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Principal's Message

By Katherine Choe

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Mar Vista Elementary School for Advanced Studies.

At Mar Vista, we believe in educating the whole child; supporting each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth and development. Our school community strives to provide the highest quality curriculum and instruction, enrichment programs, and learning environment for all of our students. Listed below are some of the excellent programs we offer:

  • Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) – constructivist approach to understanding math concepts

  • Writing Workshop – method of instruction focusing on child-centered, independent writing

  • Technology integration in all classrooms

  • Computer Lab with Planet Bravo

  • Visual Art Studio

  • Music and Chorus

  • Dance

  • Science Lab

  • Enrichment PE

  • Wonder of Reading Library  

  • Calm Classroom (UCLA CARES) – mindfulness exercises focusing on breathing, relaxation, and body awareness

  • Community Circle – to develop healthy social/emotional relationships and conflict resolution strategies

  • Growing Great – nutrition and gardening

  • Spirit Series – bringing history to life through literacy and drama

  • After school programs – visual art, orchestra, clubs, and STAR (foreign languages, theater, dance, music, sports…)

Mar Vista is a model community school in which parents work alongside the school staff to ensure that our children have optimal opportunities and experiences during their formative years. Our curriculum and enrichment programs are taught by exceptional and highly qualified educators. We are supported by the generous donations of our parents and community members, who also volunteer numerous hours in classrooms, on committees, and at school events. This meaningful collaboration creates an outstanding academic and social climate, making Mar Vista the place to be!

Katherine Choe