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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, supporting each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth and development.  

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
  • Wonder of Reading Library  
  • Calm Classroom of UCLA Cares Program – short mindfulness exercises to support mental and emotional well-being
  • Restorative Justice Circles – social-emotional support and development, conflict resolution strategies
  • Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) of 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 and method of instruction with goals to build independence, develop strategies to support fluency and comprehension, utilize authentic purposes for reading and writing, build knowledge of the processes and strategies, provide opportunities for choice and authenticity, and ultimately to support kids in becoming life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence.

The following programs will resume when we return to onsite learning: 

  • Enrichment PE – participating in physical exercises, team sports, and sportsmanship 
  • Growing Great – nutrition and gardening 
  • Spirit Series – history coming to life through literature, drama, and character building 
  • After school programs offering coding, robotics, orchestra, music, theater, dance, visual arts, sports, cooking, foreign language, and so much more! 

Mar Vista is a model community school in which parents work alongside with 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

Katherine Choe, Principal