Dr. John Garcia

Meet the Superintendent

Our Students Deserve the Best

Welcome to the Downey Unified School District website. As a product of Downey Unified, it is an honor to serve as the Superintendent. I look forward to ensuring that our students continue to receive a top quality education. We, as a District, support the teaching and learning process and believe that the“magic” in education happens in the classroom. 

For decades, our schools have enjoyed the reputation of being a part of a renowned school system and have been recognized for our performance. We are working on constantly improving to be the best we can be for the benefit of our students and the Downey community.

Downey Unified is recognized as a state and national leader in the implementation of Career Technical Education (CTE) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW). We are on the cutting edge of the need to prepare students for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) careers. As of last year, we became one of a small handful of districts implementing PLTW in grades K though 12.

In the coming years, thanks to the community support of Measure O, all of our schools are being renovated to include state-of-the-art technology and first-rate facilities. We provide a full range of programs for students with individual needs including GATE, AVID and Title I. Our K-8 campuses offer ASPIRE, a free after-school academic childcare program that runs until 6:00 p.m. Some sites also offer YMCA child care before and after school.

As we continue to improve as a district, we continue to keep in mind the needs of our kids because “our Downey Unified students deserve the best!”

On behalf of the Board of Education and our employees, I thank you for your ongoing support of Downey Unified.

Best Wishes,

John A. Garcia, Jr., Ph.D.

Superintendent’s Message

Message from Superintendent | Mensaje del Superintendente

Take a few minutes to watch an update from Dr. Garcia regarding our high school graduation/middle promotion ceremonies and our plans to return full time (five days a week) in the fall. Also tune in for a special message to our families and a thank you to our staff in honor of the various staff...

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A Message to Families Before Spring Break

As we head into Spring Break, I want to take a moment to share my appreciation to our amazing Downey Unified students and families.

Un Mensaje para las Familias Antes de las Vacaciones de Primavera: Las vacaciones de primavera pronto se acercan y quiero tomar un momento para compartir mi agradecimiento a nuestros increíbles estudiantes y familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Downey.

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District Update – March 3, 2021

We are proud to announce that during the Board of Education Meeting on March 2, 2021, the Board made the decision to have elementary students (Early Childhood/TK through fifth grade) return to school in a Hybrid Model on Monday, March 29, 2021. Those families who selected to continue Distance Learning will stay in this instructional model for the remainder of the school year.

Actualización del Distrito: Nos enorgullece anunciar que durante la reunión de la Junta de Educación del 2 de Marzo de 2021, la Junta decidió que los estudiantes de primaria (desde la primera infancia / TK hasta el quinto grado) regresaran a la escuela en un modelo híbrido el lunes 29 de Marzo de 2021. Aquellas familias que seleccionaron continuar con el aprendizaje a distancia permanecerán en este modelo de instrucción por el resto del año escolar.

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District Update

Please take a few minutes watch a video message from Superintendent Dr. Garcia with the latest District Update.

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