Teach Elementary School is 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, creators, and world citizens. Teach students are 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
Our student-centered classrooms focus on the core elements identified by George Couros (above).
Our Guiding Principles
- Challenging, rigorous academics increase student engagement.
- Innovation and exploration develop students' critical thinking, problem solving and entrepreneurship skills.
- Leadership begins with students who own their learning.
- 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 well being; all students need to feel they are an important part of the community and are in a safe space to be themselves and 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.
We teach district adopted core curriculum in reading, writing and mathematics in a condensed time frame, providing an academically rigorous environment for students who are ready for more, 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.
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. Classroom projects and our school wide Innovation and Exploration Initiative engage students in problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration.
Outdoor learning from overnight study trips provides our students at all grade levels with extraordinary opportunities to explore and appreciate the natural world around us. Our school garden provides additional learning opportunities closer to home!
Engaging students in service learning helps develop an awareness of our local community and the wider global community.
Our five-week Electives program is offered twice a year in fall and winter. Parents and community members, who are experts in the field, provide students with meaningful, inspiring experiences in science, engineering, coding, sports and fitness, visual and performing arts, recreation, and various hobbies. Students choose from a menu of options that change each time electives are offered.
Visual and performing arts are an integral part of our program. Music, drawing, painting, poetry, live performance, and drama help us understand who we are and allow us opportunities to express ourselves.
Our proximity to the Cal Poly campus inspires us to adopt 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 the Cal Poly campus, and interacting with Cal Poly professors and students at our own campus.
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. Teach, itself, 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 all of us to learn, dream, create, and grow.
Students who choose challenge thrive at Teach Elementary. Successful Teach students are ready for, and want, a challenge. Students who have had academic success in reading, writing and mathematics, grasp core curriculum easily, and/or love learning are successful in our program.
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 develop organization and project management skills 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 high 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!
Any student in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade who lives within San Luis Coastal Unified School District boundaries may choose to attend Teach, a school of choice.
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. Teach School earned recognition as a California Distinguished School in 2010 and again in 2014, and as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012. Our data supports our student success and Teach alumni are eager to share how their Teach 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