BeginningBert Corona Charter High School (BCCHS) opened in August 2015. BCCHS is part of the YPICS family of schools. Bert Corona Charter High School prepares students in grades 9-12 to be college and career ready, active citizens, and lifelong learners. Our school is located in Pacoima and serves students primarily from the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Our school is named after Bert Corona, a Latino activist who dedicated his life to achieving social and economic justice for underserved immigrant communities in Los Angeles and across the nation. Born to immigrant parents in the border town of El Paso in 1918 and inspired by his father’s participation in the Mexican Revolution, Corona dedicated his life to fighting economic and social injustice. His untiring activism, based on coalition-building and community mobilization, spans much of the twentieth century. Bert Corona worked alongside Cesar Chavez and the UFW organizing farm workers and in the political sphere, he served as co-chair for both Lyndon Johnson’s and Bobby Kennedy’s presidential campaigns in California. Bert Corona’s experiences are historical, inspirational, and political in nature. Bert Corona is credited, along others, for founding the modern Chicano movement.
Children are the focus of our families, and therefore are the primary focus of our schools. Families are the building block of a community. By lifting families, we can build strong communities. YPICS looks at the needs of students through a parent’s eyes in order to make the hopes and dreams for our students a reality. We provide a positive, just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture. Our schools are focused on supporting families to help their children succeed in life by ensuring access to a high quality rigorous education and by providing a positive culture in a public school setting.
- Project Based Learning- Students are engaged in interdisciplinary learning which is focused on student creation in an effort to make content more exciting and relevant to their own lives.
- Service Learning- Students are involved in helping to determine and meet real, defined community needs. It is reciprocal in nature, benefiting both the community and the student by combining a service experience with a learning experience.
- Enhanced Learning- Technology is integrated within the curriculum so that students learn computer skills while pursuing academic goals. Specifically, BCCHS offers a Career Technical Education Pathway in Media Arts.
- Parent and Community Involvement- Student and families are provided supports through a community schools model. YPICS embodies the belief that students thrive when they are part of a supportive community.
-Margo De Lay, Daughter of Bert Corona