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About Our School

Dona Merced

 Doña Merced Elementary School is a K-5 school serving nearly 600 students in the Central School District.  First opened in 1979, and named after an historical ranchera who made it her mission to educate local children along with her own in the 1860s, Doña Merced has continued that mission as we provide a rigorous, standards-based system of education in a warm, supportive, school environment, all of which supports the belief of our staff:

 "Doña Merced Elementary School,

where every staff member is committed to the academic,

social, and civic success of every student."

Programs and Activities

Among the programs and activities offered here are: 

  • ExCEL and/or Instructional Support– providing targeted differentiated instruction in Language Arts for students of all academic levels in K-2 and targeted intervention in various subjects in grades 3 - 5
  • AR(Accelerated Reader) – utilizing our library and technology, accessed from both home and school, to motivate students to read and develop vital  language skills
  • Study Trips–providing a wide variety of off-campus learning opportunities for students at every grade level
  • Monthly Awards Assemblies– recognizing and honoring students for their efforts and achievement
  • Club Fit– promoting health and fitness through a school-wide before school walking/running program
  • After School Sports and Music Programs offering opportunities for 4th and 5th grade students to participate in before and/or after school soccer, track and choir
  • 21st Century Learning– utilizing Smart Board technology in every classroom and access to one-on-one devices for our students in 2nd - 5th grades
  • Art, PE and Music Education– providing enhancement of our core academic program
  • Family Nights and Special Events– encouraging fun and family involvement on and off the school campus
  • Positive Behavior Challenges and Rewards– motivating students to make good choices and treat others with respect and kindness
  • Philanthropic projects and service clubs - including Student Leadership, Jaggy Safety Patrol and Cafeteria Crews designed to increase social and civic awareness and responsibility
  • Remarkable Teacher Collaboration and Grade Level Buddies– providing innovative activities uniquely suited for students at every grade level  



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School Safety

We take the safety of students at Doña Merced very seriously.  Our school’s safety team, comprised of teachers, support staff, parent representatives, and the principal, meets regularly to monitor and maintain our Comprehensive Safe School Plan.  Our school's Safe School Plan is updated regularly, reviewed by the School Site Council and approved by the Central School District School Board every year.  The plan  is in compliance with California Education Code and includes items such as detailed plans and procedures to be followed in the event of a disaster or emergency, child abuse reporting procedures, discrimination and harassment policies, and plans for maintaining a safe and orderly environment during the school day as well as during drop-off and dismissal. For a closer look at our safety plan, feel free to make an appointment with the principal.