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Aspire Arts & Sciences Academy

Welcome to the Aspire Arts & Sciences Academy page, previously known as Aspire Stockton Elementary!

Our Vision: 

Students enter our school as learners and leave as contributing citizens, critical thinkers, creative collaborators, problem solvers, and self-advocates so they are prepared to attend and complete college while instilling an appreciation for the arts and sciences.

Grades: TK – 5
Sponsoring District: Stockton
CDS:
#39-68676-0139923 Charter: #2063
Afterschool program? Y
Enrollment: 62
Ethnicity:
Hispanic: 53%
African-American: 3%
Multi-racial: 19%
Pacific Islander: 2%
Asian-American: 16%
Caucasian: 5%
Free and Reduced Lunch: 66%

Key Dates 2021-22:

First Day of School: July 28, 2021
Saturday School: August 21, 2021
Labor Day: September 6, 2021
Staff PD Day (no students): September 3, 2021
Fall Break: October 4 – 8, 2021
Veterans Day: November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday (1 Week): November 22 – 26, 2021
Student Exhibitions: December 9, 2021
Winter Break (2 Weeks): December 20, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Staff PD Day (no students): January 3, 2022
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 17, 2022
Presidents’ Day: February 21, 2022
Art Celebration of Learning: March 10, 2022
Spring Break (1 Week): March 14 – 18, 2022
Staff PD Day (no students): March 21, 2022
Staff PD Day (no students): March 22, 2022
Cesar Chavez Day (no students): March 31, 2022
Student Exhibitions: May 12, 2022
Last Day of School: May 27, 2022
Last Day of Teacher Work Year: May 27, 2022
Memorial Day: May 30, 2022

School Address & Contact Information

Address

1930 South D. St.
Stockton, CA 95206

Contact Info

Phone:
(209) 337-3010

Fax:
(209) 365-3166

Principal’s Message

Hello!

Welcome to the Aspire family! I am excited to have you as members of our newest elementary school. Let me tell you about my vision. Aspire Arts and Sciences Academy will have a comprehensive academic program like all Aspire schools yet what will set us apart from other Aspire schools is dedicated time for visual arts, spoken word, and innovative demonstrations of learning often called ‘Celebrations of Learning.’

Our projected plan for the first two years is to focus on visual arts and oratory skills. As our school grows into the third, fourth, and fifth years, we will deepen instruction with a greater emphasis on science, becoming a full STEAM school by 23-24.

As we grow and cultivate our students’ learning, we’ll have several key initiatives we ask parents to participate in such as the school naming process, Saturday school, Celebrations of Learning, community engagement meetings, and of course, support within the classroom.

Aspire Public Schools from the onset have had the mantra of college for certain, and we maintain that mantra plus our staff will work at four levers to achieve “College for Certain”: they are equity-driven, data-informed, student-focused, and joyful.

I have a long history with Aspire Public Schools. I have served as an ELA Coach, Sr. Content Specialist, and Coach Manager as well as leading other trainings and initiatives. I love thinking about and implementing different and interesting ways that engage students in learning. While I am new to being a principal, I have worked alongside dozens of principals over the years and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to open our new school.

I come from a large family and have deep roots in Stockton.  I was raised in the Corona Park neighborhood, near Edison High School. I attended UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in fine art. I began teaching youth art classes right out of college. After trying a few other career options, I realized I missed working with students. I substituted in a Migrant Ed classroom and after a week became the full-time teacher. I continued teaching at the same school site but moved into a first-grade classroom. After a few years, I moved to the Bay Area to teach at the first charter school in CA, San Carlos Charter Learning Center. At SCCLC, I met a wonderful mentor and friend, who is a founding member of Aspire Public Schools.

My work with Aspire Public Schools has always focused on bringing access to students like myself, first-generation college kids. I believe each student, especially Latinx and African –American students should have the same type of education, one finds in an upper-middle-class neighborhood. Our students deserve the same educational experiences and opportunities!

One of the ways to enrich our school and the lives of our students is with an art and science focus. Part of the plan for this year is an art exhibition, where all of the families and community can join us in celebrating our students’ artwork. 

I look forward to meeting each of you very soon!

Thank you,

Alicia DeSantiago
alicia.desantiago@aspirepublicschools.org

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