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1900 East 21st Street

(562) 985-0019

All-Stars Spark Success!


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Uniforms include white or blue collared shirts and blue shorts or pants

Minimum Day

Every Thursday is Minimum Day!

Students in Grades 1-5 are dismissed at 1:30PM


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Breakfast is served in the Cafeteria every morning beginning at 7:30 AM.

D.E.A.R. Day

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Fridays 8:00- 8:20. Dates TBA

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Principal's Message                

Welcome to Alvarado, home of the "All Stars"!

Alvarado Elementary is a high performing Title I school that serves a diverse group of students living in Signal Hill and Long Beach. Our colorful murals painted throughout the school demonstrate our value of tolerance and respect for individuals from all backgrounds. Alvarado is a relatively small school with a strong community and family atmosphere. Teachers and students form strong relationships and attention is given to each student’s academic and social needs.  

Our school prides itself on our deep commitment to Columbia Readers and Writers Project and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) in Mathematics. We feel that our focus and implementation of these teaching methodologies are the primary reason why Alvarado students have such high California Standards Test (CST) scores and virtually no achievement gap. Our instruction is tailored to the student level, and teachers regularly conference with students during Reading, Writing, and Math to determine where their next steps are and how to appropriately challenge them.     

Since Alvarado Elementary has such high levels of success, our school often hosts teachers and principals from other schools and districts throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, and the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Alvarado provides professional development workshops in Reading and Writing Workshop.  Alvarado staff facilitate the Alvarado Writing Institute, a 2-day workshop focused specifically on Columbia Writers Project, the Alvarado Advanced Writing Institute, the Alvarado Advanced Reading Institute, and the Alvarado Reading Institute, a 2-day workshop focused specifically on Columbia Readers Project.  Approximately 30-40 teachers attend each Institute, where they receive intensive training from our facilitators in the morning and then are able to see our students and teachers at work through classroom observations and debriefing sessions in the afternoon. Outside of our workshops, Alvarado hosts 300+ visitors annually who are interested in our methodologies; we are always enthusiastic about having guests on our campus.  To find out more about how to attend one of our observation days, please email me.

Other wonderful programs and activities offered at Alvarado are: WRAP after school program, character education, and instrumental and vocal music, among others.  

We strongly encourage and value parent participation through our VIPS program where parents can volunteer in classrooms, the office, valet parking, field trips, or to help prepare materials for children. Additionally, parents participate in our Parent Action Team (P.A.T.) that meets regularly and supports our school through fundraising, volunteering, and organizing social events.  

Overall, Alvarado is a campus rich with a diverse student body, highly committed and skilled teachers, and a rigorous curriculum that meets individual student needs.

All of us at Alvarado welcome you and look forward to an exciting and successful school year!

Mrs. Lucy Salazar, Principal

Alvarado News


Planning for Excellence – LCAP Highlights


Dear Friends,


Over the past several weeks, we have shared with you some highlights of our Local Control and Accountability Plan, or LCAP.  We have distributed the publications Academic ExcellenceBasic Services – A Foundation for Excellence, and A Team Effort – Parents, Students and School. Today we’re providing those documents combined in one convenient publication titled Planning for Excellence. Toward the end of this compilation, you’ll also find an extensive list of family resources to support academic achievement.


If the title links to the above documents don’t work, you can also find them at under the Local Control Funding section.


Best regards,


Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools


Planificación para la Excelencia – Lo Destacado del Plan de Control y Responsabilidad Local


Estimados Amigos,


En las últimas semanas, hemos compartido con ustedes algunos puntos destacados del Plan de Control y Responsabilidad Local o LCAP.  Hemos distribuido las publicaciones Excelencia AcadémicaServicios Básicos – La Fundación para la Excelencia, y Un Esfuerzo en Equipo – Padres de Familia, Estudiantes y Escuela.  El día de hoy proporcionamos esos documentos en una publicación titulada Planificación para la Excelencia.  Hacia el final de esta recopilación, usted encontrará una lista extensa de muchos recursos familiares para apoyar el logro académico. 


Si los enlaces con los títulos no funcionan, usted también puede encontrarlos en bajo la sección “Local Control Funding.”


Mis mejores saludos,


Christopher J. Steinhauser

Superintendente Escolar



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Threat Prevention


Hello, Students and Families.


As we’ve seen in recent weeks, our schools are not immune to the potential threats that so many other schools nationwide have been dealing with.  We appreciate your heightened awareness of this issue, and we continue to encourage everyone in our school communities to report any suspicious information or activity that could impact school safety.


