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Aspire Arts & Sciences Academy

Welcome to the Aspire Arts & Sciences Academy page!

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
#39-68676-0139923 Charter: #2063
Afterschool program? Y
Enrollment: 188
Hispanic: 56%
African-American: 8%
Multi-racial: 10%
Pacific Islander: 1%
Asian-American: 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 1%
Caucasian: 3%
Not available: 2%

Free and Reduced Lunch: 71%

Key Dates 2023-2024: 

First Day of School: July 31, 2023
Labor Day: 
September 4, 2023
Fall Break: 
October 2–6, 2023
Staff PD Day (no students): 
October 09, 2023
Veterans Day:
 November 10, 2023
Harvest Break: 
November 20–24, 2023
Winter Break: 
December 18, 2023–January 1, 2024
Staff PD Day (no students): 
January 2, 2024
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: 
January 15, 2024
Presidents’ Day: 
February 19, 2024
Spring Break: 
March 11–15, 2024
Staff PD Day (no students): 
March 18–19, 2024
Cesar Chavez Day: 
April 1, 2024
Memorial Day: May 27, 2024
Last Day of School: May 31, 2024

For information and resources on bullying and harassment prevention, please contact your school administrator or the Regional Director of Student Services at 209-647-3047 for support.

School Address & Contact Information


1605 E. March Lane,
Stockton, CA, 95210

Contact Info

(209) 337-3010

(209) 365-3166

School Officials

Principal’s Message


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 & 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