West Covina Unified School District, California

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West Covina Unified School District
West Covina, California
West Covina Unified School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Debra Kaplan
Graduation rate:94.9%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $92.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Steve Cox
Board members:5
Term length:4
West Covina Unified School District is a school district in California that serves the city of West Covina, California. It is the 110th largest school district in California, serving 15,302 students in 15 schools with an operating budget of $92.5 million.[1][2]

About the district

West Covina Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
West Covina Unified School District is located in western Los Angeles County in West Covina, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, West Covina is home to 106,098 residents.[3]


West Covina underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, but overperformed in comparison to the rest of the state in median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8% of West Covina residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in West Covina was $68,308 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in West Covina was 8.3% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race West Covina (%) California (%)
White 42.8 57.6
Black or African American 4.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 25.8 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 53.2 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

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.[6]


Debra Kaplan is the current Superintendent of West Covina Unified School District. She has served in this role since August 2011.[7]

School board

West Covina Unified School Board of Education is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[8]

West Covina Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Briseida Gonzalez At-large 2015
Alfonso Morales At-large 2017
Maria Lopez At-large 2015
Alma-Delia Renteria At-large 2017
Vacant At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: West Covina Unified School District elections (2013)

Members of the West Covina Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013.[9] Two seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.


The table below displays the budget for West Covina Unified School District:[10]

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
2013-2014 $64,648,551 69.9% $0 0% $26,604,061 28.7% $0 0% $1,292,000 1.4% $92,544,612
Averages: $64,648,551 70% $0 0% $26,604,061 29% $0 0% $1,292,000 1% $92,544,612

Teacher salaries

West Covina Unified School District employed 814 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the West Covina Teachers Association for 2013 through 2014:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 42,895 53,834
B.A. + 15 43,897 60,908
B.A. + 30 44,947 75,935
B.A. + 60 or B.A. +45 /MA 46,000 79,860
B.A. + 60 w/MA 47,052 85,812

Schools in West Covina Unified School District


West Covina Unified School District serves 15,302 students in 15 schools.[1]

District schools

West Covina Unified School District operates 18 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

West Covina Unified School District
California Elementary
Cameron Elementary
Coronado High
Edgewood High
Edgewood Middle
Hollencrest Elementary
Merced Elementary
Merlinda Elementary
Monte Vista Elementary
Orangewood Elementary
San Jose Charter Academy
Vine Elementary
Walnut Grove Intermediate
Wescove Elementary
West Covina High

Academic performance

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 2-11. STAR results include English 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 STAR benchmarks to indicate a student's proficiency. "Proficient" or "Advanced" indicates that a student is meeting or exceeding state standards, which is the desired achievement goal for all students. The following table compares the percentage of district students who score at a "Proficient" or "Advanced" level with the statewide averages from the 2011-2012 school year.[13]

STAR Performance Comparison
Subject District average (%) State average (%)
English Language Arts 60 54
Mathematics 47 50
Science 60 57
History/Social Science 43 48

Contact information

West Covina Unified School District seal.jpg
West Covina Unified School District
1717 W. Merced Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: (626) 939-4600

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