Threats to our schools are not harmless, and they are not funny.  They take valuable resources and time from our school district and the law enforcement agencies who work with us each day to keep our schools safe.  Threats cause anxiety for parents, students and staff, and they can disrupt the important work of teaching and learning.  Students who make threats face consequences that linger long after the threat is made.  We reiterate the Long Beach Police Department’s recent statement about such threats:


“The Long Beach Police Department takes all potential threats of violence very seriously and thoroughly investigates all reported incidents,” Chief Robert Luna said. “Making any kind of threat whether in person or online, is illegal and has serious consequences.”


Those consequences, as we also have seen in recent weeks, can include suspension, expulsion, arrest and potential prosecution under the law.  Students who make threats, even as a “joke,” can quickly find themselves facing the entire range of these consequences. 


We urge parents to discuss this matter with their children.  In light of the senseless loss of lives in recent school shootings nationally, it is completely inappropriate and unacceptable to make threats, even as a “joke.”


We have appreciated everyone’s support during this challenging time.  Again, we continue to encourage students, parents and staff to immediately report any information that could impact the safety of others.  With your help, we can continue to provide safe schools and the best possible education for our students.





Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools


Prevención de amenazas


Hola, estudiantes y familias.


Como hemos visto en las últimas semanas, nuestras escuelas no son inmunes a las posibles amenazas que otras escuelas a nivel nacional han estado enfrentando. Agradecemos su intensificada concienciación sobre este problema y seguimos animando a todos dentro de nuestras comunidades escolares a reportar toda información o actividad sospechosa que pudiera afectar la seguridad escolar.


Las amenazas a nuestras escuelas no son inocentes y no son graciosas.  Le quitan recursos valiosos y tiempo a nuestro distrito escolar y a las agencias del orden público quienes trabajan con nosotros cada día para mantener nuestras escuelas seguras.  Las amenazas les provocan ansiedad a los padres de familia, los estudiantes y al personal y pueden interrumpir la importante tarea de enseñar y aprender.  Los estudiantes que hacen estas amenazas enfrentan consecuencias que perduran por mucho tiempo después de haberlas hecho.  Reiteramos la reciente declaración del Departamento de Policía de Long Beach sobre estas amenazas:


El jefe de policía Robert Luna dijo, “el Departamento de Policía de Long Beach toma muy en serio todas las posibles amenazas de violencia e investiga completamente todos los incidentes reportados.”   “Hacer cualquier tipo de amenaza, ya sea en persona o por internet, es ilegal y tiene consecuencias graves.” 


Tales consecuencias, como también hemos visto en las recientes semanas, pueden incluir suspensión, arresto y un posible procesamiento legal.  Los estudiantes que hacen amenazas, aún en forma de “broma,” pueden encontrarse rápidamente enfrentando la gama completa de estas consecuencias. 


Instamos a los padres de familia a platicar con sus hijos de este asunto.  A consecuencia de la pérdida sin sentido de vidas en los recientes tiroteos escolares a nivel nacional, es completamente inapropiado e inaceptable hacer estas amenazas, ni siquiera en forma de “broma.”


Agradecemos el apoyo de todos durante este tiempo difícil.  Seguimos animando a los estudiantes, los padres de familia y al personal a que reporten inmediatamente cualquier información que pudiera tener un impacto en la seguridad de otras personas.  Con su ayuda, podemos seguir proporcionando escuelas seguras y la mejor educación posible para nuestros estudiantes.






Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendente Escolar


State law requires all public schools to create a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about your child's school, which includes:

  • School Description and Mission
  • School Programs and Instructional Materials
  • Opportunities for Parent Involvement
  • Test Results
  • Safety Plan
  • Facilities

We invite you to view the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for your child's school.  You can find your school's SARC here.


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Upcoming Events

Alvarado Enrollment for New Students TK - 5th Grade (2018-2019)

Begins February 20, 2018

Enrolling Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays

11:30am - 1:30pm, Computer Lab (B10)

Visit or stop by the office for more information on traditional/online enrollment & School of Choice



Registracion en Alvarado para Nuevos Estudiantes TK - 5 Grado (2018-2019)

Empieza el 20 de Febrero, 2018

Inscríbase los Martes/Miércoles/Jueves

11:30am - 1:30pm; Salón B10

Visite el sitio o pare en la oficina para más información de registramiento tradicional/en línea y Escuela de Elección 


Important Dates

2017-2018 Dates to Remember

Mar 30, 2018: Admission Day (Holiday — No School)

May 28, 2018: Memorial Day (Holiday — No School)

Jun 14, 2018: Last Day of School

Minimum Days (1 PM Dismissal for Grades 1–5)

"All Stars!"Schedule

K-Early 8:00–11:20
K-Late 9:40–1:40
Grades 1–3 8:00–2:05
Grades 4–5 8:00–2:10
Thursday Grades 1–5 8:00–1:30
Minimum Days Grades 1–5 8:00–1:00

School District News

Today: 3/17/18