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Our Principal


Dear Don Julian Families,


Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year at Don Julian School!  Our staff is excited to welcome our students back to what promises to be an exciting year. 


Our school continues as a member of the No Excuses University Network, committed to creating a school that fosters character and academic excellence in each of our students.  With a strong academic foundation, we are preparing our students for college and the ability to be productive citizens in their community.


Our efforts to ensure students feel safe and cared for include teaching and reinforcing our school wide behavior expectations.  We teach our students the importance of following the R.O.A.R – Being Respectful, Orderly, Attentive, and Responsible.


Our students have the opportunity to be involved in school activities: Join our 100 Mile Club, Chess Club, Track & Field Club, participate in our Annual Talent Show, participate in School Spirit weeks and more. We have also added after school sports for grades 6-8. Our Think Together program has added 2 new program leaders and we will now service 125 students in our after-school program.


Parent involvement is important to us at Don Julian School.  We believe that having parents as partners contributes to student success.  Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in our committees like School Site Council (SSC) and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), in addition to attending Coffee with the Principal meetings and joining our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). We look forward to working together for our students' success.


There are several ways that we communicate with our parents and families.  Please make sure to have access to the Class Dojo and Parent Square applications where important messages and information are posted regularly. A weekly phone message The Lion's Roar is sent out on Sunday evenings informing you of important upcoming events.  All of this, in an effort to keep you connected with Don Julian School.


I look forward to another great year.  Just a reminder that my door is always open, and you can reach me by email at [email protected] or phone at 626-931-2900.


Remember...It's a Great Day to Be a Lion!!



Jim Arellanes