TK-8th Grade Education

Para Los Niños is committed to the success of our students and families in school, work, and life.

Our project-based approach keeps students intellectually enriched and our wraparound support builds social-emotional skills, character, and confidence for over 1,000 students at our Gratts Primary Center, Charter Elementary School, and Charter Middle School.

Gratts Primary Center

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Grades TK-2nd

Lorena Rodriguez, Principal
Lrodriguez@paralosninos.org

Charter Elementary School

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Grades TK-5th

Norma Silva, Principal
Nsilva@paralosninos.org

Charter Middle School

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Grades 6-8th

Hassan Dornayi, Principal
Hdornayi@paralosninos.org

At Para Los Niños Schools:

  • Students receive high-quality education—project-based learning that fosters creative problem-solving and innovation while emphasizing literacy and language arts
  • Families have access to the tools and resources to thrive — early intervention, mental health, and family support services
  • Parents are encouraged to engage and learn too — leadership development to support students’ academic achievement and build personal strengths to succeed
  • Families have the option for after-school — early drop-off and late pick-up available for up to 11 hours a day knowing children are safe and learning under the high-quality care of PLN
  • Admission is free and open to any student that is a resident of California

We Offer:

  • Arts, Robotics, and Music Curriculum
  • Bilingual Classes
  • Three Free Meals Daily
  • Early Drop-Off (7:00am CES & CMS, 7:15am GPC)
  • Afterschool (until 6:00pm)
  • Summer Bridge and Enrichment Courses
  • Parent Engagement and Workshops
  • Cultural Events and Field Trips

Our Goal

Excellent Education for all students and families.

We believe children learn best when:

  • Learning is integrated with the arts and across disciplines
  • Through inquiry- and project-based learning
  • Using their primary language and culture as building blocks for literacy
  • In school and classroom environments that stimulate learning
  • Through first-hand experiences that provoke thinking and language development
  • With sufficient time and opportunity to navigate complex and reflective learning experiences

The teacher’s role at Para Los Niños:

  • Create a safe and accepting environment where children can take risks and make mistakes
  • Foster each child’s potential and unlock her gifts and passions
  • Value and encourage children’s voices, questions and ideas
  • Set high standards for academic achievement
  • Act as both researcher and facilitator in the learning process
  • Have deep and flexible knowledge of content and pedagogy
  • Balance direct instruction and student-centered learning

The parent/caregiver’s role at Para Los Niños:

  • Believe in their child’s potential
  • Value and encourage her child’s voice, questions and ideas
  • Support their child’s learning in school and at home

The student’s role at Para Los Niños:

  • Actively participate in thinking and learning
  • Express, interpret and demonstrate his/her knowledge in different ways
  • Explore, research and solve complex problems
  • Be a productive and responsible member of the school community

School Inquiry

PLN is open to any school-aged resident of the state of California. PLN will not charge students tuition and will not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability.

Admission to PLN is on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there is more interest than available openings, entrance will be determined by a public lottery.

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