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Principal's Message

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.

You may also click on the "PeachJar" link above to access all flyers.




Contact Us

215 W. California Avenue, Vista CA 92083


Principal:  Rachel Schmidt

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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2017-2018 Calendar


Extended School Year (ESY) ~ June 19-July 14, 2017

First day of School ~ August 16, 2017

Labor Day ~ September 4, 2017

Veteran's Day ~ November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Break ~ November 20-24, 2017

Winter Break ~ December 21-January 8, 2018

Teacher Training Day (no school) ~ January 12, 2018

Martin Luther King Day (legal holiday no school) ~ January 15, 2018

Lincoln's Birthday (legal holiday, no school) ~ February 16, 2018

President's Day (legal holiday, no school) ~ February 19, 2018

Spring Break ~ Mach 26-30, 2018

Memorial Day ~ May 28, 2018

Last day of school ~ June 7, 2018



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 each month.  Childcare is provided and Spanish interpretation is available. Dates are also posted in the display case at the front of school.


"Parents as Partners" Parent Support Group ~ Please contact your child's teacher if you have interest in participating in the 2017-2018 parent group.





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Parents, be sure to complete a 'Release Authorization Form' at the front office if you intend for another adult (other than a parent/guardian) to pick up your child from school. Please note, that ...more