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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 Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy to Hold Enrollment Info Sessions

Mt. SAC Early College Academy will host prospective families for a series of information sessions, providing details about the benefits of attending West Covina Unified’s flagship dual-enrollment public high school. The Academy, which opened in fall 2018, provides students with the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to two years of free, transferable college credit simultaneously.

West Covina High School Welcomes Local Student Leaders

West Covina High School hosted a Student Link Crew Conference on Oct. 22, welcoming Link Crews from nine different high schools to connect with one another and increase leadership skills. Link Crew employs juniors and seniors to serve as tutors, positive role models, motivators and coaches to freshmen, facilitating academic success and easing their transition to high school.

West Covina Unified’s New Coronado High School Principal Seeks Equity for Every Student

Coronado High School Principal Shavon Roberts has dedicated her career in education to ensuring equity for every student and helping teachers receive the support they need in the classroom. Roberts has just completed her first month as top administrator at the District’s continuation school and finds herself inspired by the commitment and diligence of the Coronado faculty and staff.

WCUSD Alumni Inducted into University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame

West Covina High School alumni Danny and Diego Mercado were inducted into the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 25 for their achievements as members of the 2007 and 2008 NCAA men’s cross country national championship teams and All-American status. The Mercado brothers graduated from West Covina High School in 2006; Danny Mercado is currently part of the school’s cross country coaching staff.

West Covina Unified Opens District of Choice Enrollment

West Covina Unified will soon begin accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-21 year through the state-certified District of Choice program until Tuesday, Dec. 31. 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 college enrollment through the Mt. SAC Early College Academy. Visit the WCUSD website for enrollment information.

West Covina High School Boasts 128 AP Scholars

West Covina High School – which was named to the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll in February – produced 128 AP Scholars in 2018-19, underscoring the school’s college-readiness efforts and commitment to academic excellence. The list of scholars includes two Class of 2019 WCHS graduates – Narine Setian and Katie Dihn – who were recognized as National AP Scholars for completing eight or more AP exams with a score of 4 or higher and an average score of 4 or better. West Covina High is the District’s flagship AP school, offering 27 AP courses.

West Covina Unified Student Wins Prize at ‘Hacking Medicine’ Event

Edgewood High School senior Vanessa Li captured the third-place UCSF Rosenman Institute Prize in the category of medicine at the MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack event on Oct. 13. Li and her team were celebrated for designing a simple, discreet and efficient way of testing for HIV. She was the only high school student in the event and competed alongside college students and working professionals. The UCSF Rosenman Institute Prize provides winners with legal support, intellectual property consultation and pitch desk coaching.

Local Leaders Serve as West Covina Unified Principals for a Day

West Covina Unified School District welcomed community members, business leaders and city officials to step into school leadership roles during its second annual Principal for a Day event on Oct. 11. The guest principals were greeted by colorful signs and student-led cheers at the District’s 14 campuses, where they gained insight into the responsibilities of managing a school site and learned about the academic and extracurricular offerings in West Covina Unified.

West Covina Unified Prepares Students for Higher Education at Annual College Fair

West Covina Unified students and their parents began planning the first steps toward higher education at the fifth annual District College Fair, held Oct. 2 at West Covina High School. Representatives from nearly 40 colleges and universities answered questions about program offerings, admission and financial aid information for students and their families. Breakout sessions staggered throughout the three-hour event covered such topics as selecting the right school, and NCAA eligibility and scholarships.