the minor, or any other appropriate means of proving the age of the child as prescribed by the governing board of the school district.
  • Proof of current physical examination (In order to meet State requirements, must have occurred after March 1 of the year that the child is starting school.)

 

For more information, please call the school office directly, or call the Curriculum/Instructional Office at the District Office at (562) 902-4271.

 

 

How do I find out if my child is old enough to start Kindergarten?

The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 changed the Kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1 so children begin at 5 years of age. The rollback will be implemented over a three-year period, rolling back one month per year beginning in 2012/13.

September 1 - for the 2018/2019 school year

Can my child attend Transitional Kindergarten?

The law creates a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program for those students who miss the cutoff date for Kindergarten and who are born between:

 

September 2 – December 2 for the 2018/2019 school year

How do I find out about immunizations for 7th grade students?

All students entering the 7th grade must have the "Tdap" shot prior to starting school. This is a booster shot for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertusis. Proof of this vaccine must be received in the school office of your child’s school by the first day of school. Seventh grade students who have not had this vaccination will not be able to attend school until this requirement is met. Call the school office if you have any questions, at (562) 902-4261.

What is the proper procedure and chain of command for concerns?

If you have a concern regarding your child’s school, you should first speak to your child’s teacher. If your concern is not resolved, then the concern should be brought to the attention of the principal at your school.

If the concern is not resolved at that level, please submit in writing a formal letter to the Superintendent of Schools, located at 11019 Valley Home Avenue, Whittier, CA 90603. You may also contact the Superintendent’s Office at (562) 902-4203.

How do I learn about dress code?

All schools have a dress code. Click below to view our Dress Code Pamphlet.

Dress Code Pamphlet

 

Where can I find a list of Lowell Joint School District telephone numbers?

You may find a list of Lowell Joint School District telephone numbers below:


District Office (Main Line) (562) 943-0211

Superintendent’s Office (562) 902-4203/Fax: (562) 947-7874

Business Office (562) 902-4285/Fax: (562) 902-9252

Curriculum/Instruction Office (562) 902-4271/Fax: (562) 947-3620

Special Education Office (562) 902-4275

Technology Office (562) 902-4286

Fiscal Services Office (562) 902-4284

Instructional Materials Center (562) 902-4277

Bilingual Services (562) 902-4272

Maintenance Department (562) 902-4290/Fax: (562) 947-9580

Nutrition Services Office (562) 943-6560/Fax: (562) 947-7611

 

Is there a charge for public education?

Education is tuition-free in California. Schools are primarily financed by local property taxes and state funds.

What school should my child attend?

Assigned neighborhood attendance areas are determined by street name and number. Click here to see a map with the District boundaries. For additional information or to check a specific address, please call the District Office at (562) 943-0211.

 

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Can I start my child in a school other than my assigned school?

If you live in the Lowell Joint School District and do not want to attend your neighborhood school, an intra-district permit must be completed and approved. This form may be acquired at the District Office located at 11019 Valley Home Avenue, Whittier, CA 90603.

How can I attend a school in Lowell Joint School District if I live in another District?

To apply for an inter-district permit, you must first contact your school or district of residence to obtain the paperwork to complete and submit to the appropriate offices.

What is for lunch today?

School lunch menus are available online. You may access them on our Nutrition Services page.

Where can I find the Student Attendance Calendar?

The Student Attendance Calendar can be found on the Bulletin Board on the homepage and under the "Parents" tab.

Do you offer before- and after-school day care?

Before- and after-school day care is available at four of our elementary sites. The program is offered through Options-Surround Care. For more information, please contact Options at (626) 284-9935.

What type programs of does the Lowell Joint School District offer?

Special programs provided at the schools include art and vocal music (K-8), instrumental music (6-8), drama (7-8), and physical education (K-8). Libraries and computer labs are available at all of the schools. Honors classes, STEM classes, and after-school sports are offered at the junior high school.

Does every volunteer require fingerprint clearance?

Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint clearance are required of volunteers whose responsibilities may result in unsupervised work with students. Unsupervised refers to situations and/or volunteer roles in which the volunteer will be alone with one or more students. Examples include: one-on-one tutoring in a private space, facilitating yard duty, or a group field trip without a District staff member nearby.

Do I need to be fingerprinted if I am a volunteer or employee of another government agency or outside organization?

Agencies are not allowed to share the confidential information required in a livescan request. The Lowell Joint School District is liable for all volunteers registered through the District and must request a livescan for all volunteers.