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Orangewood Elementary

Orangewood Elementary

1440 S. Orange Avenue, West Covina, CA 91790, USA

+1 626 939 4820


Orangewood Elementary
School type Coeducational Day
Status State
Principal Ms. Janet Shirley
Language of Instruction English, Spanish, Mandarin
Co-ed Age Range 4-11
Number of pupils 620
Authorised IB Programmes IBPYP
PYP Coordinator Mrs. Candice Hernandez
Associations IB, CAWS

Reflecting Southern California's rich, multicultural heritage, Orangewood Elementary is a diverse TK-grade 5 learning community located in the San Gabriel Valley. Recognizing the power of the IB programmes, West Covina Unified School District established the International World Schools of West Covina, a TK-grade 12 continuum. In July 2017, Orangewood Elementary earned World School authorization, taking its place as the starting point for that continuum.

Students who read, write, think and communicate in two languages are best prepared for college, career, and the global economy. Dual immersion not only provides students with the advantage of bi-literacy, it cultivates cognitive flexibility and international mindedness. At Orangewood, families have the choice of enrolling their child in a Spanish or Mandarin dual immersion pathway. Students who continue their language studies in WCUSD will be eligible to earn the California Seal of Biliteracy with their high school diploma.

As part of Orangewood's commitment to providing a well-rounded curriculum, we incorporate technology and the arts. To enhance learning through 21st century skills, we introduce the use of 1:1 tech devices beginning with iPads in kindergarten and Chromebooks in grade 2. Coding and robotics are studied by all Orangewood students, serving as an early bridge to our district Career Technical Education pathway. Additionally, weekly dance lessons allow all students to explore, study and perform throughout elementary school.

Ultimately, the strength of Orangewood Elementary lies in our wholehearted approach to creating a principled, caring community that honors the uniqueness of each child. In 2020, Orangewood's commitment to kindness earned the distinction of being named a Capturing Kids'sHearts National Showcase School for the third consecutive year. The enthusiastic involvement of our families and the promotion of student action are evident in our grade level "IB Scholar Spotlights" and the numerous collaborative projects undertaken in our Learning Garden and the broader community.

Mission Statement:

"Orangewood Elementary is dedicated to developing globally-minded problem solvers. We enhance learning by inspiring students to inquire through transdisciplinary units, while empowering them to take action using the attributes of the Learner Profile."