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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Edgewood High School Senior Wins $40,000 Edison STEM Scholarship

Edgewood High School senior Carissa Castro’s hard work in the classroom and passion to improve access to clean water have earned her a $40,000 scholarship from Edison International. Castro, who was surprised by her mom and fellow ASB members during a physics class on March 20, was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to be an Edison Scholar.

West Covina Unified Establishes International Baccalaureate Continuum

Students throughout the San Gabriel Valley can pursue a rigorous, globally focused education pathway from transitional kindergarten through 12th grade through a newly established International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum at West Covina Unified, a state-certified district of choice. The pathway is open to students throughout the San Gabriel Valley. For 2019-20 enrollment information, visit the WCUSD enrollment page.

West Covina Unified’s Edgewood IB Schools to Hold Shakespeare Festival

Edgewood International Baccalaureate Schools will hold their annual Shakespeare Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, including performances and family-friendly games. Attendees are encouraged to wear Renaissance attire. Edgewood IB Schools are at 1625 W. Durness St., West Covina.

West Covina Unified’s Edgewood IB Schools to Offer Campus Tours

The Edgewood International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools will offer campus tours for prospective students and families from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8. Families can learn about campus life, activities and course offerings, and the benefits of the IB Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. Edgewood IB Schools are at 1625 W. Durness St., West Covina.

West Covina Unified’s Edgewood IB Schools to Hold Freshman Info Night

The Edgewood International Baccalaureate Schools will hold a “Preparing for High School” Night for incoming ninth-graders from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21. The event, open to all incoming high school families, will highlight the IB Middle Years Programme and high school Diploma Programme, tips on succeeding in high school and freshman course offerings. Edgewood IB Schools are at 1625 W. Durness Street, West Covina.

West Covina Unified Opens Enrollment for Dual Language Immersion

West Covina Unified School District has opened 2019-20 enrollment for its Spanish and Mandarin dual language immersion (DLI) programs. Orangewood will offer Mandarin DLI for the first time to an inaugural kindergarten class and Spanish DLI for transitional kindergarten through fourth grade. Monte Vista Elementary offers Spanish DLI for kindergarten through fourth grade. Visit WCUSD’s Enrollment Page for more information.

West Covina Unified Early College Academy Students Explore Eco Issues

Nearly 60 freshmen from West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy dazzled parents and educators with presentations on ecofriendly burials, invasive species, light pollution and fast fashion during the Academy’s first-ever Environmental Issues Fair on March 15. The fair capped the first major interdisciplinary project at the Academy, a dual-enrollment public high school that provides students with up to two years of transferrable college credit as they earn their diplomas. Photos and video are available.

Mt. SAC Early College Academy Orientation to Welcome New Students

West Covina Unified’s Mt. SAC Early College Academy will welcome new students for orientation from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 7, offering a glimpse of campus life and academics. The dual-enrollment high school provides students the opportunity to earn a diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit simultaneously.

West Covina Unified to Engage Families with Parent University Workshops

West Covina Unified will hold its latest Parent University workshop on Wednesday, March 6, offering tips on executive functioning and organizational skills, student behavior and homework tips. The workshop will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the WCUSD office, 171 W. Merced Ave., West Covina. The evening session may also be attended via a Google Hangouts video call.

West Covina Unified Named to 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll

West Covina Unified was named to College Board’s ninth annual AP District Honor Roll for its commitment to increasing student access to college-prep Advanced Placement courses while increasing the percentage of students earning passing scores of 3 or higher. West Covina High School, which offers 27 different AP courses, was recognized by the Board of Education for its efforts in boosting AP student success during a Feb. 12 meeting.