Toro Park School
22500 Portola Drive,Salinas, CA 93908
Secretary: Kathleen Dunlap
Toro Park Elementary School focuses on the unique social, emotional, and academic needs of students in grades K-3. The curriculum at each grade level includes reading, spelling, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, art, music, and drama. The specific instruction at each level is based on the State Standards for that grade. Teachers plan learning activities that build on the interests, and extend the skills, of young learners. They use a variety of materials and creative teaching strategies to motivate the students and to make learning fun and challenging. Field trips, guest speakers, and special assemblies are curriculum-related and help connect concepts learned in school to life outside the classroom.
Academic learning is the primary focus of school. Other areas, however, are also emphasized. Students at Toro Park learn the importance of getting along with peers, as well as learning appropriate social skills, practicing self-control and tolerance, working hard and feeling pride in a job well done, and developing civic responsibility. These are all important life lessons that are incorporated into the school experience.
The school serves 400 students in kindergarten through third grades, with an average class size of 25 students. Each class receives additional instructional support from instructional assistants provided by the District. Kindergarten through third grade students from the Toro School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing located on campus are integrated into classes with interpreters. Students with special needs are supported through our Learning Center and included in the general education classroom environment as much as possible.
Students and classrooms are recognized at trimester assemblies for participation in the library reading program, attendance, and other accomplishments.
Students participate in the Art Docent Program, which is organized on a District level. Each class receives one art lesson and one picture of the month talk each month, presented by parent volunteers. Each year student art is displayed at the Art Festival. Toro Park students also participate in a Dance Festival each year organized by grade levels. Each grade level has one performance during the year that incorporates singing, dance, and/or drama. The Toro Park School motto is “A Great Place to Start.” The staff, students, and parents all work together to make that motto a true reflection of the school experience for each child.