School Programs

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Our school offers some great programs to help foster your child's education as well as social skills. We strive to incorporate programs that will assist your child's positive growth, both now and for their future.

Academic Opportunities


GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) - The District is committed to enhancing the intellectual development of our students by providing opportunities for increased student learning. In addition to extension opportunities within the general education classroom, GATE students participate in dedicated extra curricular lessons and activities on an almost weekly basis. Click here to learn more about our District's GATE structure.

After School Programs


Safe Time for REcreation and Tutoring of CHildren (STRETCH) - STRETCH is a partnership between the South Bay Family YMCA and the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
The goal of STRETCH is to create a dynamic, and stimulating after school environment that gives children the boost they need to succeed academically and socially. This free program provides structured academic activities for K-6th grade students at fifteen of Chula Vista's Title I elementary school sites. Programs generally operate immediately after school until 6pm daily. STRETCH does not operate when school is closed, or during school intercessions, vacations and holidays.

All K- 6th grade students who attend STRETCH schools can apply, however, priority is given to students grade 1-6, referred by school personnel, who can attend for 5 days a week, and who can attend for the duration of the program. Enrollment is also determined by total space available in the program at each school, and the number of students enrolled from each grade group.

Applications become available in the spring of each year for the following school year. There is an initial enrollment period where all applications received are evaluated for enrollment. Applications received after the initial enrollment period will be added to the waiting list and enrolled according to a needs assessment, not the order received. Each site maintains a waiting list and students are enrolled as space becomes available.

To participate in the program, children are required to sign-in with their STRETCH Youth Leader each day within 5 minutes of school dismissal. We ask that parents inform the Site Supervisor when their children will not be in attendance or need to leave early. STRETCH staff cannot be responsible for children who do not sign-in or who leave the school grounds.

Parents or other authorized persons must sign students out.

STRETCH Hours at our school:

Monday - Thursday

6:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm


6:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm

Breakfast & Lunch Program

The Chula Vista Elementary School District takes part in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Meals are served every school day. Students, including Kindergartners, may buy breakfast for $1.00 and lunch for $2.50.

Breakfast and Lunch menu

The cafeteria is open on all school days, including minimum days. Breakfast is offered in the cafeteria each morning starting at 7:20 AM to 7:50 AM. Each student is issued a meal card that will be debited each time the child eats breakfast or lunch. Students who use their cards will receive lunch, even if their lunch accounts have a negative balance and parents are responsible for the cost. . Payments may be made in the cafeteria, in the school office, or online (see below in Online Services). Checks should be made payable to Cafeteria account, CVESD. Parents and family members are welcome to come and buy lunch to share a special day with your child.

Any questions or comments about the program please call Child Nutrition Services, Monday - Friday, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 425-9600, extension 1400.

Apply for the Free / Reduced Meal Program - Applications for this program are available in the school office.

  • Families must reapply for the Free/Reduced Meal Program each year. If you do not reapply, your child will revert to full pay status and will be charged for all meals eaten since the first day of school
  • New families who apply must pay for all meals eaten until approval is received
  • If you have any questions regarding whether or not your application has been approved, please call Child Nutrition Services: (619) 425-9600, ext. 1400

Online Services Available


All District parents may now conveniently make payments using a credit card by accessing the Parent Pay website (School Cafe) and creating an account. You will need your child's 6 digit district student number which you can find by looking on your child's report card, or by calling the school office. Online services available include:

  • View your child's up-to-date cafeteria account balances & purchase activity
  • Make payments on-line anytime, anywhere
  • Manage your child's cafeteria expenses
  • Set up hassle-free automatic monthly payments to replenish your child's cafeteria account
  • View & print payment history
  • Highly secure on-line transactions