The West Covina Unified School District is dedicated to uncompromising excellence in education and citizenship.
The mission of the West Covina Unified School District, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide all students access to a high-quality, well-rounded curriculum rich in meaning and rigor that inspires:
As I begin my first full year as Superintendent of West Covina Unified, I am excited by all of the new opportunities we will be offering students this coming school year!
The Board of Education enthusiastically approved to apply for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) from grades 6 through 10 and Primary Years Program (PYP) from Kinder to grade 5 to complement our IB Diploma Program. The MYP program at Edgewood Middle School and the PYP programs at Cameron and Orangewood Elementary Schools are in the qualifying process this year and will undergo a year-long process in order to be officially named IB Schools. If these schools do become IB Schools, West Covina Unified will be one of the few districts in Southern California to have the IB Program K-12 continuum. At West Covina High School, the Board has approved the Advance Placement (AP) Capstone Program which will provide an AP Diploma for an already robust AP curriculum.
Another new opportunity for our students that has been well received is the Dual Language Immersion Program happening at Monte Vista and Orangewood Elementary Schools. Beginning in kindergarten this year, students will be completely immersed in two languages throughout their learning day, with Spanish and English as the two languages. It is our hope to expand the program and offer more than one foreign language to students in the future.
We are also placing a special emphasis to expand our College and Career Readiness Program by not only offering more post-high school choices for our seniors, but to give underclassmen a chance to plan ahead. Using state of the art technology, even middle school children can begin to consider life goals in the area of college and career.
I look forward to continue working with the School Board and all our stakeholders to help prepare our students to be college and career ready upon graduation.
Charles D. Hinman, Ed.D.