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California Schools to Watch is a statewide program implemented by the California League
of Educators, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum, and the California Schools to Watch model schools.
Valinda School of Academics

Designated 2024

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Elizabeth Bermejo, Principal

1030 Indian Summer Avenue, La Puente, CA, USA

(626) 933-4700

School Characteristics

School Demographics

Replicable Practices

  • Velinda's K-8 Spanish Dual Immersion program with provides students the necessary skills to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural when leaving the program.

  • There is a focus on providing teacher professional development on the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning instructional practices.

  • The school has developed a strong process in the following: MTSS, PBIS, and the Coordination of Services Team.

  • For the past 8 years, Valinda has implemented an afterschool robotics program that has students competing internationally in the FIRST Lego League.

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