About Us

Central School Mission Statement

The Central School Community believes in creating an atmosphere that develops self-esteem, to promote a lifetime desire for learning and to help children achieve their maximum potential through quality instruction and guidance, thereby, becoming responsible, caring, and productive members of society.

Welcome to Central School!

Welcome to Central School, the home of the Cheetahs! Central School, built in 1935, is in every way a ‘neighborhood school.' Many students are second generation Central students as their parents also attended when they were children and have fond memories of their educational roots. We are a Kindergarten through grade 5 school, including play-based Transitional Kindergarten, State Preschool and Special Education programs.

At Central School, teachers work collaboratively to ensure the academic and social growth of every student. We accomplish this by continually monitoring the progress of every student – from newcomers who are just learning English to students who are struggling with reading to advanced students who require challenging academics to keep them motivated and inquisitive. We are guided by state standards and rely on the support of a strong intervention team, support staff, and the innovative use of technology to creatively encourage student engagement and advancement. Our robust physical education program supports the Live Heads Up philosophy that encourages students to have an upward-looking, positive attitude.

 Our proximity to downtown Escondido provides students with community support and experiences from our numerous partnerships, including the California Center for the Arts, the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, and EcoLife Conservation.

Our teachers and staff are eager to welcome students from diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourage parents to join our active PTA to ensure a productive home-school connection. We look forward to establishing relationships with every family at Central School.

Central Practices PAWS!

P - Personal Best

A - Act Responsibly

W - Work and Play Safely

S - Show Respect to All


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