Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 10, 2019 


By Dr. Edward C. Ortell, Citrus College Governing Board Member

New placement strategies and innovative teaching methods in Citrus College’s mathematics program 
have been making headlines. In fact, a May 2019 episode of PBS NewsHour, titled “Making the Grade: 
Rethinking College,” highlights the college’s efforts to increase college completion rates by modifying 
math education.

These changes align with state legislation that took effect in January 2018. AB 705 requires California 
community colleges to maximize the probability that all students will enter and complete transfer-level 
coursework in English and math within a one-year timeframe. As part of this requirement, colleges 
must now use one of three measures to place students into English and math courses: high school 
coursework, high school grades and/or high school GPA.

At Citrus College, the placement of students in math classes is now dependent upon self-reported 
high school GPA and the last math course completed in high school with a “C” or better. All students, 
including those without a recent high school record, are provided access to entry transfer-level math 
in their first semester.

Of course, adjusting placement methods is only one aspect of AB 705. The legislation’s ultimate goal is 
to eliminate the need for remedial classes, which many believe are a hindrance to college completion. 
Prior to AB 705, students could only enroll in transfer-level English and math if their placement scores 
were high. Those with lower scores were placed in remedial classes to ensure that they were sufficiently 
prepared for the more advanced material.

Before AB 705, 80 percent of California’s incoming college freshman were placed into remedial and 
less than 20 percent of students completed their math requirement within one year. While the remedial 
courses were designed to get students ready for transfer-level coursework, they were actually preventing 
many from completing their college degrees.

Last fall, Citrus College was the 
first local community college to 
completely eliminate remedial 
courses. Those students in need of 
remediation now enroll directly 
into college-level courses, while 
being provided with concurrent 
academic support. Known as 
the co-requisite support model, 
this approach enables students 
to bypass traditional remedial 
courses. In place of these classes, 
the students enroll in their 
college-level math course and in a 
support course at the same time.

One year after the changes were 
implemented, the results have 
been promising. College-wide, 
first-time student completion of 
transfer-level math has doubled – 
from 28 percent during the 2017-2018 academic year to 59 percent during the fall 2018 semester. These 
numbers are only expected to increase as the program evolves. In fact, the college will soon introduce 
co-requisite support for business calculus and precalculus. When fall 2019 classes start this month, all 
students will have access to transfer-level math courses relevant to their programs of study.

As the Duarte area’s representative on the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, I 
am proud that Citrus College is leading the way in transforming remediation and supporting student 
completion. The college will continue to do all it can to nourish the success of all students.


Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

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Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Jo-Anne Woolner


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle College Preparatory

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon




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