Harborside Elementary School provides an inquiry-based education for all students regardless of language, culture, gender or economic hardship. Staff, students, and parents work collaboratively to establish a learning environment with emphasis on academic achievement, social responsibility, and safety. Our goal is to establish life-long, independent learners who celebrate the diversity of the school community and are prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
Harborside Elementary School believes that the foundation of our children’s educational success is based on a strong partnership with home, school, and community. We are committed to working together with our families to ensure students success. Information gathered from students, teachers, parents, and community through informal surveys, the Hanover Survey, and formal academic assessment tools enable us to modify and revise our program, while challenging students to be critical thinkers. Our school seeks, encourages and respects each individual's uniqueness and values diversity. By providing an exciting and challenging learning environment, Harborside Elementary School seeks to empower and motivate its students to become risk takers who set positive personal goals to become life-long learners and leaders.
Harborside Elementary School is located on the southern part of San Diego Bay, in Chula Vista, California. Small farms and land utilized for growing crops surrounded the school when it first opened in November 1953. By October 1958, Harborside School added four additional classrooms, and in 1996, four more buildings. In 1998 another four buildings were added to serve this ever-growing community. Today, the original farming fields surrounding Harborside have been replaced with mixed single and multiple family residences adjacent to industrial and commercial enterprises.
Harborside has a student population of 682 students with 77.5% of our students being Socio-Economically Disadvantaged, 70.4% EnglishLearners, 11% Students with Disabilities, and 3.4% GATE. Our student race-ethnicity make up is: Hispanic (89%), American Indian (.2%), Asian(.4%), Filipino (2%), African-American (2.9%), White (3%), and Multiple (1%).Harborside serves students from a variety of social, cultural, and economic family environments. Currently, 100% of students qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. This school year, Harborside added inclusion preschool and two transitional kindergarten classes.