Clovis West High School
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|Fresno, California, United States|
|Principal||Dr. Eimear O'Farrell|
|Mascot||The Golden Eagles|
Clovis West High School (CWHS) is part of the Clovis Unified School District in the well-established suburban community in northeast Fresno, California. A strong concentration of business managers and professionals reside in the area. It was founded in 1976, and has grades 9-12. Clovis West High School is ranked 206th within California. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Clovis West High School is 41 percent. 833 tests administered and 71% tested received a score of “3” or higher. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 51 percent, primarily Hispanic. Clovis West High School is one of nine high schools in the Clovis Unified School District.
In 2010, Clovis West High School attained an API of 852, placing the school towards the top of the California state high schools. The average SAT score for 2010-2011 is 509 (verbal), 540 (mathematics), and 515 (writing). Current results for the school's scoring are maintained at the California Standardized Testing And Reporting (STAR) Program. The following A.P. courses are offered at Clovis West High School: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics, Economics (Micro & Macro), English Composition, English Literature, World History, American Government, American History, Psychology, Spanish, and Chinese. Each A.P. course requires a specific prerequisite course of study. These prerequisites need to be included in the development of any four-year plan culminating in the A.P. experience. Many AP courses require spring and summer work.
Based on all graded courses; weighted; based on 7 semesters of study. A 4.0 scale is used for all classes with the exception of Advanced Placement courses. A 5.0 scale (A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1, F=0) is used for AP courses submitted to the University of California for the awarding of an extra point.
- Graduation requirements: 230 units as follows:
- English – 8 semesters
- Math – 4 semesters to include: Algebra and Geometry (credits may be earned at Kastner Intermediate School)
- Social Science – 7 semesters (World Geography, World History, U.S. History, American Government and
- Science – 4 semesters, including biological and physical sciences (credits may be earned at Kastner Intermediate School)
- Health – 1 semester
- Physical Education – 8 semesters
- Academic Breadth – 4 semesters to include: One year of foreign language or visual or performing arts and an
additional year of either foreign language or visual or performing arts.
Several years ago, Clovis West High School initiated an energy conservation strategy designed to reduce energy costs and the district’s carbon footprint while keeping students and teachers more comfortable in their classrooms, thus enhancing the learning environment. The first major step was the deployment of a new energy management system (EMS) for monitoring and controlling electric lighting and HVAC systems at every school in the district through one central web-based communications port. The EMS enabled the district’s energy manager, Gary Foster, to access real-time energy use data from any individual school or the entire district via a laptop computer and turn electrical systems on and off remotely. Most of those systems operate heating and air conditioning in permanent buildings and temporary classrooms. Clovis West High School has submitted an application to PG&E for a Non-Residential New Construction incentive to build a new energy center at Buchanan High School, where students will learn about energy-efficient technologies and undergo specialized training for new-economy “green” jobs.
Positive learning environment
The enrollment at CWHS during the 2006-2007 year was 2,690. CUSD receives reimbursement from the State of California for each student in attendance during an instructional day. Effective in 1998-1999, this reimbursement (apportionment) is based on actual attendance only, thus eliminating the distinction between "excused" and "unexcused" absences as in the past.
Clovis West implemented the Freshmen Academy in 2002-2003. This academy provides better transition opportunities to incoming students with two counselors to focus solely on freshmen and with Link Crew leaders to offer peer support. It is the mission of the Clovis West High School Freshman Academy to ensure academic and co-curricular support and success by creating connections for all learners in their transition to high school. These efforts are essential in allowing students to take that positive step toward setting and attaining their post secondary career and college goals. This is accomplished by developing student ownership and responsibility, utilizing common planning, organization, and study strategies, keeping an academic focus on state standards, and promoting communication and team-building with parents, students, and teachers.
SAP Services are available to support any students who are experiencing personal challenges, crisis and problems that are affecting academic or personal success. The Student Assistance Program aims to identify troubled students and connect them with the helping services available to them in the school or the community. This includes supportive counseling and intervention, as well as support groups as needed. These support groups deal with such problems as school attendance, coping with illness, drug/alcohol abuse, anger management, pregnant and parenting teens, grief and loss, divorce, teen issues and family issues. Support groups are confidential and meet during the school day and students are expected to make up the work missed for that class.
Academic Decathlon: Academic Decathlon competes in ten different academic disciplines based upon an annual theme. Students compete against other decathletes with comparable GPAs, ensuring a rich, equitable competition for all participants.
AVID: AVID is a program which combines components of student-centered outreach programs with curriculum improvement and professional development. In other words, AVID integrates student centered and school centered strategies.
Mock Trial: Mock Trial helps students acquire a working knowledge of law and our judicial system, improve critical thinking and presentation skills, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of obligations and responsibilities as participating members of society. Each year, a new set of Mock Trial materials based on an important issue facing America's youth is created and produced including a hypothetical criminal case, summaries of case law, witness statements, official exhibits, and simplified rules of evidence. Cases are released in the early fall and the Fresno County competition occurs in January and February with all schools participating in a minimum of four rounds of trials at the Fresno County Courthouse.
- National Honors Society
- California Scholarship Federation
Clovis West vs. Clovis Rivalry
- Billy Volek (1976-), American football quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.
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- Aaron Ruell (1976-), American actor and director. Most notable for his role as "Kip" in Napoleon Dynamite.
- McKay Christensen (1975-) Major League Baseball player, most notably the 2000 Chicago White Sox
- Chris Hernandez (1983-) Basketball player at Stanford