Covina-Valley Unified School District, California

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Covina-Valley Unified School District
Covina, CA
Covina-Valley seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Catherine Nichols, Ed.D.
Graduation rate:92.8%
Number of schools:18
Budget: $109.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Charles M. Kemp
Board members:5
Term length:4

The Covina-Valley Unified School District is a school district in California that is based in Covina, California in Los Angeles County. It currently serves 13,256 students in 18 schools.

About the district


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Covina-Valley Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Covina, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 47,407 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Covina (%) California (%)
White 58.5 57.6
Black or African American 4.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.0
Asian 11.9 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.8 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 52.4 37.6


Covina outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. Covina underperforms the rest of California when compared on the basis of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Covina was $67,638 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 23.1% of Covina residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Covina was 10.4% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 85.7% of Covina residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


Dr. Catherine Nichols, Ed.D. is the current Superintendent of Covina-Valley Unified School District. She has served in this position since 2010. Nichols had previously served as the Superintendent and Director of Curriculum for Glendora Unified School District. She earned her Master's Degree and Doctorate in Education Administration from University of Southern California and her Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University.[5]

School board

Current school board members include:[6]

Covina-Valley Unified School Board
Member Board Position Term Ends
Charles M. Kemp President 2017
Richard M. White Vice President 2017
Darrell A. Myrick Clerk 2015
Mary L. Hanes, M.D. Member 2015
William L. Knoll Member 2015


Covina-Valley Unified School District does not publish its annual budget on its website.[7]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $87,222,910 59.1% $0 0% $48,587,260 32.9% $6,162,804 4.2% $5,680,037 3.8% $147,653,011
Averages: $87,222,910 59% $0 0% $48,587,260 33% $6,162,804 4% $5,680,037 4% $147,653,011

Teacher salaries

The Covina-Valley Unified School District employs approximately 597 teachers. Below is the monthly salary schedule for teachers in the 2008-09 Certificated agreement.[8]

CPS FY2008-2009 Monthly Salary Schedule
Years EXP BA B.A. +15 B.A. +30 MA B.A. +60 incl. MA +20
1 3722.73 3873.64 4029.09 4190.00 4357.27
2 3892.73 4048.18 4210.00 4379.09 4552.73
3 4066.36 4230.00 4399.09 4575.45 4758.18
4 4250.00 4419.09 4596.36 4748.18 4971.82
5 4440.00 4619.09 4803.64 4995.45 5196.36
6 4640.91 4826.36 5019.09 5220.00 5429.09
7 4850.00 5044.55 5245.45 5455.45 5674.55
8 5068.18 5270.00 5481.82 5700.00 5929.09
9 5508.18 5728.18 5957.27 6195.45
10 5987.27 6225.45 6474.55
11 6507.27 6766.36
12 7070.91
15 5245.00 5699.91 6196.09 6733.18 7318.73
20 5376.55 5843.55 6351.64 6902.00 7501.55
25 5483.91 5960.00 6478.18 7039.64 7651.09

District schools

Covina-Valley Unified School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Covina-Valley Unified School District
Barranca Elementary
Ben Lomond Elementary
Children's Center
Covina High
Cypress Elementary
Fairvalley High
Grovecenter Elementary
Lark Ellen Elementary
Las Palmas Middle
Manzanita Elementary
Merwin Elementary
Mesa Elementary
Northview High
Rowland Avenue Elementary
Sierra Vista Middle
South Hills High
Traweek Middle
Workman Avenue Elementary

Academic performance

California STAR program

California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, which includes the California Standards Tests (CST), the California Modified Assessment (CMA), and the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), measures the achievement of California content standards for grades two through eleven. STAR results include English-language arts and mathematics in grades 2-11, science in grades 5 and 8-11, and history-social science in grades 8, 10, and 11. In high school, math and science tests reflect the course in which the student is enrolled. There are five benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency on STAR. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students.[10]

STAR - Covina-Valley Unified School District - Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced[11]

Covina-Valley Unified School District Proficient/Advanced Percentage
Subject District percentage State average
English-Language Arts 56% 54%
Mathematics 47% 50%
Science 61% 57%
History - Social Science 52% 48%


AVID program

Covina-Valley Unified School District has adopted the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program, a national system of college readiness, which helps to increase learning and academic performance. The program is for students in elementary grades through higher education to aid in achieving their goal of attending college. Sophomore AVID students were given a tour of Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Cal State San Marcos, San Diego State, University of San Diego, and UC San Diego campuses. The purpose of the trip was to give AVID students exposure to non-local universities they may not have been able to visit in the future.[12]

Website evaluation

The Covina-Valley school district website contains links to the Board of Education members[13], board agendas and minutes[14], the citizens' bond oversight committee reports[15], and the school accountability report cards (SARCs)[16].

Contact information

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Covina-Valley Unified School District
519 E. Badillo St.
Covina CA 91723
District website

See also

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