To meet the needs of our diverse student population, West Covina Schools offers the following programs:
We have developed several local programs to help our students plan and prepare for college and career.
Career Technical Education
Career Technical Education (CTE) engages students in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience that results in the mastery of specific career and academic skills. Our CTE program offers classes like:
- Interior/Architectural design
- Textiles and Apparel
- Food Service and Hospitality
- Industrial Technology
- Sports Medicine
- Cabinetry and Construction
- Animal Science
- Graphic Arts
- Medical/Dental Assisting
- Marketing and Business
- Forensic Science
College Prep Classes
West Covina offers a set of courses designed to meet the admission requirements of a wide range of colleges and universities. Our college prep course patterns match those required by the University of California, California State University, and many independent colleges. We also offer Advanced Placement courses at West Covina High School and International Baccalaureate courses at Edgewood High School for those students who want a more rigorous preparation.
Credit recovery provides coursework to help struggling students reach content mastery and complete the requirements necessary to graduate with their peers.
Dual Language Immersion Program
Beginning in 2015-2016 West Covina Unified School District (WCUSD) will offer a Dual Language Immersion Program at Orangewood Elementary School and Monte Vista Elementary School. The goal of the program is to provide students instruction in both English and Spanish so they will become biliterate. Students who have the ability to read, write, think, and communicate in two languages are better prepared to compete in a global economy and possess a command of language that will support them in being college and career ready upon graduation. Students who participate in this program will become eligible for the “California Seal of Biliteracy” for their high school diploma. For more information about this program, please review our flyer (English or Español)
The California Department of Education funds and regulates our state programs. To learn about them, please visit their corresponding websites available at the side of this page.
California Senate Bill 1381 stipulates that public schools provide a transitional kindergarten program for students who miss the district cutoff date but who turn five during the first semester of school. This early childhood education program builds a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and uses a modified curriculum that is both age and developmentally appropriate. At WCUSD, transitional kindergarten students must turn five between September 2 and December 2 of the current school year to participate.
English Language Learners
West Covina Schools provides services to English learners to ensure that they are acquiring English proficiency and recouping any academic deficits that may have occurred in other areas of the curriculum. Two program options are available: Sheltered English Immersion and Mainstream English. These programs teach language acquisition simultaneously within the core curriculum. During language acquisition, we provide additional services in the classroom to ensure students are overcoming language barriers to master concepts and recoup academic deficits as necessary.
In order to identify and determine students’ level of English proficiency, WCUSD utilizes the Home Language Survey and the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The CELDT assess a student's ability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English. Results of this test determine the appropriate classroom placement and level of support for English Language Development instruction received by each identified English learner student. More information about these options is available to download at the side of this page.
Our federal programs are mandated and funded through federal legislative acts to ensure all students have equal access to educational opportunities and resources.
US Air Force Jr. ROTC
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp prepares students to lead and serve their community and nation. It teaches them to set goals and learn life skills needed for success in college and/or career. It does offer high school credit, but does not require any military commitment.
Title I improves the academic achievement of students by ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity to receive a high-quality education and reach proficiency in state standards. Funds from this program help schools align their curriculum to close the Achievement Gap and support targeted populations of students reach federal and state identified proficiency goals. California’s Title I program falls under the umbrella of Program Improvement (PI).
Schools/Districts receiving Title I are subject to federal accountability systems found in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). These accountability systems, based on proficiency in reading and mathematics standards, require annual testing for all students in third through eighth grade, and grade 11, as well as annual progress objectives that ensure all significant sub-groups of students reach proficiency during each school year. Schools/Districts that fail to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals for proficiency, established by the state and federal government, are subject to corrective measures and identified as Program Improvement (PI).
The purpose of Title II is to improve student achievement by hiring and developing highly qualified teachers. We set aside these funds to recruit and train teachers and principals with appropriate credentials who are committed to professional development and effective teaching methods. This program funds the exceptional professional development program at West Covina Schools.
Title III funding is used to provide language instruction to immigrant students and children with limited English proficiency. We use Title III funding to hire qualified teachers who specialize in English acquisition and to promote family participation in the instructional programs. This funding also reaches into the regular classroom, helping students who have not yet mastered the English language to achieve at high levels in all their core subjects.