One of four schools in the Coronado Unified School District, Silver Strand Elementary is located three miles south of the city of Coronado on a narrow peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay.
Our student population draws from several unique and diverse populations. A significant portion of our students reside in Navy housing that surrounds our school, with other students coming from our neighboring resort community, "The Cays", intradistrict and interdistrict transfer students.
Our school has recently completed several phases of renovation, including new buildings, paint, gardens, landscaping, playground improvements and upgraded technology in all classrooms. Our library is filled with enticing books and up-to-date reference materials. Every classroom is actively supported by parent and community volunteers to enhance student learning. Our “Everyone A Reader” program, which was recognized as a Diamond Award winner by the San Diego County Office of Education, draws community volunteers from across Coronado. It is truly evident that parents and volunteers are not only welcomed, but embraced as educational partners and seen as invaluable resources to the children of Silver Strand Elementary School.
Our instruction is influenced significantly by our site strategic planning goal areas of student achievement and character education. These goal areas are supported by cooperative funding between our PTO and CSF (Coronado Schools Foundation) and allow all K-5 students to have weekly library, computer lab, VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) and science lab instruction. Free enrichment clubs offer students a wide variety of interest-based activities, and specialized after school clubs such as Robotics are also offered.
We are pleased to be embarking on our carry-over year of a Department of Defense grant that, in addition to other sources, provides extended small group instructional level-specific academic scaffolding for all students through our ASE (Academic Support and Enrichment) Program and a Before School Academic Assistance Program.
We have a number of after school programs, and partnerships that focus support on our military families and students. These include Operation Bigs (emotional mentoring) and Operation Pals (support for early primary students). Additional services are provided by our counselor, School Liaison Officer, and MFLC (Military Family Life Consultant), as well as a partnership in education agreement with volunteers from the USS Pearl Harbor.
In order to meet the needs of our youngest learners, we provide a State funded preschool for up to 24 three and four year old children. Parent education, classroom volunteering and articulation with our kindergarten teachers are integral to our preschool program.
Our school logo and front entrance mosaic epitomize our goals. The Silver Strand Voyagers are on a journey to become responsible and respectful life-long learners. Woven into our strong academic program is an emphasis on character education with specific monthly social skills that are reinforced school-wide with “Voyager Way” tickets. Our District’s Character Counts program emphasizes the six pillars of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship and forms the basis of our core values of the “Voyager Way.”
The camaraderie of our small school is evident as the entire school gathers each Friday morning for our flagpole ceremony. All staff contribute to the well-being of each child in our school, and our active PTO sponsosr many after school events which enhance our sense of "family". Staff meetings and professional development sessions are a beehive of positive and mutual support, and teachers also collaborate together closely during weekly Professional Learning Community meetings. Staff members and parent volunteers reinforce well-communicated high expectations for academics and responsible behavior. We are committed to providing a quality education for life as we weave home, school and community together in partnership.
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