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About

the front of Whittier Elementary under a rainbow

Whittier School is located at 1800 Whittier Avenue within the City of Costa Mesa. Our school serves 434transitional kindergarten through sixth grade students. In addition, 32 preschool students are served in an on-campus preschool setting. Whittier also offers a Spanish Dual Immersion Program beginning in kindergarten. We have an active parent community participating in PTA and ELAC. We also partner with local community organizations and churches to support our students, parents, and staff.

Whittier staff believes that each child belongs to all of us. We work together to support students in developing as healthy, confident, life-long learners and leaders. 

All students at Whittier School will receive continuous support so they can access the core curriculum and become successful students within a safe environment. They will leave Whittier Elementary School with a solid foundation in reading, writing, mathematics, and citizenship. Our families will understand the important role they serve as a partner in their child's education and how they can work as a team member in helping their child reach his or her full potential.

Whittier PRIDE

Through the Whittier PRIDE (Personal Best, Respect, “I am college and career ready,” Determination, and Excellence) model, students are taught specific lessons on how to interact throughout the campus. These specific lessons include how students should demonstrate Whittier PRIDE in designated areas around the campus such as the playground, cafeteria, learning zone and restrooms, as well as how students should behave during arrival/dismissal, with technology and at assemblies. Positive student behavior is reinforced with PRIDE slips, which can be redeemed for an opportunity to win a prize. During each week’s Flag Deck Assembly, students are recognized for exemplary behavior by selecting raffle winners, and each month, teachers select a student who demonstrates one of the PRIDE character traits. Whittier earned Bronze recognition for the third time in 2022.