About Us

Welcome to Teach Elementary School, a place to develop 21st century skills in engaging, rigorous, student-centered classrooms. Teach students are 21st century learners who are critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, world citizens, and creators. Students who attend Teach Elementary will be well prepared to excel in their secondary education and will be well on their way to becoming college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school.

"We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist...using technologies that haven't yet been invented...in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet."                                        -Richard Riley, Former Secretary of Education


8 things to look for in Today's Classroom by George Couros

Our student-centered classrooms focus on the core elements identified by George Couros above.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Challenging, rigorous academics lead to student engagement.
  • Innovation, exploration and discovery develop critical thinking skills that allow students to engage with real-world problems and develop entrepreneurship skills.
  • Leadership begins with students who own their learning and become excited, engaged, life-long learners.
  • Collaborative work allows students to be leaders and members of a team. “…together we can do so much.” ~H. Keller
  • Environment nurtures social and emotional wellbeing; all students need to feel they are an important part of the community and are in a safe space to be themselves and to take academic risks in order to grow.
  • Awareness of the local and global community puts students in touch with real world problems, builds compassion, and provides opportunities to communicate and connect with authentic audiences.

Our Program

We teach district adopted core curriculum in a condensed time frame, providing an academically rigorous environment for students who are ready for more, allowing for deeper, broader exploration of content and supplementary studies.

Our classrooms are equipped with one-to-one technology to support student learning. Our students are adept at using the Google Apps for Education platform to complete classwork and homework, collaborate with their classmates, and to create a variety of digital projects.

In-depth, ongoing, experiences with coding and robotics, computer-aided design and 3-D printing, and digital arts and media allow students opportunities to develop design and engineering thinking skills. 

Using coding and logical thinking skills with Lego Mindstorm robotics

Using TinkerCad and 3-D printing to solve real-life problems

Project-Based Learning gives students opportunities to work independently and collaboratively to explore and solve real problems and present innovative, creative solutions to authentic audiences.

Outdoor learning grows an appreciation for the natural world around us. Our school garden and our dedication to providing students with an overnight study trip to a variety of outdoor education programs develops a deep understanding and compassion for the environment.

Engaging students in service learning helps develop an awareness of our local community and the wider global community. 

Our elective program enriches the curriculum with opportunities for students to learn from parents and community members who are experts in the field and provides students with meaningful, inspiring experiences in science, engineering, coding, sports and fitness, visual and performing arts, recreation, hobbies.

Visual and performing arts are an integral part of our program. Music, drawing, painting, poetry, live performance, drama, help us understand who we are and allow us opportunities to express our creativity, work collaboratively, and

Our proximity to the Cal Poly campus inspires us to adopted their Learn by Doing philosophy and provides us access to experts in a variety of fields. Our students benefit by experiencing the amazing activities and events on campus, and Cal Poly professors and students are often on campus providing expertise and support to our learning.

At Teach, students take deep dives into self-discovery as they experience a wide range of learning opportunities designed to both develop their strengths and challenge them in their areas for growth. Just as we begin to define our program for you, we also know it is a dynamic, growing entity because of the creative influence of our students, teachers, parents and community.

We encourage change because Teach is a place for everyone to learn, dream, create, and grow.

Our Students

Students who choose challenge thrive at Teach Elementary. Successful Teach students are ready for, and need, a challenge. Students who have had academic success in reading, writing and mathematics, grasp core curriculum easily, and seem to need an academic challenge are successful in our program. Teach students love learning! They are naturally curious, self-directed, and independent learners.

While it is an urban legend that Teach is just a pile of homework, in reality the expectations fall within district guidelines. Successful Teach students complete their nightly homework in math, reading, writing and other subjects, and in addition, Teach students are self-motivated to complete long-term research projects.

It is important for your child’s school to also fit the needs of your family. Our program is enhanced by parent involvement. Teach parents enjoy supporting our classrooms, elective programs, special projects, community activities, and fundraising. They seek out ways to use their special talents to enrich Teach School. It really does take a village!

As an alternative school of choice in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District, any student in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade who lives within the district boundaries may choose to attend Teach. 

Our Progress

We believe developing the 21st century student is our most important work as educators. Our school is built upon a history of achievement, expectations for high personal standards, and a rigorous program that fosters life-long learning. In 2010 and again in 2014, Teach School earned recognition as a California Distinguished School, and in 2012 as a National Blue Ribbon School. Our data supports our student success and the alumni who chose Teach will tell a story about how their experience made all the difference to their success.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”-Robert Frost

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