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Welcome to California Avenue School. It is our hope that this website serves to introduce you to the school, provide helpful resources, and inform you of upcoming events. We value rigorous ...more

Our School Mission

The Mission of California Avenue School is to provide a nurturing place where all students are educated in an inclusive and respectful environment, to provide opportunities for all students to become ...more

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Be informed!  School and district flyers are posted on PeachJar and sent home via email.  Please confirm that the school office has your updated email address.

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Contact Us

215 W. California Avenue, Vista CA 92083


Principal:  Rachel Schmidt

Special Education Supervisor:  Jennifer Gruman

Office Staff:  Dafnee Ramirez, Vicky Orozco

California Avenue School ~ Home of the Cubs!

California Avenue School opened its doors in 1975 in downtown Vista. The school currently serves approximately 300 preschool and elementary students. Both general education students and students with special needs attend the school in fully integrated classrooms with a range of support services including: speech-language therapy, adapted physical education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hard of hearing and vision services. Other programs and services designed to meet the students' individualized needs include a sensory room, autism program, therapy pool, technology lab, and canine companions. The outside playground equipment is specially designed to allow access to students using wheelchairs and other adapted equipment. A resource library is located on site for parents to check out books and videos on a variety of topics. Parents and families are invited to participate in monthly parent meetings and workshops. See information posted on this website for a list of upcoming workshops.

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2018-2019 Calendar


First day of School ~ August 15, 2018

Labor Day ~ September 3, 2018

Veteran's Day ~ November 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Break ~ November 19-23, 2018

Winter Break ~ December 20-January 7, 2019

Teacher Training Day (no school) ~ January 18, 2019

Martin Luther King Day (legal holiday no school) ~ January 21, 2019

Lincoln's Birthday (legal holiday, no school) ~ February 15, 2019

President's Day (legal holiday, no school) ~ February 18, 2019

Spring Break ~ Mach 25-29, 2019

Memorial Day ~ May 27, 2019

Last day of school ~ June 6, 2019



Parent Resource Library ~ Please contact your child's teacher to schedule a time to visit the parent resource library and check out books & videos on a variety of topics.


Monthly Family Swim Day ~ Check your child's backpack for flyers regarding Family Swim Day one Friday each month.  The pool is located adjacent to the school at the Mary Lou Clack Center.  A lifeguard is on duty.


Monthly Parent Trainings ~ Check your child's backpack for flyers on each month's parent training topic. Trainings are held one Friday morning each month.  Childcare is provided and Spanish interpretation is available. 2018-2019 dates are: 9/14/18 (Communication), 10/19/18 (Sensory Strategies), 11/9/18, 11/16/18 (Behavior), 1/25/19 (Make it-Take it), 2/21/19, 2/22/19 (Kindergarten Transition). 


Also join us for fun Parent/Child Connection activities on 10/31/18 (Halloween Parade), 12/4/18 (Elks Lodge Holiday Party, 2/8/19 (Winter Wonderland), 5/24/19 (School Carnival). 


"Parents as Partners" Parent Support Group ~ Please contact your child's teacher if you have interest in participating in the 2018-2019 parent group.





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