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Peter's Canyon Trailblazer Motto:
"We are Passionately Committed to Educational Excellence as We Blaze a Trail to Success!"

Peters Canyon Elementary School, located in Southern California in the city of Tustin, was established in 1997 as a school of technology, this award winning school was designed as a model for the 21st century. Since its inception, the school has evolved to reflect the academic excellence and professionalism that are the hallmarks of an exemplary educational institution. The Peters Canyon Trailblazers’ mission is to promote academic, social, and technological excellence in a caring environment, and to prepare students, in a partnership with parents and community, to be life-long, self-directed learners in a diverse society. High standards, effective instruction, collaboration, and personalization are the school’s defining characteristics. Our strength lies in the unwavering commitment that faculty, parent, and community members have made to provide an exemplary academic program to challenge all students to be their personal best.

The curriculum at Peters Canyon is standards-based and both rigorous and comprehensive. It centers on our dedication toward producing the leaders of tomorrow who will require high caliber reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, as well as the ability to collaborate and problem-solve. Meaningful student assessments guide instruction and facilitate the mastery of concepts and skills in all subject areas. We passionately believe that literacy is critical to student success and have made it a driving component of every classroom. The teachers continually strive for innovative ways to nurture a love of reading, writing, and learning so that knowledge becomes a life-long pursuit for each and every student at Peters Canyon.

The teachers at Peters Canyon not only have high expectations for their students but for themselves as well. All teachers meet or exceed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) criteria for “highly qualified” staff which directly correlates to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. The spirit of life-long learning is reflected in our collaborative learning community and the implementation of a quality professional development program both in our district and at our site. Parents are our partners and are welcomed and cherished for their steadfast support of academics and enrichment. With over 7,500 hours spent on campus and in our classrooms each year, their backing is essential to the success of our students. The fundraising efforts of our dynamic Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) augment curriculum by providing educational assemblies, field trips, scholarships for Outdoor Science School, as well as math, science, and technological resources for all students.

We take pride in providing a nurturing atmosphere that commemorates achievement and encourages learning. Students are positively rewarded with “Golden Tickets” as acknowledgement for displaying expected behaviors such as kindness, respect, safety, responsibility, scholarly attributes, empathy, etc. Student of the Month and Trimester Award ceremonies acknowledge the modeling of positive character traits and academic achievement. Peters Canyon has recently been honored by receiving the California Gold Ribbon School Award in 2016, California Distinguished School Award in 2004, 2008, and 2014, and named a 2005 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, as well as a 2005, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 California Business in Education in Excellence Award - Honor Roll. While our school is short on history, the dedicated staff, students and parents remain focused on our future. Our commitment and devotion to student success is evident. As a positive model for upcoming schools, the Peters Canyon Trailblazers take pride in blazing the trail to prepare and educate our leaders of tomorrow.