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Our School

Our School


University Elementary at La Fiesta, a partnership between Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District and Sonoma State University, was founded in 2013 by a group of Sonoma State University professors, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District teachers and administrators, and local parents who are passionate about hands-on experiential learning promoted through project-based education.

Growing Together: Education Partnership

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District is the third largest in Sonoma County with about 6,000 students in grades K-12. University Elementary School at La Fiesta was opened in August 2013 in partnership with Sonoma State University. It's focus is on experiential and project-based learning. Our focus is learning.

Our Vision

University Elementary School at La Fiesta will empower children to become active, curious, creative, and effective thinkers in a perse community of learners. Parents, community members, university students, SSU faculty, local teachers, administrators, and the children themselves will work collaboratively to create an effective, reflective, and joyful learning community.

The program is grounded in three tenets we believe are best for educating children:

Constructivism: Children learn best through active, hands-on, structured learning experiences that reflect their interests and take their developmental needs into account.

Diversity: All children benefit from learning about life around the world, and from working alongside others who are both similar to and different from themselves.

Community: Schools and communities are enhanced when educators, parents, children, and members of the local community work together.

Our Mission

The mission of our school is to establish, expand, and sustain an environment that is safe and enables every student to attain a high level of academic achievement as determined by state and national standards. Students are empowered to become active, curious, creative, and effective thinkers through hands-on experiential learning opportunities and project-based learning. Our school is committed to delivering a support system to assure these outcomes.