AUSD Earns SARB Recognition

The Alhambra Unified School District has been recognized, once again, as a Model School Attendance Review Board (SARB) award winner. This prestigious and one of a kind Award is presented annually to outstanding SARB programs in California and recognizes school districts who demonstrate exemplary practice in reengaging students to school from chronic and excessive absence by facilitating superior strategies that promote attendance improvement and dropout prevention. Working together with local mental health agencies, the Alhambra Police Department, the Department of Mental Health, the Monterey Park Police Department, Gateway To Success counselors and interns, and with the District Attorney’s office, Alhambra Unified School District has demonstrated that with the proper linkage to support, all students can be successful. The Alhambra Unified School District will be recognized by Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, at the annual state conference of the CASCWA, which is scheduled for April 19–20, 2017, in Tahoe City, California.


The Alhambra Unified School District was selected as a MODEL SARB by a panel appointed by Torlakson. To qualify, local SARB applicants had to demonstrate the use of a data-driven approach to preventing absences from school, early identification and intervention to reduce chronic absenteeism with the use of innovative, collaborative solutions for the most serious cases to re-engage students and their families who experience a challenging time attending school. 


The Alhambra Unified School District prides itself in being a district that works closely with all stakeholders to eliminate barriers to school attendance. As a Model SARB Award winner, not only will Alhambra District be recognized as a top program in California, but will also be a model that will be emulated by other SARB programs around the state to help school communities throughout the reduce chronic nonattendance and increase school engagement. The Alhambra Unified School District has earned the recognition several times in the last decade with the last three awards presented to the AUSD Board of Education in 2015, 2013 and 2011. Most important, this recognition demonstrates that at AUSD school attendance is of top priority. If you have concerns with your child not attending school regularly, we invite you to contact your child’s school counselor, school administrator, intervention advisor, or the Gateway To Success office, for support at 626.943.3410 or you may visit us at We look forward to working with you to ensure the success of all students.