Sussman Middle School Earns Global Designation!

Our district is proud to announce that Sussman Middle School is now an IB Candidate School* for the Middle Years Programme!

Expanding G.L.A.D. Horizons: New French Immersion Program

The Global Language Academies of Downey (G.L.A.D.) is expanding! Beginning next school year, G.L.A.D. will offer French as a second language option. Currently, students enrolled in the program are immersed in English and Spanish. From this year...

Columbus High School Named 2022 Model Continuation High School

Columbus High School is one of 36 schools across the state of California recognized for 2022.

Downey Unified Alumnus Elected as First Latina President by Harvard Law Review

Priscila Coronado attended Rio San Gabriel Elementary, Doty Middle School and graduated in the top three percent of her class in 2015 from Downey High School.

Alumna del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Downey elegida como la primera presidenta Latina de Harvard Law Review – Priscila Coronado asistió a las escuelas Rio San Gabriel Elementary, Doty Middle School y se graduó en el tres por ciento superior de su clase en Downey High School en el 2015,

Five Downey Unified Schools named Apple Distinguished Schools

Global recognition highlights innovation, leadership and educational excellence using Apple technology.

Cinco escuelas del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Downey reciben distinción especial: Apple Distinguished School

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Employee Award – Chris Nezzer

Employee Award – Chris Nezzer

Chris Nezzer, Downey Unified’s Chief Technology Officer, received the Shared Values Award in the area of Best Staff and High Standards at the January Board of Education Meeting.

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