The Monrovia Unified School District will allow students who were accepted into the California School of the Arts in Duarte to transfer to the school, officials said Friday.
The district initially denied 12 parents’ transfer requests to the arts school, which will open in August.
The Duarte location is a sister school to the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts. CSA will serve students in 7th through 12th grade.
Officials from Monrovia Unified said the difference in how middle school and high school students will attend CSA for the miscommunication to parents that led to their confusion and frustration.
For high school students, CS Arts operates as a charter school, meaning students don’t need permission from their home district to attend.
But middle school students will have a hybrid education, taking arts conservatory classes at CS Arts and academic classes in Duarte Unified. Those students need their transfers approved.
Parents whose children were accepted to CS Arts were upset that Monrovia Unified denied their initial requests. They said the district doesn’t offer courses comparable to the intensive arts education students will receive at CS Arts.
Georgina Ware is one parent whose daughter attended Clifton Middle School in Monrovia and was accepted to CS Arts’ visual arts program. Her denial letter from Monrovia Unified said the district offered a similar program.
“They’re stating that Clifton has a similar program, and they don’t,” she said. “They don’t have a visual arts program at all.”
Ware appealed Monrovia Unified’s denial. Now, her transfer request has been approved. In total, 10…
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