At first glance, John A. Rowland High School, located in Rowland Heights, California, appears to be a traditional public high school. Yet when you enter the campus, you begin to notice subtle differences in the way this school "feels." It soon becomes clear that you won't find "business as usual" here. There is a clear culture of excellence. High expectations abound with a rich and challenging instructional program and a supportive environment in which all students can find success. You see evidence of this success in students' work, in the interactions between staff and students, and in the everyday operations of the school.
The staff at Rowland High School includes 5 administrators, 84 teachers, 5.5 counselors, 1 librarian, 1 ASB director, 1 IB Coordinator, 25 full-time classified and 20 part-time classified employees.
The John A. Rowland High School Administrative Team has always seen and continues to see our school as a work in progress. They understand the need to keep pace with industry and university standards in order to provide our students with the most up-to-date opportunities for learning and better prepare them for the future. Their vision has resulted in Rowland High School receiving a six-year WASC Accreditation in 2007 as well as being named a California Distinguished School in 1996 & 2004 and a National Blue Ribbon School in 1998.
In November 1999, we were invited to attend the National Blue Ribbon Ceremony held at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. In addition, our Visual and Performing Arts Department was one of only eight schools in the nation to be judged by the U.S. Department of Education as having "exemplary programs in the Special Emphasis Areas of Arts Education." Out of those eight, John A. Rowland High School was one of only three schools chosen to give a presentation at the National Blue Ribbon Ceremony.
In 2005, Rowland's Career Technology Education was recognized as one of the top 12 Exemplary Programs in the State.