Award Year: 2017

Western Center Academy

2345 Searl Parkway
Hemet, CA, 92543-9706

(951) 766-9030

Mr. Paul Bailey, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Hemet Unified School District

School Website

School FaceBook


Learners will be well prepared for a STEM major in college and a STEM career if they so choose.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 45%
  • Hispanic: 39%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 34%
Western Center Academy

Western Center Academy

Western Center Academy, located in Hemet, California, is a dependent public charter school sponsored by the Hemet Unified School District that is focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our school, which rests on the grounds of the Western Science Center Museum, offers a rigorous 6-12 program with academic concentrations in STEM fields. WCA prepares its students for a more rigorous and college-ready learning experience by offering accelerated courses that include honors classes, Advanced Placement (AP), and more than 30 different college courses offered through partnering institutions. WCA has accomplished the benchmark goals for becoming a nationally recognized high performing school that focuses on STEM education while developing well-rounded learners. Western Center Academy is one of only five institutions in California recognized by the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools. Though WCA boasts a robust STEM curriculum, we also offer strong English, Art, and Theater programs which encourage our students to become creative, well-rounded individuals. We maintain an on-campus environment that facilitates innovation, teamwork, and critical thinking by engaging our students in engineering challenges throughout the year. Students employ cross-curricular concepts to approach technical trials as a group which, not only builds the character of the individual student, but the cohesiveness of the school as a whole. WCA believes that all students can benefit from a highly rigorous academic environment that engages them through museum discovery learning. The commitment of students, parents, community, and staff creates the feelings of dedication and pride for all of the "Mammoths" on our campus.