La Habra City School District

Special Programs/Magnet Descriptions

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All schools in the La Habra City School District offer rigorous and highly challenging academics in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. Below you will find information regarding each of the Special Programs/ Magnets for the 2018-2019 school year. 


Las Positas –International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), Grades TK-6

  • Las Positas Elementary School (grades TK - 5) is in the application phase of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP).
  • The PYP continuum of international education is unique because of its global perspective, academic inquiry method of instruction and personal rigor.
  • The PYP website,, is an excellent resource on the Primary Years Programme (PYP).
  • Each grade level collaborates weekly (teachers) to incorporate the IB philosophy, standards and themes throughout the curriculum through the transdisciplinary themes. All teachers work closely with the IB Coordinator.
  • IB is a framework; the existing Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and district curriculum are designed to fit within the framework.
  • The program is school wide and open to all students of any academic level.
  • For videos of students in action visit the following website:

  • All teachers will participate in PYP training and professional development.  There are training sessions in the summer and throughout the year.


Imperial Middle School International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), Grades 6-8

  • The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16.  It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 
  • The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.
  • The MYP fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement.
  • MYP supports students’ efforts to gain understanding of the world and to function comfortably within it.
  • MYP addresses students’ academic, social and emotional well-being.
  • The curriculum consists of eight subject groups: language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, art, physical education, and design.
  • The program is school wide and open to all students of any academic level.
  • The state standards are taught through interdisciplinary units that emphasize collaboration, global awareness and creative and critical thinking.
  • Here are a few links for the IB Middle Years Program.

  • In addition, this link addresses the IB Program in general:

  • Training for teachers includes web-based training, site training, and/or conferences to support the learning of the MYP philosophy.


Ladera Palma - Dual Immersion (DI), Grades, TK-6

  • LHCSD DI has grown and for the 2017-18 school year, we have K-3rd grade.  For the 2018-19, we will be a TK-4th grade program. We are committed as a staff to continue to incorporate the arts, project based learning and coding to our students’ curriculum through the target language, Spanish.
  • The DI program focuses on the 3 Pillars of Dual Language:
    • Bilingualism and Biliteracy for all: Fluency in oral language skills and literacy in both Spanish and English
    • Grade Level Academic Achievement: High academic achievement in all subject areas in BOTH languages
    • Cross-Cultural Competency: Ability to appreciate and understand other cultures to competently navigate among other cultures
  • Teacher trainings and qualifications include:
  • BCLAD certificate in the target language: Spanish.
  • Fluent in Spanish-bilingual and biliterate.
  • Trainings and conferences will happen throughout the year.
  • Extra planning and collaboration time is built into the program to ensure high collaboration and communication between team members.

El Cerrito - Code to The Future (Computer Science Immersion), Grades TK-6

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  • All students, transitional kindergarten through sixth grade, will have an opportunity to develop computer programming and coding skills as part of their daily curriculum.
  • Code to the Future builds a comprehensive curriculum of Computer Science Immersion and is highly engaging and challenging for students.
  • In addition to general brain development and increased ability to focus, the program is specifically focused on developing the four Cs: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, & Collaboration.
  • Students will engage in Lego Robotics, Scratch coding, Minecraft, and more.
  • Watch the following video for more information on Code to The Future:


  • Teacher training and supports include six staff development days provided during the school year as well as a Code to the Future coach to support implementation.


Washington Middle School – STEM Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Grades 7-8

  • PLTW is a rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular program used in middle and high schools throughout the nation. PLTW engages students in activities, projects, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They are exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.
  • Washington offers engineering classes in Design and Modeling, Flight and Aeronautics, Electrical Engineering, Automatic and Vex Robotics, Computer Science, Coding, and Reverse Engineering.
  • Yearly collaboration with Cal Poly School of Engineering faculty and students allows Washington students to engage in project-based learning that incorporates collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • WMS students will promote to high school as logical thinkers, problem solvers, and progressive innovators. 
  • For more information on PLTW, please visit
  • Teacher Training includes: A rigorous 60 hours of training at Cal Poly Pomona resulting in certification to teach the PLTW course.
  • In addition, Washington students will have the opportunity to participate in music classes.


Walnut- Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Demonstration Site, Grades TK-6


  • In the TK-6 setting, STEAM will explore problem solving curriculum and challenge students through exploration, discovery and real life problem solving.
  • It is important to note that STEAM is not a program, but a philosophy.  In the real world, content knowledge is interwoven across the curriculum. The "Critical C's" of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication are emphasized through project-based learning, usually through interdisciplinary (across subjects) activities.
  • STEAM provides the underpinnings for every child to be successful in college, work, and life. STEAM graduates are problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and logical thinkers. They are able to take advantage of opportunities through post-secondary institutions and businesses. 
  • Walnut is looking into Project Lead The Way – Launch, and collaborating with the Tiger Woods Foundation to develop their STEAM focus.
  • AVID is embedded into the daily instruction with the philosophy of growth mindsets, high expectations, rigor and college and career readiness for all students.
  • Teacher trainings will include for both STEAM and AVID programs targeted professional development and preparation during the school year.


Arbolita - Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), Grades TK-6

  • In both visual and performing arts, the focus is on development of the imagination and creative thinking processes, which are integral to the development of students.
  • Visual and performing arts, programs explore the scholarly and practical study of a wide variety of artistic techniques and styles. Within the visual and performing arts is a range of educational opportunities and exploration.
  • The arts are a specific and integrated part of the curriculum. Students learn the arts as discrete subjects, each with its own unique content and standards, and, where appropriate, connect the arts to concepts and themes from the academic curriculum.
  • Arbolita is looking into a partnership with the Kennedy Center to provide VAPA programs.
  • Teachers may be trained during the school year in integrating the arts in the content areas.
  • Teacher training will include an Integration of art, music and/or theater within the content area to enhance the core curriculum.


Sierra Vista College and Career Pathways/No Excuses University, Grades TK-6

  • Sierra Vista has gone through an application process and been accepted to the No Excuses University Network. Learn more about it here:
  • No Excuses University School is comprised of six exceptional systems that will ultimately support college and career pathways for students with services and skills so that students can successfully transition from school to the workforce. 
  • The six Exceptional Systems of the NEU philosophy are: Culture of universal achievement, collaboration, standards alignment, assessments, data management, and intervention.
  • The College and Career Pathways at Sierra Vista will align with Sonora High School, local colleges and universities.
  • Teachers and administration will work with Sierra Vista Alumni who attended or have graduated a four-year college to create mentorships/visits for current Sierra Vista students.
  • Teacher representatives will attend a 2-3 day conference in 2018-2019 as a part of the program requirements for NEU.  At the conference, teachers learn how to deepen implementation of the six exceptional systems.  Each summer teachers are invited to participate in a school-wide book study.

Culture-Merged from No Excuses University on Vimeo.


Las Lomas Entrepreneur Explorations/Art and Music, Grades TK-6

  • La Habra Chamber of Commerce and local businesses will collaborate with students and staff at Las Lomas to provide project-based, hands-on experiences for students.
  • Students will become “innovation ready”: they will receive critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, along with creativity, that will help them invent their own careers.
  • Entrepreneur Explorations will create opportunity, ensure social justice, and instill confidence in our students.
  • Music and the arts will be provided to students during the school day.
  • Teacher trainings will include an integration of the arts in the core curriculum areas, training in Project Based Learning and technology integration.  Included will be the development of student building entrepreneur and exploration interests.