EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

San Jose Charter Academy – West Covina, CA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

San Jose Charter Academy

2021 West Alwood Street
West Covina, CA, 91790-3259

(626) 856-1693

Dr. Denise Michele Patton, Principal at time of Nomination

Erin Shiroma, Current Principal

Charter School

San Jose Charter Academy

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Mission

In partnership with parents and community, prepare our students with the skills necessary to thrive and positively impact the global community through the 21st century.
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 76%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 16%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 47%
 

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SJCA students engaging in their learning.

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Summary

San Jose Charter Academy is a wonderful place for students to learn. Our school's enrollment is 1230 students with 2500 on our waiting list. First through eight grade students attend school 7.5 hours a day, with our Transition kinder and kinder classes attending 6.5 hours. In addition to our research-based core curriculum, students are instructed by single subject teachers for PE, Art and Music. Students are provided with a "customized learning" period during the day where their individual needs are addressed.

Teacher collaboration is an essential component at SJCA. All teachers are provided with a daily block of professional development time in which they meet as grade/subject level teams for a specific purpose. One important area of discussion is student data.

SJCA's technology program continues to expand. All 6th - 8th grade students are equipped with their own Apple laptop for school and home use. All 3rd - 5th grade classrooms have a 1:1 Apple iPad student program, and all K-2 classrooms have a 2:1 iPad mini program. All new curriculum adoptions have a technology component. Technology PD is provided to staff twice per month.

While the delivery of purposeful and intentional instruction is certainly an important part of what we do, addressing our students' socio-emotional and executive functioning needs are important to us as well. Our 8 Core Values are taught throughout the year. We are also very excited about SJCA's adoption of the "Leader In Me" program, involving all TK-8th grade students.