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Wildwood Elementary School, a California Distinguished School, opened in August of 1997 at the site of what is now Green Valley High School/Yucaipa Adult School. The school relocated to its current, newly-built facility in August 2001. The school houses Kindergarten through sixth grade students as one of five elementary schools in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. The purpose of the district is to provide: “Innovative Programs, World Class Education.” Yucaipa is located approximately 20 miles east of San Bernardino in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains between the Los Angeles Basin and Palm Springs. The Yucaipa Valley covers approximately 45 square miles and has a current population exceeding 50,000 residents. Once a rural community with numerous retired residents, the valley now attracts a diverse and younger population due to several new housing developments. Wildwood Elementary School is also less than a mile from County Line Road, which is the dividing line between San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Some of Wildwood’s students live in Calimesa, a small, but growing town of approximately 8,000 residents on the other side of County Line Road in Riverside County.
Wildwood Elementary School has ~700 students in twenty-five classrooms. The campus also includes a multi-purpose room with a cafeteria, a computer lab, a library, and a wing of support service offices that are used by the Special Education team and the English Language Learner tutor. Our school colors are red and black.
Our students named “Lightning, the Red-tailed Hawk” as the school mascot. The school principal administers the school program. All teachers at the school are highly-qualified, CLAD certified or equivalent in order to teach English Learners and fully credentialed by the State of California. Special Education services include: one classroom for Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) students, one classroom for Specialized Academic Instruction-Maximum (SAI-MAX) students grades 4-6, and a Speech and Language Pathologist and Psychologist who are on campus two days a week. Two Special Education instructional aides also assist with the program. The English Language Learner (ELL) program is conducted by teachers within the school day for 30 minutes of English Language Development (ELD) per day. An ELL Tutor assists with the program implementation alongside the teacher as appropriate.
A significant number of family members volunteer in classrooms on a regular basis. This involvement received national recognition when our PTA earned the national PTA “School of Excellence” award for parent involvement.