Teach Elementary School is a place to develop 21st century skills in engaging, rigorous, student-centered classrooms. Teach students are critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, creators, and world citizens. They are well prepared to excel in their secondary education and will be well on their way to becoming college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school.

Our mission is to provide an alternative choice for parents and students in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. Teach Elementary is designed for students whose needs include a rigorous curriculum, the opportunity for challenge and enrichment, an outlet for creativity and individuality, and an atmosphere that promotes leadership, responsibility, collaboration, and independence.

Our vision is to empower our students to become innovators, explorers, lifelong learners, and contributors to a diverse global community. Our school community shares a commitment to provide rich, varied learning opportunities for all students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and creatively. Teach Elementary is a safe place for students to develop their strengths and the desire and skills to persevere in areas for growth.


Students who choose challenge thrive at Teach Elementary. Successful Teach students are ready for, and want, a challenge. Students who have had academic success in reading, writing and mathematics, grasp core curriculum easily, and/or love learning are successful in our program.

While it is an urban legend that Teach is just a pile of homework, in reality the expectations fall within district guidelines. Successful Teach students complete their nightly homework in math, reading, writing and other subjects, and develop organization and project management skills to complete long-term research projects.

It is important for your child’s school to also fit the needs of your family. Our program is enhanced by high parent involvement. Teach parents enjoy supporting our classrooms, elective programs, special projects, community activities, and fundraising. They seek out ways to use their special talents to enrich Teach School. It really does take a village!

Any student in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade who lives within San Luis Coastal Unified School District boundaries may choose to attend Teach, a school of choice.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Challenging, rigorous academics increase student engagement.
  • Innovation and exploration develop students' critical thinking, problem solving and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Leadership begins with students who own their learning.
  • Collaborative work allows students to be leaders and members of a team.
  • Environment nurtures social and emotional well being; all students need to feel they are an important part of the community and are in a safe space to be themselves and take academic risks in order to grow.
  • Awareness of the local and global community puts students in touch with real world problems, builds compassion, and provides opportunities to communicate and connect with authentic audiences.

At Teach, students take deep dives into self-discovery as they experience a wide range of learning opportunities designed to both develop their strengths and challenge them in their areas for growth. Teach, itself, is a dynamic, growing entity because of the creative influence of our students, teachers, parents and community. We encourage change because Teach is a place for all of us to learn, dream, create, and grow.

Visit our collection of movies and slideshows to see our program in action!

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost

Want to Know More?

Come Visit: Tours available on various dates in late January through March.

Attend our Open House/Prospective Parent Night on Wednesday, March 18th at 6:15 PM

March is open enrollment month: HERE’S HOW TO ENROLL

National Blue Ribbon School

2018, 2012, 1992

California Distinguished School

2018, 2015, 2010