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Principal's Message

By Katherine Choe

Welcome 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:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music and Chorus
  • Dance
  • Theater 
  • Enrichment PE
  • Technology Integration
  • Computer Lab utilizing an Advanced Curriculum by Planet Bravo
  • Science Lab
  • Wonder of Reading Library  
  • Calm Classroom – mindfulness exercises focusing on breathing, relaxation, and body awareness
  • Community Circle – social-emotional development and conflict resolution strategies
  • Growing Great – nutrition and gardening
  • Spirit Series – history comes to life through literature, drama, and character building
  • Cognitively Guided Instruction through UCLA Mathematics Project – approach to teaching and learning mathematics by building on what children already know, developing deeper levels of understanding, solving problems using real-world contexts and multiple strategies, teaching perseverance through challenging problems, and building conceptual understanding which progresses to abstract representations.
  • Reading & Writing Workshops based on the Reading & Writing Project at Teachers College Columbia University – approach and method of instruction with goals to build independence, develop strategies to support fluency and comprehension, utilize authentic purposes for writing, build knowledge of the writing processes and strategies, and ultimately to foster lifelong readers and writers.
  • After school programs offering visual arts, orchestra, coding, foreign language, theater, dance, music, sports, cooking, and so much more!

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 of stakeholders creates an outstanding academic and social climate, making Mar Vista the place to be!

Katherine Choe