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Mission Statement

Pepper Tree staff and parents work collaboratively to foster a sense of individual responsibility while developing self-esteem. Staff, parents, and students participated in developing Cornerstones for Success, the beliefs that guide our school-wide expectations. It states: We believe that: each student has the right to learn; each teacher has the right to teach; and parental involvement and support is essential to success. Therefore, all students and adults will come to school prepared to learn; do their best; take care of personal and school property; show courtesy, caring and respect towards self and others; and use safe conduct. Dignity for both adults and students underlies the fabric of the school’s climate and each and every student-staff interaction. We believe that because of these Cornerstones for Success our scores remain among the highest in the district.


Pepper Tree is the newest of Upland’s ten elementary schools, built in 1991. We are situated in the foothills below Mt. Baldy, approximately 35 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Pepper Tree is home to 29 regular education classes encompassing kindergarten through sixth grade, a resource specialist program, an EL instructor, a part-time speech and language specialist, and is also the home of the district’s home school program. We are the largest school in the district with approximately 760 students and the largest district-run daycare program employing a coordinator and four assistants to serve the before and after needs of Pepper Tree’s student population. In 2004, due to its fine academic program. Pepper Tree was named a California Distinguished School. Due to continued academic growth and program enrichment Pepper Tree again was named a California Distinguished School in 2008 and will hold the title a full eight years.


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