About the School
Bandini Elementary is the fourth oldest of the 28 schools in the Montebello Unified School District. Washington Elementary was completed in 1920, Eastmont Intermediate in 1923, Winter Gardens Elementary in March of 1924 and Bandini Elementary in April of 1924. The original one-story school building was popular during the early to mid 1920s. Bandini's main building consisted of six classrooms, a small office, a teachers' lounge and two lavatories. In September 1924 the auditorium was completed. It was attached to the main building by an arcade, both the main building and auditorium were built to last 50 years. In April 1951 the Cafetorium was constructed. In 1953 two additional rooms plus an additional lavatory were built. In 1954 another classroom was added, and in 1960 two more classrooms were constructed.
Bandini Elementary School is located in the western region of City of Commerce and serves students in grades transitional kindergarten through five. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, 433 students were enrolled, including 21% in special education, 46.9% qualifying for English Language Learner support, and 79.2% qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
School administration and teaching staff place a high priority on providing adequate adult supervision on campus before, during and after school. As students arrive on campus each morning, the principal and yard supervisors are strategically assigned to designated entrance areas, the breakfast area and playground. During recess, the principal and yard supervisors supervise playground activity. The principal and yard supervisors monitor lunch time activity in the cafeteria and on the playground. At the end of the day when students are dismissed, the principal, teachers, and yard supervisors monitor student behavior to ensure a safe and orderly departure.
Bandini Elementary School's discipline practices and behavior management strategies comply with approved board policies and designed to create effective learning environments and minimize classroom disruptions. Progressive discipline and proactive measures are employed in the classroom for those students experiencing difficulty following school rules and demonstrating positive behavior. Disciplinary intervention is managed by school administrators in a fair, firm and consistent manner based upon the nature of the situation.
All staff development training and curriculum development activities at Bandini Elementary School revolve around the California State Content Standards and Frameworks. During the 2017-2018 school year, Bandini Elementary School held staff development training devoted to:
- Data Team Process
- Accelerated Learning Lab
- 3D printing
- Writing Strategies
- English Language Development Across Content Areas
- Academic Language Development (ALD)
- Common Core State Standards Training
- ViewSonic Training
- AVID Elementary
- Montebello Teacher Induction Program (MTIP)
- Thinking Maps
- Daily 5 & Cafe
- Fostering Math Practices
- Technology Training
- Close Reading
- Rigorous Curriculum Design (K-5th)
- Project Based Learning
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
- Scholastic Webinars
Bandini Elementary School offers support to new and veteran teachers through peer coaching and mentoring. Instructional aides are provided targeted training focused on teaching strategies and curriculum content. Substitute teachers are invited to participate in designated staff development activities. All staff are encouraged to attend professional workshops and conferences. Classified support staff receive job-related training from department supervisors and district representatives.
School Accountability Report Card. (2019-2020). Published February 2021.