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Nixon Academy

19600 Jacob Ave.
Cerritos 90703
FAX * 865-1249



Nixon Academy, 40 Years of Excellence in Education!



Patricia Nixon Elementary School has been serving students and their families for over 40 years. Located in the city of Cerritos, the school hosts the largest elementary school enrollment in the ABC Unified School District. Nixon has been recognized by the California Department of Education in 2004 and again in 2008 as a California Distinguished School for its exemplary and quality educational programs. It is because of these exemplary programs that Patricia Nixon Elementary was recognized as one of ABC Unified School District's magnet schools. Now referred to as "Nixon Academy" of Multimedia Arts Production, the school is celebrating learning through the arts and technology.  



The highly skilled and caring professional staff at Nixon Academy provides a comprehensive educational program for all students in a challenging, safe, and nurturing environment. The staff works in a collaborative spirit to ensure an instructional program that balances basic skills and enrichment. Through the arts, the core curriculum at Nixon Academy is enriched with opportunities for students to develop their full potential and achieve success in school. Visual and performing arts have been an essential part of the school's instructional program for the past 20 years. Students are engaged in various forms of artistic expression: band, vocal music, dance, drama and public speaking.  Through the use of multimedia technology, students demonstrate new ways to create, communicate, problem-solve and collaborate.  Character development is also a school-wide focus in which the staff supports the students in becoming responsible and participating citizens in a diverse and ever-changing society. Setting high expectations, valuing participation, and developing caring relationships are modeled and practiced by staff and students. These tenets have served to maintain the high number of School of Choice, Intra-district and Inter-district permit applications for Nixon Academy.


The staff and administration at Nixon Academy recognize that the key to successful learning is maintaining a strong partnership between the home, school and community. The parents at Nixon Academy are the school’s number one partners in education. An active PTA, School Site Council, Patricia Nixon Education Foundation, and numerous community volunteers work in collaboration with the school staff and


administration to ensure success for each child. The fund-raising efforts supported by these volunteers have afforded the students extended and enriched learning opportunities through field trips, assemblies, state of the art technology and much more.  At Nixon Academy we celebrate learning through the arts and technology! 


Nixon Academy is a school community where the highest expectations are maintained. Nixon Academy utilizes all available resources to enable students to become life-long learners who possess the ability to achieve their utmost potential. We promote a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that invites students to actively participate in educational opportunities. Nixon Academy provides a welcoming atmosphere in which parents and community members are encouraged to become immersed in students' educational endeavors. Individual, academic, and social needs of students and staff are met, creating a desirable environment where all participants are successful. Our shared vision is to better the lives of our children through education and to prepare them for their future.  


Our mission is to nurture responsible and creative learners by providing a safe and respectful learning environment, with unique experiences in multimedia arts production, engaging all students to be compassionate and empowered for the future.


Nixon Academy is proud to be a PBIS School. Our Jaguars JAM with 4 Core Values:







“Behavioral Statement of Purpose:”


Nixon believes student achievement can be attained with respect for self and others,

responsibility in actions and academics, and promoting a positive school climate

through kindness and self-control.


Awards and Recognitions


2015 California Business for Education Excellence STAR School 

2014 California Business for Education Excellence STAR School

2013 California School Board of Education Golden Bell recipient

2013 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll

2012 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll

2011 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll

2010 Recognized as a National Magnet School  

2008 California Distinguished School

2008 Los Angeles Times, one of the most culturally diverse 

schools in the county of Los Angeles.  

2004 California Distinguished School



Program Features


•  Multimedia Arts Production Magnet School

•  Dedicated and enthusiastic staff of professionals

•  Musical, dance and theatrical productions at every grade level

•  Weekly dance class for all students

•  1:1 iPad Ratio 3rd for all third – sixth grade students

•  1:1 iPad “take home program” in all 5th and 6th grade classes

•  JAM live Broadcast Studio

•  “Mobile Device” tech support and access at all grade levels

•  State of the Art technology lab

•  Monthly Student Awards Ceremony

•  Character Counts "Value of the Month"

•  “Meet the Masters” visual arts program

•  National Watch D.O.G.S. Program for Dads 

•  Active and supportive PTA

•  Upper Grade Band

•  Student Council

•  Musical Troupe, upper grade chorus

•  JJJ, primary grade chorus

•  Dance Troupe, upper grade                       

•  Track Team, 5th and 6th grade

•  Academic Chess

•  FIBO Art Program

•  Young Rembrandt’s Art Program 

•  Patricia Nixon School Education Foundation

•  Transitional Kindergarten

• Before and After School/Extended Day Care




It’s A Great Day To Be A Jaguar!