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Principal's Message

Welcome to Mar Vista Elementary School for Advanced Studies!

At Mar Vista, we believe in educating the whole child to support each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth and development by providing learning opportunities that are child-centered, age-appropriate, engaging, differentiated, and hands-on.  

Our school staff and community strive to provide the highest quality curriculum and instruction, exciting arts and enrichment programs, and optimal learning environment for all our students.  Listed below are some of the excellent programs we offer throughout the school year:

  • Music and Chorus
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Science Lab
  • Computer Lab with an Advanced Curriculum by Planet Bravo
  • Technology Integration
  • Spirit Series – history comes to life through literature, drama, and character building 
  • Enrichment PE – participating in physical exercises, team sports, and sportsmanship 
  • Growing Great – nutrition and gardening 
  • Wonder of Reading Library  
  • Calm Classroom by UCLA Cares Program – mindfulness exercises to support mental and emotional well-being
  • Community and RJ Circles – social-emotional learning and support, along with conflict resolution strategies
  • Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Mathematics in partnership with UCLA Mathematics Project – approach to teaching and learning mathematics by building on what children already know and extending their mathematical ideas, solving problems using real-world contexts and multiple strategies, attending to student thinking, and helping children to build deeper levels of conceptual understanding which progresses to abstract representations.
  • Balanced Literacy through Reading & Writing Workshops – approach to teaching and learning reading and writing following five tenants of:  choice, authenticity, independence, process over product, and time.  Our goals are to provide opportunities for choice, utilize authentic purposes for reading and writing, build strategies to support fluency and comprehension, and ultimately to support kids in becoming life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence.
  • After school programs offering coding, robotics, band, theater, dance, visual arts, sports, cooking, foreign language, and so much more! 

Mar Vista is a model community school where parents collaborate with the school staff to ensure that our children have optimal opportunities and experiences during their formative elementary 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 volunteer numerous hours, serve on various committees, lend their expertise and talents, and support our school in numerous ways (too many to count).  This meaningful collaboration of stakeholders creates an outstanding academic and school climate, making Mar Vista the place to be!

Katherine Choe

Katherine Choe, Principal