Award Year: 2019

Arroyo Vista Elementary School

335 El Centro Street
South Pasadena, CA, 91030-3006

(626) 441-5840

Mrs. Cheryl Busick, Principal at time of Nomination

South Pasadena Unified School District

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Arroyo Vista School's mission is to provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for children of many backgrounds so that each child becomes a literate and productive citizen of our multicultural society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 30%
  • Hispanic: 23%
  • Asian: 33%
  • Two or more races: 12%
Arroyo Vista All School Sing

Arroyo Vista All School Sing

Arroyo Vista (AV) has a strong academic foundation, a parent community that is interested, talented, and actively involved, a faculty professionally skilled and personally committed to meeting the needs of all students, and a student body motivated to perform well. Our decision making is rooted in the belief that students thrive academically when their social, emotional, and physical needs are met, and when school values the "whole child."

Our campus, like our city, maintains a small-town family-feeling. We believe in a strong family partnership and encourage families to be actively engaged. Daily, AV parents can be found in classrooms working with students, or behind the scenes offering clerical support, or planning school-wide events. Through a strong partnership with our parents and community, we have been able to successfully develop a comprehensive educational program that celebrates and promotes ethnic and cultural diversity, individuality, and emotional, intellectual, and social growth. We are widely supported by our community, resulting in a dedicated team bound together by our core values of respect, integrity, and diversity. Core values are discussed and modeled by all staff, students, and parents. Our team strives to build students who are caring and compassionate, but still resilient and strong. Students need to be flexible, creative problem solvers who are proactive and can communicate effectively. We know that these are the skills 21st-century learners need in the workplace and life. However, we know that these skills cannot just be taught; they need to be experienced.

At AV, our staff has worked tirelessly to stay current with educational trends, to seek out best practices, and to be lifelong learners ourselves. Teachers, staff, and administrators act on the principle that students come first. We are dedicated to ensuring the academic success of every student.