Award Year: 2015

Yerba Buena Elementary School

6098 Reyes Adobe Road
Agoura Hills, CA, 91301-2105

(818) 889-0040

Dr. Erin Roderick, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Christina Desiderio, Current Principal

Las Virgenes Unified School District

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Mission

The Yerba Buena Elementary School community believes that all children deservea safe, stimulating, enriched learning environment in which every child thrives.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 13%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Fostering innovation and creativity through performing arts.

Fostering innovation and creativity through performing arts.

Yerba Buena Elementary School is comprised of a passionate team of parents and classroom teachers committed to developing an enhanced curriculum with more art, music, and technology elements that creatively empowers students with 21st century skills essential for their educational and professional careers. The innovative “YB BEAT” -- “Bridging Education, Arts and Technology” plan – was the culmination of a three-year initiative to develop a program in which the arts and technology are an integral, interdisciplinary, sequential part of every student’s academic experience to foster inspiration, creativity, and provide a foundational grasp of relevant technologies.

The YB “BEAT” enables students to focus on problem solving and employ creative thinking as they design, create and execute tasks, as well as encourage flexibility in tackling problems from different perspectives. In math, for example, students are able to utilize more artistic and technology tools to envision mathematical concepts.

Building on a foundation of computer lab activities, this program incorporates the new National Educational Technology Standards created by the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) to ensure students are ready to learn and work in an increasingly connected global and digital society.

To meet the needs of our gifted learners, students performing above grade level are put into grade level clusters, where they’re able to work productively with like-minded peers and teachers who focus on their specific skill sets through specific differentiated instruction strategies. Our program was recognized in 2015 as a Five Star GATE School by California Association for the Gifted (CAG).