Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, September 16, 2017

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By Joan Schmidt

 Something very wonderful has happened in Duarte. 
The California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley 
(CSARTS-SGV), a public charter school is now operating in 
conjunction with the Duarte Unified School District at the 
former Northview Intermediate campus at 1401 Highland 
Avenue. On September 1, I attended the official “Ribbon-
Cutting Ceremony”.

 What makes California School of the Arts so special and 
desirable? The school teaches four broad groups of art: dance, 
music, theater and fine and media arts. In those categories, 
students can specialize in anything from creative writing to 
art design. If a student really is serious about a future in the 
arts, CSARTS-SGV is a perfect fit. It offers a path of study 
that enables them to become experts before they graduate. 
For grades 9-12, the day is much longer than traditional 
schools. After their academic studies, they participate in 
conservatory from 3 to 5:20 pm daily.

 In its first year in Duarte, the CSARTS-SGV has an 
enrollment of 700 students, Grades 7-11, from several 
school districts. Students must audition to be accepted into 
the school and all who applied were admitted.(Next year the 
school will have a 12th grade.)

 How did CSARTS-SGV come to Duarte? A couple years 
ago, Duarte Superintendent Dr.Mucerino was in a Starbucks 
and met a former student, now connected to CSARTS. Dr. 
Mucerino thought the school outstanding and wondered if 
it could be brought to Duarte. At the same time, the Orange 
County School of the Arts Board of Directors, Board of 
Trustees, and Founder and Executive Director Ralph S. 
Opacic had a vision to provide the same award-winning arts 
and academic instruction to more students. Abbe Levine, 
Dean of the Arts also had a key role bringing the CSARTS 
to Duarte. After several meetings and much planning, the 
school became a reality.

 At a prior reception, Dr. Mucerino said, “On behalf of the 
Duarte Unified School District and our Board of Education, 
it is with great pride that we include the California School of 
the Arts among the DUSD family of schools.”

 Senator Anthony Protantino, Mayor Pro Tem John 
Fasana, and Field Rep Veronica Lopez for Congresswoman 
Blanca Rubio presented Certificates of Recognition to 
CSARTS-SGV for establishing a school with a unique 
culture where students from the San Gabriel Valley and 
beyond can develop as artists and scholars. In addition, 
attendees included the Duarte Unified School Board, 
Duarte City Council Members, Martin Howard of Howard 
CDM, CSARTS-SGV Board of Trustees and CSARTS-SGV 
founding administrative team.

 CEO Ralph Opacic told us on Aug 14, the school officially 
opened its doors to 700 bright and talented 7th-11th grade 
students, each with a passion for the arts, and explained their 
rigorous schedule. At their school, is “a unique culture forms 
from the character of our students and the caliber of our 

 Katherine Powers, Director of the Visual Arts 
Conservatory opened the ceremony with a captivating 
performance of The “Star Spangled Banner”, followed by 
outstanding students’ performances. After the Ribbon 
Cutting, we toured the beautiful campus and classrooms. 
Changes included soundproofing music practice rooms and 
replacing flooring for the dance studios.

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on Friday, Sept. 29, Santa Anita Park is poised to 
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Oct. 29 as the track will offer horsemen and the 
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Under the guidance of Track Superintendent 
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routine maintenance over the summer, with soil 
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Santa Anita’s highly acclaimed Bandera Bermuda 
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their horses home down the homestretch on 
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--Access to special Trackside and Grandstand 
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