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Alvarado Elementary School

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

    Minimum Days


    Every Thursday is Minimum Day!

    Students in Grades 1-5 
    are dismissed at 1:30 p.m.


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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

    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 Calendar
    Important Dates
    Sep 26, 2018 Back to School Night
    Nov 05–13, 2018 Elementary Conference Days
    Nov 19–23 2018 Thanksgiving Recess
    Mar 05–06, 2019 Spring Conferences
    April 22–26, 2019 Spring Recess
    May 22, 2019 Alvarado Open House
    Jun 13, 2019 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
    Grader 1-3 8:00 - 2:05
    Grades 4-5 8:00 - 2:10
    Grades 1-5

    8:00 - 1:30

    Minimum Days
    Grades 1-5

    8:00 - 1:00