Welcome to Cerritos School!
Hello Cheetah families; my name is Mrs. Briana Schnitzer and I am proud to serve as the Cerritos School Principal! I hope this site helps to introduce you to our school and the learning environment we create for children each day. We believe in educating the whole child, academically and socially, and know that elementary school provides the foundation for their future development. We take that challenge very seriously and strive to send our students forward with all the skills and characteristics necessary to become the responsible, productive adults of tomorrow.
Cerritos School is a beautiful place to learn! Having recently undergone a comprehensive modernization program, Cerritos School's upgrades provide our students and staff with a safe, secure learning environment that include enhancements to propel our children into the 21st Century. We are truly grateful to all of the residents of our community for continuing to value and support education – thank you!
Engaging students in the use of technology will continue to be a focus throughout the 2016-17 school year. This year we are excited to have a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Center as well as a Technology Learning Center at Cerritos! Students will have to opportunity to visit these centers on a weekly basis to practice their computer literacy skills and connect their classroom instruction through technology.
Cerritos School is a community of caring people whose goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment where students feel included, respected and valued. Our dedicated staff is committed to upholding these expectations by being proactive in addressing student needs and concerns. Cerritos School has adopted the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) approach to student discipline. Our primary goal is to reinforce positive behavior and prevent discipline problems. To do this we will teach, model and expect students to R.O.A.R. – To be Respectful, be Organized, be Accountable, and be Resilient. We expect students to follow the established procedures for the classroom, walkways, restrooms, MPR, lunch area, and playground. When students fail to follow the expected procedure, we will have them repeat the procedure correctly.
At Cerritos School we take bullying very seriously; so much so that we've developed a policy in this area. To read our Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy, please click here. We will continue our student mentoring, and our sixth graders will participate in the Cypress Police Department’s P.A.C.E. (Positive Action through Character Education) Program.
We have an outstanding partnership with the City of Stanton; through this collaborative, Cerritos School families have access to many services such as counseling, childcare, parenting classes, summer programs, mentoring, and many others.
My door is always open and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!
About Cerritos School
Cerritos School is in the Savanna School District which encompasses parts of the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton. Approximately 500 students attend Cerritos School. The staff at Cerritos School is composed of 21 regular education teachers, 3 special day class teachers, a special education resource teacher and speech therapist, as well as psychologist, counselor, and nursing services. All of the teachers at Cerritos School are fully credentialed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Support services at the school include clerical, custodial and maintenance, and special funded school based coordinated program and special education classroom instructional assistants. Student support is also maintained through the Student Intervention Team, a group of teachers who meet to help parents and other teachers with students who may not be progressing academically, socially, or behaviorally.
Cerritos staff members attend inservices and workshops on a regular basis to keep current on exemplary teaching strategies, new curricula, and methods to best assist students in meeting grade-level standards. Cerritos School's strong academic program ensures that the state and district standards are taught in a comprehensive manner. Students participate in a variety of assessments including District benchmark assessments; teacher and publisher assessments; as well as the State Testing and Reporting (STAR) program which includes the SBAC, California Standards Test in Science for fifth grade students, Physical Fitness Testing for fifth grade students, and the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) for second-language learners.
The Cypress Police Department provides the PACE (Positive Action through Character Education) program for sixth grade students, emphasizing character education and drug abuse resistance.