Principal's Message

Welcome to El Cerrito, home of the Super Scotties!  We firmly believe that all children have the opportunity to learn in a safe, positive environment that promotes and encourages respect and responsibility. Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” At El Cerrito, our Scotties are provided daily opportunities to dream and create.  Our STEM lab, which includes ozobots, spheros, cublets, and ozmo, is a place where students interact with technology in new and different ways, allowing them to engage in collaborative projects, thereby ensuring their future success through meaningful and engaging learning activities both during the school day and in our after school programs.  Our safe and supportive environment engenders student confidence and competence on the road to college and career readiness.

As a California Gold Ribbon School and Title I Academic Achievement Award School, amazing things happen at El Cerrito!  With a continual focus on student learning, all instructional activities are designed to provide students with opportunities for brighter tomorrows.  El Cerrito’s full-day Kindergarten prepares our youngest Scotties with the foundation needed for future success! 

Teachers meet on a weekly basis in Professional Learning Community groups to collaborate and discuss student achievement, possible intervention and enrichment opportunities and how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students.  Teachers are continuously asking themselves four key questions when discussing student achievement to ensure student success.

  • What do we expect students to learn?
  • How will we know when they have learned it?
  • How will we respond when they don’t learn?
  • How will we respond when they already know it?

The parents and the community are a key component to the success of our students.  Therefore, we welcome and encourage our parents to take an active role in their child’s education.  We strongly believe in “teamwork” because when the best and brightest come together, the possibilities are endless!

Emily Szary, Principal