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Site Visits for Prospective Parents
Santa Cruz Gardens is hosting parent tours for prospective students in all grade levels. Please join us on a Principal's tour of the site and to visit classrooms:
Thurs, April 23 - 9:00 - 10:00am
Thurs, May 14 - 9:00 - 10:00am

Our T-K program at Opal Cliffs School is also hosting a visitation event to welcome prospective parents and share information/answer questions:
Wed, April 22 - 10:30-11:30am

Any interested parents (and students) are also welcome to attend our upcoming Open Houses:
Santa Cruz Gardens (K - 5) - Thursday, May 21 - 6:00pm
Opal Cliffs T-K program - Tuesday, May 19 - 5:00pm

Registration for the 2015-16 school year opens March 2nd!
Pick up a registration packet from the front office any day of the week after 9am. Returned packets are accepted between 9am and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For Kindergarten enrollment, students need to have turned 5 before September 2nd, 2015. Students with with 5th birthdays between September 2nd and December 2nd are eligible for our Transitional Kindergarten program at Opal Cliffs. All district T-K students will register at Santa Cruz Gardens.

Students with 5th birthdays in July and August will register for Kindergarten at their home school, but may be put on a waiting list for TK - parents need to let their home school know they are interested in TK.

For questions, please call 464-5670. We look forward to welcoming your student to SCG!

United Way's Emerging Leaders Circle Supports Our Youth
On Saturday, March 14, twelve members of the Emerging Leaders Circle, a group of up and coming community leaders within the United Way of Santa Cruz organization, met at Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary to offer their time and commitment to our youth by participating in a beautification day.

United Way - Emerging Leaders Circle

With a motto of "Connect, Serve, Lead," this group of energetic young professionals works together to fill needs in their community by means of volunteerism. They may not have the income level yet to support charitable financial contributions, but they give in a very meaningful way of their time and energy to help improve the lives of people in their community.

According to co-founder Greg Lukina, the ELC breaks their year into four quarters, the first of which focuses on Youth Services (hence the service to an elementary school). They will next be focusing on teaching the principles of Financial Stability, followed by providing awareness about Health Services, specifically as regards opportunities for healthy eating, and finally they will tackle the challenge of Homelessness.

We are very grateful to the ELC for their service, and to Keisha Frost of the United Way of Santa Cruz for coordinating this lovely day.

Cabrillo College Engineering Camp
Cabrillo College is offering an exciting week-long summer day camp opportunity for 5th through 7th grade girls who want to learn more about engineering. The Baskin Girls in Engineering at Cabrillo College is free to participants and introduces the student to all areas of engineering through hands-on projects and teamwork. The camp runs July 27 - 31st at the Cabrillo campus in Aptos. The online application process opens March 2nd and will fill up quickly. Find out more information. (Applications for 2015 program will be accepted starting March 2, 2015.)

Be sure to check out the latest Dolphin Dispatch newsletter for updates and special event reminders!

Our School


Welcome to the 2014-15 school year, and to the Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School website! Our school offers an exceptional learning environment for a child to be nurtured through these critical first steps of his/her education journey. Led by a talented and dedicated faculty focused on their students' academic success and social-emotional development, SCG offers a well-rounded program that emphasizes essential 21st century skills like problem-solving and collaborative learning within the traditional disciplines of reading, writing, social studies and mathematics, infusing technology and digital literacy into a balanced curriculum that aligns to state-adopted standards.

We boast an extraordinary team of Special Education faculty, who support our students with special needs, and we are particularly proud of our renowned SDC Autism program that provides students with autism the opportunity to thrive in our inclusive classrooms.

We are supported in all our efforts by our amazing parent community who are committed to providing essential enrichment opportunities in the areas of music, dance, art, STEM, and a number of engaging extra-curricular activities. This year our Home and School Club is also helping to fund a new PE/Lifeskills program that teaches children about positive play, with practical skills for life like empathy building and conflict resolution, as well as a new after school Homework Center in partnership with our English Learner Advisory Committee.

We look forward to an exciting year of continuous learning and growth!

Upcoming Events

Superintendent Henry CastaniadaA Message from the Superintendent March 2015

Read the Superintendent's latest article or view it in the Capitola Times

Letter from the Superintendent regarding school closures
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Last updated: March 18, 2015