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2023-24 Welcome Back Students and Families


The start of the 2023-24 school year was widely celebrated recently as the Long Beach Unified School District welcomed more than 64,000 students across Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood and Avalon on Catalina Island.

The morning of Aug. 30 was filled with plenty of emotions as students reunited with their classmates, teachers and principals after a restful summer break. On display were smiles and hugs throughout all grade levels, along with some tearful goodbyes as our youngest students readied for their first day of school and waved hello to their teachers and soon-to-be friends. 

At Garfield Elementary School, entrances were decorated with balloons and large welcome signs as school and District personnel eagerly awaited the arrival of students and families. Among those welcoming students was Superintendent Jill A. Baker, who served in her first principal role at Garfield from 1998 to 2005.

Several new interventions to support the growth and success of all students are being introduced districtwide this school year. LBUSD is accelerating student achievement through expanded tutoring, targeted reading assistance and additional math support. Wellness Centers at every LBUSD K-8, middle and high school will continue to provide free, confidential services and connect students to vital community resources. Additionally, a historic investment in arts education will provide students across all grade levels with greater access to the arts to help foster students’ creativity and self-expression, and boost critical thinking skills.

Welcome back, LBUSD families! Here’s to a new school year filled with hope and opportunity! 

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