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Cerritos Elementary School


Cerritos Elementary School is home to approximately 675 diverse students in kindergarten through sixth grade and serves the easternmost neighborhoods of the ABC Unified School District (ABCUSD). Our school community holds high expectations for the quality of education we provide our students, for student academic achievement and behavior, and for parents in support of all students and the school. As a result, our student body is comprised of highly motivated and very capable students who consistently strive to meet and exceed the expectations of their parents and teachers.  We are very proud of the many awards and achievements we have earned over the years including California Distinguished School, National Blue Ribbon School, California Gold Ribbon School 2016, and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence 2015 and 2016.


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 At Cerritos Elementary we believe citizens of the future must be life-long learners able to work and interact in a diverse society. Our goals for students are to master grade level content standards, use critical thinking and problem solving strategies, develop communication skills, and demonstrate positive and democratic social interactions.            


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By providing a rigorous academic and caring environment, we strive to help students realize their full academic potential, develop positive self-concepts, and gain enthusiasm for learning. We encourage all students to develop responsibility for their own behavior and a concern for others. Our goals are aligned with the goals of the ABC Unified School District (ABCUSD). We invite our community to help plan and participate in implementing programs to prepare students for a healthy and successful future.


Cerritos Elementary is a PeaceBuilder school dedicated to providing a quality, well-rounded education for every student.  This year we will also be implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies to promote a wonderful learning environment for our Cerritos Tigers based on these important foundational principles:



P       A         W          S


Personal Best   Act Responsibly    Work and Play Safely     Show Respect


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At CES we are dedicated to our common belief that all children will learn to master the California Common Core Standards at every grade level. Our Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students are “clustered” in classrooms and are provided a challenging, differentiated curriculum appropriate to their needs.  We are very proud of our Math Olympiad team, our highly acclaimed school band, and our incredibly talented performing arts students demonstrating their talents in the annual school play.  Another highlight is our sixth grade trip to the mountains for a week for Science Camp…a great experience!  In addition to high quality standards-based instruction, CES provides academic support for at-risk students and language support for English Language Learners (ELL). Ready Study Go!, an after-school homework assistance and tutorial program is offered five days a week.


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During the school day many volunteers help out in classrooms, teacher workrooms, and in the office. Parent volunteers teach the Junior Achievement program in grades K-6. The Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) offers strong support by providing an after school and summer enrichment academy, transportation for field trips, financial support to teachers for instructional materials, technology, books, and making very significant gifts to the school including our digital marquee!            

Further support is provided by our Cerritos Elementary Educational Foundation (CEEF) including our computer technology instructional program, technology devices, choral music program, Meet the Masters Art appreciation, and Science assemblies. The Foundation also hosts our annual pancake breakfast in October and Flavors of Cerritos in the spring.