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Quick Info

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


These meetings help the school district to strategize programs to support Pacific Islander students.  View the attached flier for details and a schedule of meetings through September.


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.


Who visited Alvarado on March 17th?

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

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