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West Covina Unified School District

  • West Covina Elementary School Recognized as 2020 California Distinguished School

    Merced Elementary School has been recognized as a 2020 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education, praised for taking an innovative approach to bolstering English language arts, reading and math skills. This is Merced’s second designation as a Distinguished School. It was previously honored in 2010.

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  • West Covina Unified to Launch High School Performing Arts Academy

    West Covina Unified will establish the next premier performing arts academy in Southern California, empowering students to delve into their creative potential, gain insight from industry professionals and prepare for a future in the arts. The West Covina High School Performing Arts Academy will welcome its first freshman cohort – capped at 50 students – in fall 2020, providing an exclusive fine arts education in a free, public school setting. Incoming freshmen from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply to the WCHS Performing Arts Academy. The District is now accepting applications; students can begin the application process online.

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  • West Covina Unified Student Pursues Dream of Founding Medical Startup

    A senior in Edgewood High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, inspired to seek new academic and professional challenges, has won a coveted award that will help her launch the startup company SafeDetect. EHS senior Vanessa Li – working with a team of two UC Berkeley bioengineering students and a data scientist – co-created a simple, discreet and efficient way to test for HIV during the MIT San Francisco Grand Hack event held this fall. Their efforts captured third place in their track and secured a UC San Francisco Rosenman Institute Prize, which provides resources to help winners patent their products, pitch to investors and launch startups.

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West Covina High Instrumental Music Department to Hold Winter Concert

West Covina High School’s instrumental music department will stage its winter concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the WCHS gymnasium, 1609 E. Cameron Ave., West Covina. The concert will feature performances from symphonic band, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and the band and color guard, as well as a special performance from the Vine Elementary School choir.

West Covina High Band, Color Guard to Perform at Tree Lighting Ceremony

West Covina High School’s band and color guard will perform at the West Covina Mall tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. The band will lead the countdown to the tree lighting and delight attendees with musical entertainment as they meet Santa and enjoy activities like face painting. The ceremony will take place outside the mall near Best Buy, 1800 Plaza Drive, West Covina.

West Covina Unified Student Pursues Dream of Founding Medical Startup

A senior in Edgewood High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, inspired to seek new academic and professional challenges, has won a coveted award that will help her launch the startup company SafeDetect. EHS senior Vanessa Li – working with a team of two UC Berkeley bioengineering students and a data scientist – co-created a simple, discreet and efficient way to test for HIV during the MIT San Francisco Grand Hack event held this fall. Their efforts captured third place in their track and secured a UC San Francisco Rosenman Institute Prize, which provides resources to help winners patent their products, pitch to investors and launch startups.

West Covina Unified Elementary Students Receive Shoe Donations

Fifty Orangewood Elementary School students received new shoes thanks to a collaboration between Nordstrom and Shoes that Fit, an organization that ensures families in need can equip their students with shoes.

West Covina Unified to Provide Information on Early College Academy

West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy will hold an information session at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, providing families with details about the benefits of attending its flagship dual-enrollment public high school. Academy students can earn a high school diploma and up to two years of free, transferable college credit simultaneously. Students from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties are eligible to apply. Mt. SAC Early College Academy is at 2226 E. Rio Verde Drive, West Covina.

West Covina Unified Opens ‘District of Choice’ Enrollment

West Covina Unified is accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-21 year through the state-certified District of Choice program. As a District of Choice, West Covina Unified is eligible to accept families from throughout Southern California in its engaging, highly competitive academic programs. The District’s signature programs include Mandarin and Spanish dual language immersion, California’s only TK-12 International Baccalaureate Continuum and dual enrollment through the Mt. SAC Early College Academy. Visit the WCUSD website for enrollment information.

West Covina Unified to Brief Students, Families on College Financial Aid

West Covina Unified’s Edgewood High School will hold a financial aid information night for students and families, providing presentations on the process and assistance with financial aid applications from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Pride Café, 1625 W. Durness St., West Covina.

Mt. SAC Early College Academy Freshmen to Present Solutions to Environmental Issues

Freshmen from West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy will present weeks of research during the school’s second annual Environmental Solutions Fair, highlighting the effects of plastic pollution on Steller sea lion, elephant poaching, ghost net fishing, pollinator decline, cyanide fishing, the endangerment of sea turtles and more. Students built presentations consisting of a series of cross-curricular assignments, including research papers, art projects created with recycled materials and public service announcements.

West Covina Unified Student Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Brandon Lam, a senior at West Covina Unified’s Edgewood High School, received an Honorable Mention from the National Merit Scholarship program for achieving stellar scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of the 1.6 million students who took the exam, Lam was one of 50,000 to be recognized. Lam, who holds a weighted 4.6 GPA, explores his love of the arts through Edgewood’s International Baccalaureate dance program and is an avid volunteer in campus clubs.

WCUSD Early College Academy Freshmen Present Eco-friendly Solutions

West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy freshmen impressed educators and parents with well-researched, passionate presentations on the effects of plastic pollution on the Steller sea lion, elephant poaching, ghost net fishing, pollinator decline and more during the school’s second annual Environmental Solutions Fair on Nov. 8. The fair capped the first major interdisciplinary project at the Academy, a dual-enrollment public high school that provides students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to two years of transferrable college credit simultaneously.