Monterey Park is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, 10 miles (16 km) east of Downtown Los Angeles. The city’s motto is “Pride in the past, Faith in the future”. Monterey Park is part of a cluster of cities(Alhambra, Arcadia, Temple City, Rosemead, San Marino, and San Gabriel in the west San Gabriel Valley) with a growing Asian American population, making up 66.9% of its resident population at 2010; 47.7% of its residents are of Chinese descent, the largest concentration of Chinese Americans of any municipality in the United States. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 60,269.
The Chinese-dominated business district, between Garfield Avenue and Garvey Avenue, is called “Downtown Monterey Park”. In the mid-1980s, Lincoln Plaza Hotel was built to predominately service tourists from Taiwan and Hong Kong. Monterey Park has many choices of Hong Kong fusion cafes, there are several Cantonese seafood restaurants, as well as restaurants offering Mainland Chinese fare. A variety of cuisine can be found throughout the city.
Monterey Park is home to the Garvey Ranch Observatory, located in Garvey Ranch Park, which is operated by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS). It adjoins a historical museum, a classroom, and a workshop. The observatory houses an 8-inch (200 mm) refractor, a telescope making workshop, and a library containing over 1000 books. The grounds are open to the public for free astronomical observation on Wednesday evenings from 7:30PM – 10:00PM, hosted by LAAS members.
East Los Angeles College is located along the southern boundary of the City. The college has undergone a large-scale renovation.
Built in 1929, Jardin El Encanto, otherwise known as “El Encanto”, is a Spanish-style building located at 700 El Mercado. El Encanto is home to beautiful tile and hand painted woodwork. The building, originally the sales office for Midwick Estates, was once a USO center and speakeasy. The City invested in the renovation of this beautiful structure which has significant historic value to the community.
Colleges and universities
East Los Angeles College is a community college that is located in Monterey Park in an area that was once part of East Los Angeles (unincorporated). In addition California State University, Los Angeles is in proximity.
Primary and secondary schools
Four school districts all serve different areas of Monterey Park. They include Alhambra Unified School District, Garvey School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, and Montebello Unified School District.
Alhambra Unified School District
Monterey Highlands School
K-8 schools serving AUSD in Monterey Park include:
- Brightwood School
- Monterey Highlands School
- Repetto School
- Ynez School
Mark Keppel High School, located in Alhambra, also serves Monterey Park.
Garvey School District
Two elementary schools, Hillcrest and Monterey Vista (both are in Monterey Park), serve this part of the city. Monterey Vista is a Blue Ribbon School.
Garvey Intermediate School (Rosemead) also serves this portion.
Once students graduate from eighth grade, they attend Alhambra’s Mark Keppel High School .
Los Angeles Unified School District
Robert Hill Lane Elementary School (Monterey Park), Griffith Middle School (Unincorporated Los Angeles County), and Garfield High School (Unincorporated Los Angeles County) serve the LAUSD part of the city.
Montebello Unified School District
Bella Vista Elementary School, Monterey Park, Potrero Heights Elementary School, South San Gabriel, Macy Intermediate School, Monterey Park, and Schurr High School, Montebello, serve the Montebello MUSD portion.
Saint Stephen Martyr School: opened in 1926 to provide the families of Monterey Park with an opportunity for their children to receive a Catholic School education. K–Grade 8
Meher Montessori School: preschool, lower and upper elementary classes
St Thomas Aquinas School: A Catholic parish school, serving economically and ethnically diverse students in grades Kindergarten through eighth. Founded in 1963, the Church is in the center of our school both physically and spiritually. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Educational Association.
New Avenue School PreKindergarten—Kindergarten through 8th grade. New Avenue school was founded in 1961.
Alpha-Shen Preschool and Kindergarten
Esther’s Nest Children’s School Pre-Kindergarten—Kindergarten
Graceland Christian Day Care Center Pre-Kindergarten—Kindergarten
Monterey Park Christian School Pre-Kindergarten—Kindergarten