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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 Co-educational Day Preparatory
Status State
Principal Ms. Janet Shirley
Language of Instruction English, Spanish, Mandarin
Co-ed Age Range 4-11 years
Number of pupils 600
Authorised IB Programmes IBPYP
PYP Coordinator Mrs. Candice Hernandez
Associations IB, CAWS

"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."

Reflecting Southern California's rich, multicultural heritage, Orangewood Elementary is a diverse transitional kindergarten (TK) through grade 5 learning community located in the San Gabriel Valley. Orangewood Elementary is the starting point for West Covina Unified School District's IB continuum that includes the Middle Years Programme as well as the Diploma and Career Pathways programmes in high school.

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. Orangewood families have the choice of enrolling their child in a Spanish or Mandarin Dual Language Immersion pathway. Students are immersed in their second language and often begin speaking their newly acquired language within months of entering the program. Students who continue their language studies in WCUSD are 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 kindergarten. All students engage in Specials classes weekly to enrich their learning. During coding and robotics, students engage in activities that promote engineering design and perseverance. Additionally, weekly dance lessons allow all students to learn the art of dance to further their collaborative and self-expression abilities.

Ultimately, the strength of Orangewood Elementary lies in our wholehearted approach to creating a principled, caring community that honors the uniqueness of each child. The Orangewood community recognizes the importance of educating the whole child. The staff participates in ongoing training in developing the health and well-being of our students. School wide, students are able to engage with our learning garden to foster their cooperative skills, individual responsibility, and scientific wonderings. The enthusiastic involvement of our families and the promotion of student action are evident throughout our campus as well as in the numerous collaborative projects and events undertaken both at school and in the broader community.